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Brooklyn Target employees vote to form union

Target (well, at least part of one of them) becomes a union shop. Over at Gawker, Hamilton Nolan writes, “A tiny group of Target employees in Brooklyn have pulled off what no Target employees ever have before: they’ve formed a union. … a group of nine Target pharmacy workers have voted 7-2 to unionize with the UFCW. Caveats: the company is challenging the vote with the National Labor Relations Board, though they do not have a good reason to; more importantly, Target is currently selling its pharmacy business to CVS anyhow, so they won’t be Target Corp. union members for all that long; and, you know, it’s only nine people rather than an entire store. Still, this is a pretty big symbolic victory for the labor movement. It is the cracking of a facade that has previously been uncracked.”

Gov. Dayton weighs in on the Columbia Heights schoolboard member who made an Islamophobic post on Facebook. MPR’s Tim Pugmire writes, “Gov. Mark Dayton is calling on Columbia Heights School Board Member Grant Nichols to step down over comments appearing on Nichols’ Facebook page that denigrated Muslims. … After speaking to students Friday at Columbia Heights High School, Dayton said Nichols should be forced to resign. The governor said news reports of the comments moved him to visit the school.”

St. Paul Macy’s site gets a developer. Also at MPR, Curtis Gilbert writes, “Excelsior-based Oppidan Investment Co. has been chosen to redevelop the old downtown Macy’s site in St. Paul. … Details are expected to be revealed at 2 p.m. today. Patty Gibbs, a spokesperson for the company confirmed it was chosen. According to its Web site, Oppidan was founded in 1991 and has developed 300 projects across 27 states and in Canada.”

There ain’t room enough for two Pourhouses in this town. For Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, Clare Kennedy reports, “A new tavern slated for the Mayo Clinic Square redevelopment is being reworked, partially due to a name that was similar to a nearby competitor. … Chicago-based Bottleneck Management Restaurant Group was set to open The Old Town Pour House in the newly-renovated downtown Minneapolis complex formerly known as Block E. … Bottleneck will instead open a different concept called ‘City Works’ in the spring. The 10,000-square-foot restaurant will have 290 seats and a contemporary American menu…”

In other news…

Inside St. Paul’s Urban Boat Builders program. [Pioneer Press]

Sometimes a headline is so perfect you just: “This isn’t click bait, it’s cluck bait”

The Who postpones tour — delaying Twin Cities show till spring. [Star Tribune]

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Comments (3)

  1. Submitted by Brian Krause on 09/18/2015 - 04:28 pm.


    In 2012 on Long Island, the UFCW was thought to be close to forming a union. In response, Target chose the store to be the first one in the nation that it remodeled. The remodeling was supposed to take only 2 months, but the store remained closed for 7 months. While considerations were made to welcome employees back following re-opening, in reality few returned (including many union supporters) and the effort fizzled.

    Target won’t close a Brooklyn store over a pharmacy union, but they play hard ball and play to win.

    • Submitted by Frank Phelan on 09/19/2015 - 06:37 am.


      Watch it, Buddy! You’re talking about our community minded corporate partners there. You know, the ones that brag about how much they give to the community (after they demand tax holidays for locating anywhere). Why, they don’t think of me as a customer, they think of me as a guest! it just warms my heart.

    • Submitted by Robert Ryan on 09/19/2015 - 12:00 pm.

      An ounce of prevention…

      I talked to a young man who worked at Target about 8 years ago as a shelf stocker. He said that during training all trainees were required to watch anti-union propaganda videos.

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