VIDEO: Target forces employees to watch scary, creepy anti-union propaganda

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Gawker got hold of this really hokey Target video that sends a really despicable message. Thanks to David at C and L for making the vid embeddable:

At about the 1:50 mark, the anti-union push begins in earnest.

According to these wholesome, scrubbed employees, it's very, very dangerous to join a union. Dangerous and scary and creepy. And they should know because they're wholesome, scrubbed Target employees! And you can tell unions are evil because the music becomes Jawsy ominous:

"With a union you no longer have your own voice. Have a great suggestion? You can't take it directly to your manager. You have to go through the union layers. Need help with a problem? Same thing. Someone else will do the talking for you. And there's no guarantee you'll like what they have to say."

Yikes! I better quit the Screen Actors Guild and AFTRA, and Mr. Laffy should tear up his Writers Guild card pronto! We had no idea unions were taking over our bodies! All this time, we felt as if we were using our own voices when we voted for officers, picketed for higher pay and more benefits, made other choices with union help.

Why, when they went to bat for me when rules were broken on TV shows I was on, and when they insisted that I get paid overtime, got meals, fair treatment, protection, and respect, they were-- dun-dun-dun-n!-- actually controlling my every move! I count myself lucky I survived.

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  • http://thepoliticalcarnival.net/ GottaLaff
  • robert dinkle

    Those two people in the video are professional actors and they both belong to the Union.

  • robert dinkle

    DID YOU CATCH THE NON UNION LADY WHO SAID SHE WORKS FULL TIME AT TARGET, AND DRAWS FOOD STAMPS.   THAT IS WHAT UNIONS FIX.  WALL MART DOES THE SAME THING. MANY OF THEIR WORKERS HAVE TO GO TO THE GOVERNMENT TO GET MEDICAL HELP.  WHAT KIND OF DEAL IS THAT?

  • No AFTRA Scabs

    The actors in this video, Ric Reitz and Nicky Buggs, are card carrying, dues paying members of AFTRA and SAG amongst other unions.

    AFTRA has defended their members appearing in this video.

    This is Union Scabbing, plain and simple, and needs to be stopped. It is unacceptable and AFTRA must be ashamed of itself for allowing its Union members to produce anti-union propaganda.

    If you feel the same way, get involved! https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=209002379141489

    ALSO, make sure to sign the petition demanding an apology from AFTRA at: http://www.petitiononline.com/noscabs/

  • http://twitter.com/jazzcattrio Elizabeth Kennen

    Target is forcing their employees to watch right wing propaganda. Not only is that completely disgusting, it should be against the law.

  • Artkm

    Target is shooting itself in the foot here, and didn't their parent company (Dayton Hudson) get in trouble (boycotts and rep) for political donations under Citizens United? I liked the brand. The couple of times I've gone to a Walmart I found it depressing as soon as I walked into the store. Not Target, everyone looked better in a Target. They were a leader in corporate philanthrophy. If they don't want to deal with the UCFW or other unions who will, ahem, target them, why go into the grocery line? Leave that idea of being all things to all people to Walmart. Sears tried that with everything from Allstate Insurance to optometrists and dentists in the late 1970s and lost track of their retail core. Concentrate on what you do well, Or did well. For Target that was marketing well-designed, relatively inexpensive products to aspiring American dream followers. Don't kill the brand. Leave the politics out of it, including antiunion videos. Whoops, too late. 

  • http://twitter.com/foramerica2600 Deadpool Fawkes

    Had to watch the same type of thing. My company used the fear of losing our health benefits, wages, other company benefits etc.