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Tue Nov 20, 2012, 04:23 PM

 

Walmart Asks a Judge to Block Historic Strikes

The Chicago Reporter ‏@ChicagoReporter

Walmart files an unfair labor practice charge against protestors? Yep.
http://www.thenation.com/blog/171348/walmart-asks-judge-block-historic-strikes
Retweeted by Rollo Strubel

http://www.thenation.com/blog/171348/walmart-asks-judge-block-historic-strikes#

Weeks into a wave of historic strikes, and days before a planned Black Friday showdown, Walmart has filed a National Labor Relations Board charge alleging that the pickets are illegal and asking for a judge to shut them down. Walmart is no stranger to the NLRB: labor groups have filed numerous charges there accusing the retail giant of punishing or threatening activist workers, including dozens over the past few months. But this charge is the first one filed by the company in a decade. It will pose a decision for a judge and, even sooner, for the Labor Board’s Obama-appointed acting general counsel, who’s been a lightning rod for past Republican attacks.

The National Labor Relations Board, created by the 1935 National Labor Relations Act, is tasked with enforcing and interpreting private sector labor law. Walmart’s charge, filed Thursday night and reported by Reuters Friday evening, sets two processes in motion. The first, which could take months, is the full investigation and resolution of the allegation, beginning with fact-finding by board agents based in Walmart’s backyard (NLRB Region 26, which covers Arkansas and three other states). The second, which could advance as soon as this week, is the decision whether to grant an injunction restricting strikes against Walmart while the investigation proceeds. Experts say NLRB Acting General Counsel Lafe Solomon would have final say over whether the board seeks the injunction; if it does, a district court judge will decide whether to grant it.

Reached over e-mail, Walmart Director of National Media Relations Kory Lundberg said that the company filed the charge in part because “many of our associates have urged us to do something about the UFCW’s latest round of publicity stunts…” In an e-mailed statement, Dallas OUR Walmart member Colby Harris called Walmart’s charge “baseless,” and said, “Walmart is doing everything in its power to attempt to silence our voice.”

(More at the link.)

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Fire Walk With Me Nov 2012 OP
leveymg Nov 2012 #1
riderinthestorm Nov 2012 #2
Canuckistanian Nov 2012 #3
iemitsu Nov 2012 #4
busterbrown Nov 2012 #6
iemitsu Nov 2012 #7
Dont call me Shirley Nov 2012 #5
Initech Nov 2012 #8
progressoid Nov 2012 #10
Fire Walk With Me Nov 2012 #11
LiberalEsto Nov 2012 #9
progressoid Nov 2012 #12
socialist_n_TN Nov 2012 #19
quakerboy Nov 2012 #13
MissNostalgia Nov 2012 #14
drm604 Nov 2012 #15
LoisB Nov 2012 #16
marmar Nov 2012 #17
RedCappedBandit Nov 2012 #18
Tab Nov 2012 #20
loudsue Nov 2012 #21

Response to Fire Walk With Me (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 04:28 PM

1. Recced for visibility. This is an Important labor action. Boycott WalMart this Black Friday.

Support unionizing the biggest killer of Main Street retail and the American Middle Class.

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Response to Fire Walk With Me (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 04:32 PM

2. Important news and a big step forward for labor in this country! Kick for the Walmart employees nt

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Response to Fire Walk With Me (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 04:37 PM

3. Down tools!

Stay strong and stay united, OUR Walmart.

Fight! Organize!

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Response to Fire Walk With Me (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 04:39 PM

4. Yeah, I bet it is the associates who are asking management to put a stop

to "the UFCW’s latest round of publicity stunts…”.
I'll just bet.

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Response to iemitsu (Reply #4)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 05:05 PM

6. Unfortunately, they can always find a tea bagger or two working for them! N/T

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Response to busterbrown (Reply #6)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 05:09 PM

7. The same ones they use in their commercials imploring the public to believe that

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Walmart is good to its employees and the communities where they do business.

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Response to Fire Walk With Me (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 05:04 PM

5. Boycott Sprawlmart

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Response to Fire Walk With Me (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 05:14 PM

8. Wait - Walmart is complaining about unfair labor practices? That's rich!

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Response to Initech (Reply #8)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 05:33 PM

10. No Shit. eom

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Response to Initech (Reply #8)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 05:35 PM

11. Most definitely!

 

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Response to Fire Walk With Me (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 05:19 PM

9. K&R

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Response to Fire Walk With Me (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 05:36 PM

12. Grrrr....

While the NLRB is most often criticized by conservatives, its swiftest and strongest remedies are devoted to restricting unions. Federal law requires the NLRB to prioritize employers’ allegations of illegal picketing over other charges, and to request an injunction to stop the picketing if it finds “reasonable cause” to believe such allegations are correct, and expects to issue a complaint (the equivalent of an indictment). So injunctions restricting picketing are often granted within a few days of workers’ going on strike (in contrast, workers who allege they were fired for their union activism often wait for months, injunction-less, to find out whether they’ll get their jobs back).



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Response to progressoid (Reply #12)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 06:43 PM

19. Ah yes. Part of the "freedoms" of capitalism...........

If you're an owner.

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Response to Fire Walk With Me (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 05:55 PM

13. I wonder

If things would be any different if EFCA had been passed.

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Response to Fire Walk With Me (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 06:00 PM

14. I didnt think this day would come

WalMart is afraid of their workers actually demanding their rights

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Response to Fire Walk With Me (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 06:29 PM

15. Why do they say stuff like this?

Kory Lundberg said that the company filed the charge in part because “many of our associates have urged us to do something about the UFCW’s latest round of publicity stunts…”

Do they honestly think that anybody buys this? They did it because "associates" (employees) asked them to. Sure.

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Response to Fire Walk With Me (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 06:38 PM

16. They must think this is going to be a lot bigger than they originally thought.

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Response to Fire Walk With Me (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 06:39 PM

17. Unfair labor practices? You can't make this sh*t up !!!!

nt

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Response to Fire Walk With Me (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 06:41 PM

18. Oh sure, now government intervention is great. Hypocrites.

edit spelling

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Response to Fire Walk With Me (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 07:06 PM

20. Yeah, but they know it won't come in time.

Those things takes weeks, if not months, to wend their way through the courts.

The real value is the ability to warn employees of the potential "illegality" (which it likely isn't, if it's a one-time thing) of the actions and scare other sites away from considering similar walkouts.

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Response to Fire Walk With Me (Original post)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 03:51 PM

21. Corporations have free speech, but workers don't.

How's that working out?

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