Local unions ready to reignite Target organizing efforts

  • Article by: MARISSA EVANS , Star Tribune
  • Updated: June 17, 2011 - 5:26 PM

Local union leaders leaflet passersby in front of Target headquarters Friday afternoon.

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buzzard23Jun. 17, 11 3:31 PM

Per the article, "Target's got to be freaking out..." I don't think Target is freaking out. People that currently shop at Target, who are also people that work at Target, should be freaking out. The union wages will price the middle class right out of door...prices will go up. Revenue minus union wages means prices will go up...to make the shareholders...who are public owners of the company...their returns. Have any stock in that pension plan? You'll feel the hit.

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alaskanredJun. 17, 11 3:44 PM

I say unionize. Target can shutdown all its location to fire everyone and hire new people if they want or cave. Workers across this country need to stop being afraid to fight for more because the business owners aren't afraid to fight for more for themselves.

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nferberJun. 17, 11 3:47 PM

Also from the article: "These are folks trying to be breadwinners, who have lost jobs in manufacturing and are now working retail." Yes, I understand your hardships. But they have to understand that they are now working in retail. It's doesn't take a specialized skill to work retail, hence why most of the retail employees are highschool or college kids working part time. It's not wanting to unite the workers, it is the 'all about me' mentality. I just don't see how this will bring a positive change to Target.

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theothompsonJun. 17, 11 3:57 PM

What's good for the Unions is bad for absolutely everyone else. If people at Target feel they should be paid more I would advise going back to school developing skills to warrant an increase in pay. I really don't get the point of unions in this day in age. If you don't think you get paid enough get a different job, or deal with it like the rest of the workforce. If companies don't have enough people applying for certain positions they'll have to increase the pay to attract applicants. Isn't this basic economics?

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larrymickJun. 17, 11 3:57 PM

Didn't know that those who work at Target were forced to do so. I'm sure most employees wish they were being paid more, getting more hours, etc. but people know that going in. If the union vote passes, I hope Target follows thru with their plan to shut down the store.

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JillbergJun. 17, 11 3:58 PM

I avoid getting groceries at Target because it is non-union. So Target would get more of my business if it were unionized.

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DUSTYBJun. 17, 11 4:01 PM

Sounds like the Union is in panic mode

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civilbobJun. 17, 11 4:05 PM

If Target unionizes I won't buy ANY groceries there. Prices would rise dramatically. I think it's amazing that retail workers suddenly believing their value is that of a skilled worker. You unbox stuff or you check people out, no masters degree required. You're in retail, my friends, not rocket science. If you want to make more, get a better job.

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muskiedogJun. 17, 11 4:08 PM

Nearly 40 local area union leaders tried to rally support to get more money from the working class. Stating I have a family to support. How dare they not unionize so I can have a livable wage off of other hard work.

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avalancheguyJun. 17, 11 4:11 PM

Target and Dayton's has made your Govenor very rich and when the unions sneeze he is there to wipe their noses yet he and other stock holders are fighting this

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