Target employees in New York win right to form microunion
Pharmacy workers within Target's store in Brooklyn, New York have won a vote to form a microunion within the store, according to a filing on the National Labor Relations Board's website and union officials.
The group of pharmacists and pharmacy technicians won an initial ballot 7-2 in favor of forming the union, the filing showed.
The National Labor Relations Board in 2011 ruled that so-called micro unions are appropriate when their members share "a community of interest."
That decision was upheld by a U.S. appeals court, spurring the board in 2014 to extend the standard to retail stores in a case involving fragrance and cosmetic department workers at Macy's.
Target is in the process of selling its pharmacy business to CVS Health Corp.
"Because of the pending sale of the business, we don't believe it was appropriate for the NLRB to move forward with the petition," spokeswoman Molly Snyder told Reuters.
A micro-union is a relatively new. In recent years it is nearly impossible for workers to unionize so now labor organizers are focusing on smaller, sharply defined groups of workers for the purpose of creating collective workplace action. So far the courts have upheld this practice as legitimate..