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NLRB tells Wal-Mart to settle with protesting workers

12.15.13

DECEMBER 2013, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton Edition of The Union News

NLRB tells Wal-Mart to settle with protesting workers

BY PAUL LEESON
THEUNIONNEWSSWB@AOL.COM

REGION, November 30th- The American Federation of Labor and the Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) labor federation in Washington, DC encouraged their affiliated central labor councils throughout the nation to conduct a “Walmart Black Friday” protest on November 29th in front of the retailers stores.

Many current and former Wal-Mart employees have spoken against the retailers poor treatment of workers throughout the United States in recent years.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is a notoriously lousy employer which makes billions of dollars each year but pays their workers poorly. The company is the largest retailer in the world and has been found in the past of not paying their workers proper overtime payments and of violating other employment regulations.

Richard Trumka, President of the AFL-CIO, made his request on November 6th, stating with the holiday season upon us, the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Union is leading a growing coalition in an escalation to ensure the Wal-Mart workers see justice.

“As many of you know, thousands of Wal-Mart workers from across the country have joined together through Organization United for Respect to offer strength and support in addressing the challenges that arise in Walmart stores every day,” stated Mr. Trumka.

Wal-Mart has resisted labor union organizing for their stores. The retailer has went as far as to close a store that workers voted for unionization and reopened at another site several miles away avoiding bargaining for a collective bargaining agreement with a union.

Last year similar protest was held on the day after Thanksgiving and Wal-Mart seeked a federal injuction to stop the worker protest by filing a labor complaint against the UFCW in Washington DC, alleging the labor organization was behind the action of employees and former workers that participated.

The UNI Global Alliance, a international network of labor unions headquartered in Switzerland, conducted a world drive to force Wal-Mart to change their business practices and respect workers’ rights.

Meanwhile, the NLRB recently announced it is prepared to file complaints against Wal-Mart alleging the company violated workers’ rights to protest, unless the parties settle first.