By Sahid Fawaz

Employees of a Target in Brooklyn, NY have done what was once considered unthinkable: organize a union at a Target store.

According to the Wall Street Journal:

"A group of less than a dozen pharmacy employees in Brooklyn, N.Y., passed the measure on Sept. 8 after the National Labor Relations Board approved a request to conduct a vote.

Target had argued against the vote, saying it shouldn’t have been allowed given the pending sale of the company’s pharmacy business to CVS Health for $1.9 billion. Target plans to appeal the NLRB’s decision to allow the vote, said spokeswoman Molly Snyder."

"The union would be the first such group among Target’s nearly 350,000 employees. There have only been two votes to unionize at Target stores since 1990, according to Ms. Snyder: at Valley Stream, N.Y., in 2011, and in the Detroit area in 1990. Both were rejected.

The Brooklyn employees decided to pursue a union vote after CVS agreed to buy Target’s pharmacy business, according to a pharmacy employee at the location who asked not to be named. Staffers were worried about potential layoffs, reductions in their hourly wages or other labor changes after the CVS deal, the employee said."

A few years ago, conservatives and the like laughed at the notion of retail and fast food workers unionizing. The times are changing, however, with more and more workers in low pay industries saying enough is enough and looking towards unions for a real voice on the job.

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0 #12 Konjokris 2015-12-10 17:00
Great news!!!
Pharmacy staff at my local Target in South Minneapolis are under staffed and the downtown Minneapolis Target is smaller but has an army of pharmacist and techs, this also happens to be attached to their headquarters and is a test store . . . I hope the union is able to cut through the corporate crap.
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0 #11 Art MacNeil 2015-12-09 13:10
This is the shit ! It's a beautiful thing.onward progressive soldiers!
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0 #10 Tom 2015-12-09 10:19
Good luck with the vote. Unions are the only way to protect the hard working people of the middle class.
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0 #9 Frank russell 2015-12-09 03:26
Good on you guys. more power to you and I hope to see more unionization in future.
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0 #8 jack wolf 2015-12-08 16:17
good for th3m i hope they win
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0 #7 Margaret Karch Hooten 2015-12-07 23:20
Excellent work! Let's hope this give others who work on retail the courage to continue fighting for better wages and treatment at the workplace. This is no longer a joking matter.
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0 #6 David Arnow 2015-12-07 17:20
Retail is the best organizing target (no pun intended). Can't offshore. Can't move to Alabama. The fact that a store is brick-and-mortar is a huge statement that the VALUE of the operation is the face-to-face, live people in it. It is the retail workers that create the value. They're essential. High time they organized and got what's theirs.
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0 #5 Tom R. 2015-12-05 21:40
Many don't know this but when the US Postal Service was the US Postal Dept the salaries and benefits were so bad that many Postal workers had to file for Food Stamps and other services to support their families. Sound familiar? When the workers strike in 1970 with Vincent Sombrotto stepping up to fight with the NALC we achieved better salaries and benefits. People need to fight as one force to get what they rightfully deserve from get these companies to share their billions in worth to those hard workers that got them there. Unions aren't the cause for the problems people have with these crap companies it's the greed that these companies have towards their employees. Time to fight and Unionize. Strike of 1970 ("http://old.nalc.org/news/conv/philadelphia2014/p ublications/Best%20News%20or%20Feature%20Story/Bes t%20News%20or%20Feature%20Story%20Third%20Place%20 TIE-%20The%20Maine%20Letter%20Carrier,%20Central%2 0Maine%20Merged%20Branch%20391.pdf")
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