OUR Walmart Statement on Labor Board Memo

Below is OUR Walmart’s official statement on the Labor Board’s ruling from earlier today.

Washington-This week the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) General Counsel issued a memo holding in abeyance a charge Walmart filed against UFCW over picketing which occurred at Walmart stores.  As part of the resolution of the matter, OUR Walmart will continue to inform its members and supporters that the organization’s purpose is to help Walmart employees as individuals or groups in their dealings with Walmart over labor rights and standards and their efforts to have Walmart publicly commit to adhering to labor rights and standards.

To place in context Walmart’s charge, OUR Wamart has filed over  80 charges against Walmart for its attempts to silence workers at stores across the country.  Over the course of the last year, there have been numerous unfair labor practice charges filed with the NLRB against Walmart for wrongful termination and unfair labor practices directed toward their workers.  Other pending charges allege that Walmart unlawfully attempted to deter workers from participating in legally protected strikes planned during last year’s “Black Friday” shopping period.  This includes alleged illegal threats from Walmart managers and the company’s national spokesperson, David Tovar,  who is alleged to have threatened workers on national television.

In Kentucky, a settlement of one charge was reached between Walmart and Aaron Lawson after Walmart fired Lawson following his distribution of flyers and for speaking out for better wages and consistent hours for him and his co-workers.  As part of the settlement, Walmart agreed to rehire Lawson and provide full back wages for the time that he was out of a work.

As noted in the NLRB General Counsel’s memo, to clarify any confusion about OUR Walmart, the organization will advise its members and supporters that the organization has no intent to have Walmart recognize or bargain with it as the representatives of Walmart employees.

“OUR Walmart has been able to raise the voices and concerns of workers at Walmart stores across the country and this resolution ensures that will continue,” said Colby Harris, OUR Walmart member from Dallas, Texas.  Citing Walmart’s recent announcement to address part-time scheduling, something that OUR Walmart members have been fighting for, Harris said, “Walmart is hearing us and at least starting to make changes that will improve the lives of workers and their families and our communities, and we will continue to raise our voices until there is real change at Walmart.”

In the resolution, OUR Walmart agreed to refrain from “picketing” or other actions that can be construed as “picketing” for a 60 day period.  This does not affect or limit OUR Walmart members’ and supporter’s ability to otherwise protest, demonstrate against or strike because of  Walmart’s unfair practices and poor record on labor rights and standards or otherwise help Walmart employees as individuals or groups in their dealings with Walmart over such issues and their efforts to have Walmart publically commit to adhering to labor rights and standards.

6 thoughts on “OUR Walmart Statement on Labor Board Memo

  1. This might come as a shock, but there is no longer a NLRB. Obama appointed 3 of the 5 members illegally as decided unanimously by a panel of Federal Judge one step down from the Supreme Court, The rulings of this illegal board are voided. We have a system of checks and balances in the US and we do not have a king. Your favorable rulings are the victim of this over reaching. Any future rulings by it will suffer the same fate. Face it, your “strike” was a huge bust and folks know it. You had less 50 workers walk out or less than one every 50 stores. You wasted millions of your members dollars on this lost cause. If the administration wishes, they can take it to the Supreme Court. That’s how things are done in the US.

    • “That’s how things are done in the US.”

      You mean if you can’t afford to buy a Congressperson or Senator you’re screwed!

      • You left out president which is what the unions did with the $600 BILLIONS of their members money. These illegal appointees removed the restrictions of having to inform members where their money was being spent. When you are the biggest cheater, you can’t be calling others cheaters without sounding like a fool. You proud now?

      • Slander, the last refuge of a scoundrel. Typical conservative drivel. When you can’t answer the question, change the subject and attack the questioner. So predictable. Do they teach that in thuggery school?

      • Facts are a terrible thing for you. Obama got caught paying back his union masters and now it is all undone. Workers win again.

  2. The strike was laughable. Do knuckleheads protesting on the basis of lies really expect to get ahead? When your seen on TV, you look like a bunch of losers.Americans should be protesting these weak minded folks attitudes. These losers cost the economy billuions each year. Like any other business, if you work hard, good things will come. If you sit around whinning all the time, you will miss the boat. Lets be honest, no employer wants to have to baby sit employee’s. Paying slackers more money will not keep them from being slackers. I read that the labor board slapped this group up side it’s head, just wanted to read your whinny spin on it.

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