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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
Replies (51-55):
Lizard_Lina
by Silver Member on Nov. 22, 2012 at 6:54 AM
Lol nothing is ever as good as the first season no matter the show I agree. But that one explains it all lol


Quoting AMBG825:

 Haven't seen that one. I stopped watching South Park after season 2 because it just wasn't as funny


Quoting Lizard_Lina:

South park wal mart episode



Quoting AMBG825:

How can Wal-Mart be such a huge retailer when supposedly no one shops there?


 


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AMBG825
by on Nov. 22, 2012 at 6:58 AM

 Well snap. I'll have to go find it on Netflix

Quoting Lizard_Lina:

Lol nothing is ever as good as the first season no matter the show I agree. But that one explains it all lol


Quoting AMBG825:

 Haven't seen that one. I stopped watching South Park after season 2 because it just wasn't as funny


Quoting Lizard_Lina:

South park wal mart episode



Quoting AMBG825:

How can Wal-Mart be such a huge retailer when supposedly no one shops there?


 


 






 

Bookwormy
by Platinum Member on Nov. 22, 2012 at 8:10 AM
As normal, we strongly disagree. However, this is what I expect of Walmart. I was sure they would have fired strikers, replaced them, & "resolved" this by now.


Quoting candlegal:

I say fire them all, there are plenty of people waiting for jobs.


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IhaveHisjoy
by Silver Member on Nov. 22, 2012 at 9:42 AM
1 mom liked this

 

Quoting candlegal:

I say fire them all, there are plenty of people waiting for jobs.

Just a side story.... My dad once had most of his nurses and na's go on strike..trying to get the union in. (unions idea). He called me..I had a staff of 276 nurses..I called the instructor from the NA school. Within 2 hrs we were walking past the picket line. They all got fired and the ones that walked off shift got their licenses reported on. None of them were able to find a job in a 100 mile radius. Still to this day, no union. HA!

"Our society strives to avoid any possibility of offending anyone- except God"...Billy Graham
jcrew6
by Platinum Member on Nov. 22, 2012 at 10:18 AM

Consumers are just as guilty.


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. 



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