Wal-Mart Stores Inc. Charged United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), with Unfair Labor PracticeBy Dexter Panganiban on Nov 18, 2012 in Business, Shopping, United States •
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Wal-Mart Stores Inc. filed an unfair labor practice charge against the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, or UFCW late Thursday, November 15, 2012, to stop months of protests and rallies outside Walmart stores as reported in huffingtonpost.com.
The move was made a week before the expected strike on Black Friday, November 23, 2012, as reported earlier. Black Friday Sale event is the busiest shopping day of the year.
“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,” Wal-Mart spokesman David Tovar was quoted saying.
Meanwhile, Communications Director Jill Cashen said that there’s nothing in the law that gives an employer the right to silence workers and citizens.
Wal-Mart counsel Steven Wheeless sent a letter on Friday, November 16, 2012, to Deborah Gaydos, assistant general counsel of the UFCW stating that numerous activities have caused disruptions to Wal-Mart’s business.
Report further said that OUR Walmart Union group, a subsidiary of the UFCW as of 2011, according to a filing with the Labor Department, is reported organizing its most public displays against the Walmart chain, with 1,000 protests such as strikes and what it calls “online actions” that began this week and will culminate on Black Friday.
Wal-Mart intends 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.
Wal-Mart filed its charge against the UFCW late on Thursday, November 15,2012, with the NLRB regional office in Little Rock, Arkansas. The case number is 26-CB-093342.
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