Target Tells Us Gawker Has It All Wrong on Tape Leak
5:09 pm, June 13th | by Sylvie Krekow
Gawker reported this afternoon that Target makes all its employees watch this (purportedly educational) leaked video, that’s allegedly designed to dissuade employees from joining unions before they start working.
According to Gawker, Target shows the video to “all new employees in America when they’re hired.” But we got in touch with Target and they say the video is “old and hasn’t been played for our team members for quite some time.”
So who to believe? It’s tempting to imagine thousands of employees seeing the video — especially since, of all the corporate videos we’ve seen, this one is a gem. Nuggets of wisdom from the beautifully 90s-themed actors (ahem, “employees”) include remarks like “Team members have the right to join unions, but they also have the right not to join unions.” Team members are allowed to make decisions for themselves like real adults? Cool!
But a representative says the video isn’t in circulation anymore, so maybe (in this case at least) Target has moved a little beyond blatant yet hilarious propaganda.
Of course, that being said, the Target spokesperson also had no idea what year they stopped showing the tape. And “quite some time” is kind of an ambiguous figure.