Government Charges Walmart With Labor Violations

Walmart refused to settle on charges of retaliation

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By Sam Hananel

WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal officials have filed a formal complaint charging that Walmart violated the rights of protesting and striking workers last year.

The National Labor Relations Board says Walmart illegally fired, disciplined or threatened more than 100 employees in 14 states for participating in legally protected activities to complain about wages
and working conditions.

The labor board's general counsel first laid out the charges last November, but held off on filing a complaint while trying to work out a settlement with Walmart. The company has insisted its actions were legal and justified.

The complaint will go before an administrative law judge. If Walmart is found liable, it could be required to award workers back pay, reinstatement and reverse any disciplinary action.

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jrb359

When did people in the US get the attitude that someone else owed them a living? Years ago, if you wanted something, you would work hard and get it! Now people seem to feel that someone else is obligated to give them what they want. Don't like what the job is paying? Go somewhere else.

January 16 2014 at 6:45 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
btauble

Hoorah for the workers. About time WalMart paid their dues.

January 16 2014 at 6:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
silhouettesinc

It's going to Kill Mom and Pop stores!

January 16 2014 at 12:43 PM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply
arenadood

If you are schedualed to work and you walk off the job to protest, that is called Jon Abandoment. You can be fired instantly anywhere for that.

January 16 2014 at 12:41 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
calderasf

The 1% mega billionaires of Walmart are finally being attack for their greed and care of their workers who we taxpayers have to support while they count their billions.

January 16 2014 at 12:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
posthuf

Unions only want to unionize WalMart for one reason - more income for the union mucky-mucks to buy politicians. That is their only reason for being.

January 16 2014 at 11:51 AM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply
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Stephen

Wall mart a true Right wing Republican retailer. They belive as supporting members of the Anti American Tea Baggers and large contributers to the Black Money Bag to the Republican Right wing that they are above the Law. And are not required to do as the courts direct them since they did not sign the Constitution. It sound just like something that Cuban Sleeper Canadian fron Texas would say! Wellit's up to you and me the American Voter to vote them out and put in Congress people who actully support the Consitition.

January 16 2014 at 11:50 AM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
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rkoppelm

Even in a era of high unemployment, some people can still read an article of this kind and blame the workers. Wal-Mart isn't having any problem with its market share, and its bosses have more money than they ever knew what to do with.
I hope America quits blaming the unfortunate, and quits blaming our hard-working labor unions! Benefits, 40-hour work weeks, etc., etc., etc., we seem to take for granted, but we'd have none of it without unions.
Please don't blame the workers. There, bur for the grace of God, go you and I.

January 16 2014 at 11:37 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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rolnutz

Unions have done great things years ago,but lately they have demanded ,in many instances,more then they merit.An example from our area happened when Krogers built ,from the ground up,several new grocery stores in and around our town.The meat cutters were brought in to the stores from California,and in short order,even though they were making wages above any other meat cutter in the area they demanded higher wages and benefits. After much negotiation,Kroger finally gave up and closed all the stores.Not only did the cutters loose their income,so did all the non- union employees working at the stores,the suppliers,freight delivery persons,etc. The stores now sit empty.This is an example of unions cutting off their nose to spite their face. Their illogical demands all over the country have caused major job losses and transfers to other nations.Unions,and I was a member years ago, have ruined many good and needed company's through greed.

January 16 2014 at 6:47 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
ghelm92160

Just remember that our bias government is well and alive as the N.L.R.B. is the National Labor Relations Board and is not the National Labor and Management Relations Board. Over my career I dealt with this government agency and can assure you it's a one way street!

January 16 2014 at 11:07 AM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply
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calderasf

Yeah it's for the worker not the owner LOL

January 16 2014 at 12:29 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
dale

Most of these people you see protesting have never been a walmart employee. Some have been bused in by the union to help picket and make the crowd look like a great host of dissatisfied employees. the union requires laid off tradesmen to picket where needed, in order to receive some of the benefits you are intitled to while you are laid off. You ask why did i stay? i had to many years invested to just walk away and leave it all. Had i known when i began, what i know today, i would have never joined. most people make in a year what i did in 6 months, But most in the trade unions never gets a full year of employment. And everyone has to serve at lest 4 years in their school for walmart wages to start with, and every 6 months or year you get a raise, until you reach the top at graduation, at that point most get laid off to be no more be employed. And the benefits you have paid into, don't travel with you when you leave employment, they just stay in the golden pot.

January 16 2014 at 9:44 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Donna

The people who Walmart FIRED in retaliation for legal activities certainly WERE employed by this greedy, corrupt company.
Unions are the reason that workers in our country have ANY benefits. Before Unions, there were no workplace safety laws, child labor laws, worker's compensation insurance, disability insurance, minimum wage, overtime, health insurance, 40 hour work week, raises, sick time, vacation, pensions, etc.

January 16 2014 at 11:28 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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