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UAW SAYS NLRB DECISION TO ISSUE COMPLAINT AGAINST HUDSON'S IS INADEQUATE REMEDY OF MASSIVE VIOLATIONS

 UAW SAYS NLRB DECISION TO ISSUE COMPLAINT AGAINST HUDSON'S
 IS INADEQUATE REMEDY OF MASSIVE VIOLATIONS
 DETROIT, Feb. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- The following was released today by the UAW:
 UAW Vice President Stan Marshall, director of the union's Organizing Department, and UAW Region 1A Director Bob King labeled as "an inadequate remedy of Dayton Hudson's coercive and pervasive violations of labor law," today's tardy decision to issue a complaint against Hudson's for its illegal conduct during a UAW organizing campaign six months ago at its Fairlane Mall store in Dearborn, Mich.
 Marshall and King noted that the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) itself had issued a prior complaint on Nov. 22, 1991, against Hudson's, charging that Huffmaster, a security firm hired by Hudson's "engaged in the coercive and pervasive surveillance of employees" by videotaping their activities during the weeks before the election both inside and outside the store and in the public areas of the mall.
 "The latest decision adds still more evidence of Hudson's illegal activity including coercive interrogation, improper discipline of union supporters, illegal threats, confiscation of union literature, and the following and watching of union supporters," Marshall and King said.
 "Unfortunately, however, today's decision may prove no more effective than a similar decision involving an earlier election at the Summit Place Mall store; that decision did nothing to prevent Dayton Hudson's from continuing to engage in the massive lawbreaking that contaminated the Fairlane election," they added.
 "The violations at Fairlane, which followed the complaint at the Summit Place Mall store, were even more massive and more flagrant than at the Summit Place Mall store," the UAW leaders said.
 Further, though it has been almost two years since Dayton Hudson employees at the Westland Mall store voted 274 to 179 for UAW representation and nine months since the NLRB first ordered Hudson's to begin bargaining with the UAW and the Westland employees, Dayton Hudson continues to defy the NLRB order.
 The NLRB has petitioned the Sixth Circuit Court for enforcement of the NLRB bargaining order on behalf of Hudson's Westland employees but will not file its supporting brief in the Sixth Circuit until later.
 UAW supporters at Hudson's reacted strongly to today's NLRB decision.
 "Dayton Hudson's has threatened, bribed, harassed and ridiculed UAW supporters at its other stores ever since it lost the election at Westland," said Leonard Militello.
 "You just can't have a fair election when a company abuses its power the way Dayton Hudson's has," added Mary Flowers.
 In view of our experience, Marshall and King said the UAW is withdrawing its petition for a rerun election at Hudson's Summit Place Mall store.
 "Until the NLRB shows that it's able to enforce its bargaining order at Westland or we have evidence the company is willing to adopt a neutral stance and begin bargaining, we can't see putting our supporters through the stress and intimidation associated with another election," said Marshall and King.
 "We want to focus our attention on getting Dayton Hudson's to sit down with its employees at Westland and negotiate a contract that addresses the real problems of Dayton Hudson employees," they said.
 A rerun election had been set for Feb. 21 at the Summit Place Mall store after the National Labor Relations Board decided that Hudson's violations of federal labor law during an earlier organizing drive there warranted setting aside an election held Oct. 12, 1990.
 The NLRB charged that Hudson's had tainted that election by giving pay raises to 10 employees on the day of the election, by threatening loss of pension benefits if the employees voted for the UAW, and through other illegal actions.
 "Merely setting up a new election and requiring lawbreakers to post a notice that they won't break the law in the future is too weak a response," Marshall and King concluded.
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 /CONTACT: Richard Olson of the UAW, 313-926-5291/
 (DH) CO: United Auto Workers; Dayton Hudson; National Labor Relations Board ST: Michigan IN: SU:


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