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Crain’s New York Business reports that Target Corp. and the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) union “have settled a dispute about which workers may cast ballots in a union election at the retailer's Valley Stream, N.Y., store, paving the way for the National Labor Relations Board to schedule the vote.

“The election next month will apparently be the first at a Target store since 1990, when a union drive failed at a Detroit store. It will be watched closely by the company and other big-box retailers, who have long fought to keep unions out of their stores. No Target stores are unionized.”

• Tesco-owned Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Markets in the western US announced that it is expanding its range of gluten-free products and creating additional displays to highlight them in stores. Gluten-free items have always been among the most frequently requested products by customers, the company said, and this builds on its 16-month old effort to introduce more gluten-free items, create a labeling system for the products and add a list of all gluten-free products on its website.

Fresh & Easy also noted that it has partnered with the Celiac Disease Foundation to highlight this month as Celiac Disease Awareness month. As more and more people are diagnosed with celiac disease, or choosing a gluten-free lifestyle, Fresh & Easy is offering itself as a neighborhood solution for people who have a very difficult time finding the foods they want and need.
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