January 15, 2014

WalMart won't like this one bit. According to the NLRB, investigations show merit to claims that WalMart violated the National Labor Relations Act when the company fired employees who engaged in strikes and protests.

The Office of the General Counsel found merit to alleged violations of the National Labor Relations Act against Walmart, such as the following:

  • During two national television news broadcasts and in statements to employees at Walmart stores in California and Texas, Walmart unlawfully threatened employees with reprisal if they engaged in strikes and protests on November 22, 2012.
  • Walmart stores in California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Carolina, Ohio, Texas and Washington unlawfully threatened, disciplined, and/or terminated employees for having engaged in legally protected strikes and protests.
  • Walmart stores in California, Florida, Missouri and Texas unlawfully threatened, surveilled, disciplined, and/or terminated employees in anticipation of or in response to employees’ other protected concerted activities.

I wonder how WalMart's public relations people will handle that one, given their ridiculous propanganda hit job on the Our WalMart effort to educate employees about their rights in the workplace.

Either WalMart will have to settle with the workers, or the NLRB will bring charges against them. I'm guessing the settlement option will play well with them, but it's going to take more like this to protect workers across the nation.

[h/t Raw Story]

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