Employees at least one New-York-area Target store are trying to join a union, complaining of wages and hours that have forced some into depending on food stamps to feed their families.
Target doesn't have any unionized stores, and the absence of any organized labor is working out great for the company's bottom line. With $689 million in profits in the last quarter alone, Target is vigorously fighting to keep workers from successfully organizing.
How is it doing that? Well, today, the press has gotten a hold of some of the anti-union literature Target management is distributing to employees.[jump]
One document passed out to workers warns that if they vote the union in, "If you break any rule you could be put on trial before the union bosses."
"Will the store close if the union gets in? There are no guarantees," reads another flyer. "The union has a terrible record of store closings."
Asked if employees were meant to understand that Target would close the location if a union is voted in, Target spokeswoman Molly Snyder gave City Pages this answer:
"Like all stores, this store's future depends upon its economic performance. We continually evaluate the profitability of all of our stores and have closed stores that are not economically viable."