OPERATIONS

Report: Target issues guidelines for store janitors hired by outside vendors

BY Marianne Wilson

New York — Target Corp. is introducing a new policy by imposing new rules on the cleaning companies it hires to clean its stores in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, Businessweek reported.

Target’s Twin Cities janitorial vendors will be required not only to comply with federal and Minnesota labor laws but also to give workers the option of at least one day off each week, and invite unions to meet at least once a year with management, according to a Target memo the labor group Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en la Lucha gave to Businessweek. Also, each vendor — unless released from the obligation at Target’s discretion — is instructed to reach deals with labor groups that want to represent their workers, the report said.

"This is the first policy of its kind in the retail janitorial industry," said Veronica Mendez, co-director of Minneapolis-based labor organization Center of Workers United in Struggle (CTUL), in a news release.

CTUL, a Minnesota labor group supported by the Service Employees International Union, has been calling on Target for four years to raise standards for workers who clean Target stores, but are paid by Target vendors.

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Amazon debuts Prime Music service

BY CSA STAFF

Seattle — Amazon.com has debuted a new feature for members of its Prime paid benefits program called Prime Music. The service provides ad-free access to more than one million songs and hundreds of expert-programmed Prime Playlists.

Prime members can also listen to music with no restrictions, meaning they can repeat a song an unlimited number of times and also download it for later listening. As of Thursday, June 12, U.S. Amazon Prime members with Kindle Fire HD/HDX devices will get Prime Music in an automatic, over-the-air update. They can also obtain Prime Music access by downloading the latest Amazon Music app in the Android and iOS appstores.

“In designing Prime Music, we wanted to remove the barriers between you and the music you love,” Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos said in a statement on Amazon’s home page. “We removed cost. You can listen to the entire Prime Music catalog for free — it’s included in your Prime membership.”

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P.F. Chang’s investigates possible breach

BY Dan Berthiaume

Scottsdale, Ariz. — P.F. Chang’s China Bistro Inc. is the latest retailer to investigate a possible data breach.

The retailer emailed has been contacted by banks and law enforcement agencies about online reports that credit card and debit card numbers matching ones used at P.F. Chang’s locations between March and May 2o14 have appeared for sale on underground hacker websites.

Media reports indicate the U.S. Secret Service is also investigating the potential breach, although the Secret Service has not publicly commented.

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