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NLRB CHARGES HUDSON'S WITH COERCIVE AND PERVASIVE SURVEILLANCE OF EMPLOYEES

 NLRB CHARGES HUDSON'S WITH COERCIVE AND PERVASIVE SURVEILLANCE
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 DETROIT, Nov. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- The Dayton Hudson Corporation (NYSE: DH) has been charged by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) with conducting "coercive and pervasive surveillance" of its employees at the Fairlane Mall store.
 In a complaint dated Nov. 22, the NLRB said as a result of employee surveillance carried out by the company and its hired security agency, Huffmaster Associates, Inc., the Hudson's "did ... and is interfering with, restraining and coercing its employees in the exercise of the rights guaranteed in Section 7 of the (National Labor Relations) Act and thereby did engage in and is engaging in unfair labor practices ..." The NLRB ordered that Hudson's cease and desist from the surveillance activity.
 "This is another sorry example of Hudson's willingness to break the law in an effort to intimidate its employees," said UAW Vice-President Stan Marshall, who directs the union's National Organizing Department.
 "In this misguided attempt to deprive the employees of their right to organize a union, Hudson's is further damaging its once-proud reputation and continuing to lose the respect of the entire community," Marshall added.
 "We call on Hudson's to cease this illegal practice and to respect the rights of their employees to freely engage in union activity," Marshall concluded.
 The complaint issued by the NLRB resulted from charges filed by the UAW on Oct. 10, 1991. The union charged that from about late July 1991, through early August 1991, Hudson's head of security for the Fairlane Mall worked closely with Huffmaster Associates, Inc. to spy on employees at the Fairlane store and in public areas throughout the large mall.
 The period in which the spying took place was immediately prior to a union election at the store on Aug. 9, 1991, which the union lost. A previous election in April 1991, had been won by the union but was set aside as a result of objections by Hudson's. The UAW has filed objections to the Aug. 9 election.
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 /CONTACT: Reg McGhee of UAW, 313-926-5291/
 (DH) CO: United Auto Workers; Dayton Hudson Corporation ST: Michigan IN: REA SU:


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