In a highly publicized election conducted by the National Labor Relations Board on Friday, June 17, the UFCW Union failed to win employee support at a Target store in Valley Stream New York. Approximately 60% of employees at the store voted against union representation. While the union has vowed to file objections to the election in an effort to gain a rerun of the vote, the chances for such action seem remote based on the reported grounds for the objections.
The election loss is a serious setback for the union in its effort to organize Target employees. We recently reported on the union’s apparent shift of focus from Wal-Mart to Target in its quest to organize workers at a major retail chain. Although the union has vowed to continue its efforts among Target employees, losing the election in Valley Stream has to be a serious disappointment.
Only time will tell if the UFCW can change the nature of labor relations in the retail industry by organizing workers at major retail chains. At this point the only heavily unionized retail employers are in the supermarket industry. That situation may change over time but for now the union pitch seems to be a little off-Target.