April 12, 2014 - Stamphistory07
On March 31, April 2 and April 7 2014, I attended a new employee orientation meeting and training at the Target store in South Setauket New York. At this festive meeting, conducted by a Target human resources “team member” with 14 years (according to her) seniority, an anti-union video was screened – I started to seethe. At one point, this blatant piece of propaganda gave a statistic showing that union membership is on the decline in the USA, implying that unions are antiquated and no longer needed in the USA. What Target’s video failed to mention is the reason for union decline is the loss of American manufacturing jobs and the rise of the low-pay service economy that Target is a part of. The video also gave other reasons why unions are bad for Target employees – items such as a rigid job description, a lack of employee co-operation and individuality, claiming that labor unions are a business and only want your dues….
We all know why unions are bad,….for Target – they actually might have to pay a living wage and provide real benefits. Labor Unions were once part of the backbone of the American economy. Unions worked to end the abuses of the 19th century laissez faire industrial economy and led, in part, to the formation of the American middle/working class that prospered into the mid 20th century.
PS: I later heard that aforementioned HR person in conversation say “I can pay my mortgage on time this month.” Really? After 14 years with a company you were paid to tout the advantages of, your mortgage is still an issue!
PSS: I quit their crummy job after the 3 days