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Virginia Target workers plan to refile petition for union election within next few weeks
May 19, 2022
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Workers at a Target store in Christiansburg, Virginia, plan to refile a petition to hold a union election with the U.S. labor board within the next few weeks after failing to garner enough valid signatures during their first attempt.
Unions need to garner support from at least 30% of workers who are eligible to vote in order to hold an official election under the supervision of the U.S. National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).
Adam Ryan, who has been working at Target Virginia store for five years and founded the independent group Target Workers Unite, told FOX Business that they did not meet that threshold because they underestimated the number of employees that worked in the store. They also discovered that some employees put their common name on cards rather than their legal name, which disqualified those individuals.
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NLRB spokesperson Kayla Blado confirmed that the group withdrew their petition but deferred additional comments to Target Workers Unite.
Ryan said they are already working to gather more signatures and making sure employees go back and fill out the cards properly. They plan to file again, and it could be as soon as next week, he said.