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Wal-Mart takes legal action in labor battle

 , NBC News

Wal-Mart takes legal action in labor battle

It's a battle of a big-box retailer and big labor. And as Black Friday - the busiest shopping day of the year - nears, it's starting to get nasty.

Wal-Mart is taking its first legal step to stop months of protests and rallies outside its stores, targeting the union that it says is behind such actions.

Wal-Mart late on Thursday filed an unfair labor practice charge against the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, or UFCW, asking the National Labor Relations Board to halt what the retailer says are unlawful attempts to disrupt its business.

 

The move comes just a week before what is expected to be the largest organized action against the world's largest retailer, as a small group of Wal-Mart workers prepare to strike on Black Friday.

"We are taking this action now because we cannot allow the UFCW to continue to intentionally seek to create an environment that could directly and adversely impact our customers and associates," said Wal-Mart spokesman David Tovar. "If they do, they will be held accountable."

NBC Latino: Wal-Mart workers plan large protest on Black Friday

The union is undeterred. "Wal-Mart is grasping at straws," said UFCW Communications Director Jill Cashen. "There's nothing in the law that gives an employer the right to silence workers and citizens."

Protests and rallies outside Wal-Mart stores around the country and other actions such as flash mobs have been orchestrated by groups including OUR Walmart, a coalition of thousands of Wal-Mart workers which wants to collectively push for better wages, benefits and working conditions.

OUR Walmart and another group, Making Change at Walmart, are affiliated with the UFCW. The union represents more than 1 million workers, including many at retailers that compete with Wal-Mart. According to a filing with the Labor Department, OUR Walmart was a subsidiary of the UFCW as of 2011. It is unclear whether it remains a subsidiary or has legally separated from the union.

Numerous activities over the past year or longer "have caused disruptions to Wal-Mart's business, resulted in misinformation being shared publicly about our company, and created an uncomfortable environment and undue stress on Wal-Mart's customers, including families with children," Wal-Mart outside counsel Steven Wheeless said in a letter sent on Friday to Deborah Gaydos, assistant general counsel of the UFCW.

The National Labor Relations Act prohibits such picketing for more than 30 days without the filing of a representation petition. The NLRA also requires the NLRB to seek a federal court injunction against such activity, the letter states.

The OUR Walmart group of current and former Wal-Mart employees is organizing its most public displays yet against the Wal-Mart chain, with 1,000 protests such as strikes and what it calls "online actions" that began this week and will culminate on Black Friday.

Strikes and protests have been planned across the country. For example, workers walked off the job in Seattle on Thursday and in Dallas on Friday as part of this effort, OUR Walmart said.

 

Bentonville, Ark.-based Wal-Mart said that anyone who is not an employee is prohibited from coming onto its owned or controlled parking lots or other facilities to solicit, hand out literature or otherwise engage in any demonstration.

Wal-Mart said that it intends for the UFCW to be held accountable for any injury or property damage that may occur as a result of the actions led by the UFCW, OUR Walmart or any of its other affiliates.

"We are prepared to and will take all appropriate legal actions to enforce our property rights, protect our business, and ensure the safety of our customers and associates, on Black Friday and in the future," the letter states.

OUR Walmart has said that it has thousands of members across most U.S. states, but has not given an exact number of members. Wal-Mart store workers pay $5 monthly dues to join OUR Walmart.

Wal-Mart has 1.4 million U.S. workers.

Wal-Mart filed its charge against the UFCW late on Thursday with the NLRB regional office in Little Rock, Arkansas. The case number is 26-CB-093342.

by on Nov. 17, 2012 at 7:58 AM
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Carpy
by Ruby Member on Nov. 17, 2012 at 10:39 PM

It's a catch 22.  I rarely go to Walmart, but where I live I don't always have a choice.  I buy from small business, for every thing I can.

Quoting stacymomof2:

I'm sick of Wal Mart destroying small business.

Quoting yourspecialkid:

 You know what....I say give them what they are wanting and raise the prices accordingly....I am sick of unions strong arming businesses.  Give them what they ask for.....consequences and all. 



stacymomof2
by Ruby Member on Nov. 17, 2012 at 10:40 PM
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LOL, yeah, that is a truly nuanced and accurate take on the whole thing.  Go ahead and bow to your corporate overloard, I for one am going to be upset that Wal Mart turns bustling small businesses into ghost towns by undercutting everyones price on everything with their mega purchasing power, crappy stores and crappy service.

And before you tell me I shop at Wal Mart, I literally NEVER do.  As a person who has owned a retail store in the past I always go to a local place when possible and refuse to buy loads and loads of poor quality merchandise because it's cheap.  I am careful with money and spend it on stuff that I need, and when I do spend it I get something nice that will last for years, if I can afford it.  What I can't afford is to buy cheap stuff that I have to throw away after a month or two because it's crap.  Name brand stuff is cheaper at Target or Family Dollar, for those that argue that Wal Mart carries other stuff than the cheapest garbage.  This I know because my nanny used to occasionally pick stuff up for me and after a few trips to Wal Mart I told her to please not go there with my money, especially after looking at receipts.  Everything from Tampax to Dawn dish soap (two things I get name brand) was cheaper at Target.

If people are really hurting (and I have been there) they still don't have to go to Wal Mart, you can get the same kind of cheap stuff at dollar stores and other discount shops which are owned by a private owner.

Quoting Claire-Huxtable:

People choosing Walmart destroy businesses.

Be sick of them.

A store can't do anything if people don't shop there.

Quoting stacymomof2:

I'm sick of Wal Mart destroying small business.

Quoting yourspecialkid:

 You know what....I say give them what they are wanting and raise the prices accordingly....I am sick of unions strong arming businesses.  Give them what they ask for.....consequences and all. 




Carpy
by Ruby Member on Nov. 17, 2012 at 10:43 PM

Sadly, many can not afford to shop in small business.  Companies have to cheapen products for Walmart.  Check out a pair of wranglers at walmart and then go check out a pair at tractor supply.  The quality is 10 times better.  Tire manufacturers even have to switch to a cheaper grade of rubber compound for the tires that go to walmart.  EVERYTHING is cheapened.

Quoting Claire-Huxtable:

People choosing Walmart destroy businesses.

Be sick of them.

A store can't do anything if people don't shop there.

Quoting stacymomof2:

I'm sick of Wal Mart destroying small business.

Quoting yourspecialkid:

 You know what....I say give them what they are wanting and raise the prices accordingly....I am sick of unions strong arming businesses.  Give them what they ask for.....consequences and all. 




stacymomof2
by Ruby Member on Nov. 17, 2012 at 10:56 PM
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And that's the evil of Wal Mart.

There used to be local drug stores, grocery stores, whatever.  But they all closed down and now some places don't even have a place to buy shampoo within 15 miles because walmart killed it all.

I lived in a small town years ago and bought all my stuff from the local drug store and grocery store.  You could go into town and be back a half hour later with everything you needed, after stopping at a couple different places, and it wasn't that expensive.  Furthermore the service was friendly and the same people who sold me my shampoo made enough money to come out to the restaurant I worked at on a Friday night and leave me a good tip on a steak dinner and a couple of beers.  Now they put in a Wal mart near there and the downtown is empty.  The two drugstores, two grocery stores, hardware store and clothing stores all shut down within a year or two.  The buildings are sitting empty.  Those places were all family owned and had lots of employees.  Now, nothing.

Oh and guess how much money the town makes in property taxes from Wal Mart?  Yeah, nothing.  It's not located in the town itself.  So they raised the property taxes on the home owners, since the business district sits empty.  So while everyone may be getting a really good deal on their toothpaste, they are paying for it when their property taxes doubled.  

Wal Mart isn't anywhere near as cheap as people think.  This is just one small aspect of it.  The people subsidize Wal Mart, whether they shop there or not.


Quoting Carpy:

It's a catch 22.  I rarely go to Walmart, but where I live I don't always have a choice.  I buy from small business, for every thing I can.

Quoting stacymomof2:

I'm sick of Wal Mart destroying small business.

Quoting yourspecialkid:

 You know what....I say give them what they are wanting and raise the prices accordingly....I am sick of unions strong arming businesses.  Give them what they ask for.....consequences and all. 




stacymomof2
by Ruby Member on Nov. 17, 2012 at 11:05 PM
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Exactly.  Since walmart is such a big purchaser they can get stuff manufactured just for them.  Cheap stuff.  Poor quality.  Something that you think you can afford but are stuck replacing after a couple of months, making it actually more expensive.

Quoting Carpy:

Sadly, many can not afford to shop in small business.  Companies have to cheapen products for Walmart.  Check out a pair of wranglers at walmart and then go check out a pair at tractor supply.  The quality is 10 times better.  Tire manufacturers even have to switch to a cheaper grade of rubber compound for the tires that go to walmart.  EVERYTHING is cheapened.

Quoting Claire-Huxtable:

People choosing Walmart destroy businesses.

Be sick of them.

A store can't do anything if people don't shop there.

Quoting stacymomof2:

I'm sick of Wal Mart destroying small business.

Quoting yourspecialkid:

 You know what....I say give them what they are wanting and raise the prices accordingly....I am sick of unions strong arming businesses.  Give them what they ask for.....consequences and all. 





Claire-Huxtable
by on Nov. 17, 2012 at 11:10 PM

I have no corporate overlord.

I am explaining reality as someone who has a shop that competes with Walmart for certain things.

I have not said anyone shops at Walmart nor suggested it.  That is your guilt or issue.

People shop there because it is cheap.   It is cheap because people shop there.

Maybe if people decided they didn't need so much crap, Walmart wouldn't always be there.

Quoting stacymomof2:

LOL, yeah, that is a truly nuanced and accurate take on the whole thing.  Go ahead and bow to your corporate overloard, I for one am going to be upset that Wal Mart turns bustling small businesses into ghost towns by undercutting everyones price on everything with their mega purchasing power, crappy stores and crappy service.

And before you tell me I shop at Wal Mart, I literally NEVER do.  As a person who has owned a retail store in the past I always go to a local place when possible and refuse to buy loads and loads of poor quality merchandise because it's cheap.  I am careful with money and spend it on stuff that I need, and when I do spend it I get something nice that will last for years, if I can afford it.  What I can't afford is to buy cheap stuff that I have to throw away after a month or two because it's crap.  Name brand stuff is cheaper at Target or Family Dollar, for those that argue that Wal Mart carries other stuff than the cheapest garbage.  This I know because my nanny used to occasionally pick stuff up for me and after a few trips to Wal Mart I told her to please not go there with my money, especially after looking at receipts.  Everything from Tampax to Dawn dish soap (two things I get name brand) was cheaper at Target.

If people are really hurting (and I have been there) they still don't have to go to Wal Mart, you can get the same kind of cheap stuff at dollar stores and other discount shops which are owned by a private owner.

Quoting Claire-Huxtable:

People choosing Walmart destroy businesses.

Be sick of them.

A store can't do anything if people don't shop there.

Quoting stacymomof2:

I'm sick of Wal Mart destroying small business.

Quoting yourspecialkid:

 You know what....I say give them what they are wanting and raise the prices accordingly....I am sick of unions strong arming businesses.  Give them what they ask for.....consequences and all. 





Bookwormy
by Platinum Member on Nov. 17, 2012 at 11:12 PM
Let me say that I *rarely* shop at Walmart. I didn't used to go there at all from 2000-2007. Since having DD we do sometimes end up at WallyWorld. I'm not proud of it but when its either the very least expensive on an item or it carries something I simply cannot find elsewhere, we will go there post child. As DINKs, we didn't ever. I'm *not* proud of this! But I won't lie. I do prefer Target or amazon.com for large store buys, HEB for groceries, Walgreens for pharmaceuticals, & local small businesses whenever possible. Buit I was the only one workig for a year & laid off during that time, then took a job for a lot less money, etc. So least expensive for the same item ruled our purchases for a couple years. And there are a few items only they carry.
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Luv.My.Kidz
by on Nov. 17, 2012 at 11:32 PM

Yup... people don't get that! I shop at Target and My mom shops at Walmart.... we compared reciepts.... I had her get the same exact things I needed, gave her the same coupons I was going to use, etc and I still came out about $20 cheaper at Target than she did at Walmart. She couldn't believe it. Things were "on sale" at Walmart according to them and they actually raised them it cracked me up. Walmart fakes people out with their wording.

Quoting stacymomof2:

LOL, yeah, that is a truly nuanced and accurate take on the whole thing.  Go ahead and bow to your corporate overloard, I for one am going to be upset that Wal Mart turns bustling small businesses into ghost towns by undercutting everyones price on everything with their mega purchasing power, crappy stores and crappy service.

And before you tell me I shop at Wal Mart, I literally NEVER do.  As a person who has owned a retail store in the past I always go to a local place when possible and refuse to buy loads and loads of poor quality merchandise because it's cheap.  I am careful with money and spend it on stuff that I need, and when I do spend it I get something nice that will last for years, if I can afford it.  What I can't afford is to buy cheap stuff that I have to throw away after a month or two because it's crap.  Name brand stuff is cheaper at Target or Family Dollar, for those that argue that Wal Mart carries other stuff than the cheapest garbage.  This I know because my nanny used to occasionally pick stuff up for me and after a few trips to Wal Mart I told her to please not go there with my money, especially after looking at receipts.  Everything from Tampax to Dawn dish soap (two things I get name brand) was cheaper at Target.

If people are really hurting (and I have been there) they still don't have to go to Wal Mart, you can get the same kind of cheap stuff at dollar stores and other discount shops which are owned by a private owner.


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RowdyRoxyRainbw
by Gold Member on Nov. 17, 2012 at 11:33 PM

Walmart is making its employees work on Thanksgiving.  This store is out of control with greed.  People need to stand up against shitty working conditions.  

Luv.My.Kidz
by on Nov. 17, 2012 at 11:33 PM

Yup...

Quoting Carpy:

Sadly, many can not afford to shop in small business.  Companies have to cheapen products for Walmart.  Check out a pair of wranglers at walmart and then go check out a pair at tractor supply.  The quality is 10 times better.  Tire manufacturers even have to switch to a cheaper grade of rubber compound for the tires that go to walmart.  EVERYTHING is cheapened.

Quoting Claire-Huxtable:

People choosing Walmart destroy businesses.

Be sick of them.

A store can't do anything if people don't shop there.

Quoting stacymomof2:

I'm sick of Wal Mart destroying small business.

Quoting yourspecialkid:

 You know what....I say give them what they are wanting and raise the prices accordingly....I am sick of unions strong arming businesses.  Give them what they ask for.....consequences and all. 





Follow my weight loss Journey.... I have 120lbs to lose in 14 months....Can I do it by changing my diet and exercising more? We shall see!!!! http://www.myfitnesspal.com/luvmykidz04


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