Target employees form company's first union

A group of Target (NYSE:TGT) employees at a pharmacy in Brooklyn have created the first-ever union in the big-box retailer's history.

Pharmacists and pharmacy technicians who voted to join the United Food and Commercial Workers union are organizing a micro union, making history for the 113-year-old retailer.

The National Labor Relations Board in 2011 deemed a micro union a "community of interest," Fortune reported. The National Retail Federation has frowned upon this approval, as it believes a large number of smaller groups could be harder for retailers to work with if they all have opposing interests.

Target is going to fight the NLRB's decision to let the pharmacy workers form the micro union, especially because the company made a deal to sell off its pharmacies to CVS Health (NYSE:CVS) for $1.9 billion back in June.

"Because of the pending sale of the business, we don't believe it was appropriate for the NLRB to move forward with the petition," Target spokesperson Molly Snyder told Reuters.

Target has twice overcome attempts by employees to form unions. The first time was in Detroit in the 1990s and the second time was in 2011 at a New York City store.

For more:
-See this Fortune article
-See this Reuters article

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