Walmart Workers in Maryland &Texas File Unfair Labor Practice Charges

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 8, 2013
CONTACT: Lynsey Kryzwick 646.200.5311, Zoe Bridges-Curry 904.476.8681

WALMART WORKERS IN MARYLAND AND TEXAS FILE UNFAIR LABOR PRACTICE CHARGES
Workers report unlawful threats from management in response to protests and strikes

Washington, DC- On Thursday, Walmart workers in Laurel, MD, filed Unfair Labor Practices (ULPs) charges against Walmart with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), citing the company’s attempts to silence workers who speak out for better jobs.  The charges allege that Walmart managers in Maryland, Kentucky, Florida and other states have been unlawfully and incorrectly telling Walmart workers that their actions taken last Black Friday violated the law and that any future attempts to strike would be illegal and punishable. Managers have also warned workers that associating or even talking with members of Organization United for Respect at Walmart (OUR Walmart)—protected activity under federal labor law—could lead to disciplinary actions and/or termination.

In addition to filing charges, workers in Maryland and Texas walked off the job Thursday in protest of Walmart’s retaliation against workers, exercising their right to join together with coworkers to speak up about working conditions.

“What I know based on my conversations with other OUR Walmart leaders and other associates in Maryland and other states is that last week Walmart managers started reading a memo to employees stating that their strikes are illegal and if they did not stop taking action against the company they would be punished,” said Colby Harris a Dallas, TX, Walmart Associate, OUR Walmart leader, and striker. “Not only are such statements to employees illegal and incorrect but they are threatening and intimidating and no one should have to endure that.  I along with other Walmart associates work hard to support our families and support our community, as a worker I should have the right to do my job free from intimidation and threats.”

Walmart workers have been speaking out about the company’s attempts to silence workers who publically discuss labor rights, and standards at the company.  However, rather than listening to the concerns facing 1.4 million Walmart workers, Walmart has attempted to silence them.

Last October, OUR Walmart leaders held the first-ever strikes against the mega-retailer, which culminated in the historic Black Friday protests and strikes at Walmart stores across the country.  Since then, support for OUR Walmart, the associate organization calling for Walmart to improve labor rights and standards, has continued to grow.

OUR Walmart filed charges with the NLRB alleging over 80 violations against Walmart for its attempts to silence workers at stores across the country.  For example, the NLRB is investigating charges alleging Walmart unlawfully attempted to deter workers from participating in legally protected strikes planned during last year’s Black Friday shopping period. This includes threats from Walmart managers and the company’s national spokesperson, David Tovar, who went on national television and threatened consequences for workers if they chose to strike.

 

  • tompnoonan1961

    let get Walmart change into United
    Food And Commercial Workers Unionize Walmart Store for all Walmart Cashier
    Workers and for all Walmart Produce Workers and for all Walmart Deli Department
    Workers and for all Walmart Bakery Department Workers and for all Walmart
    Pharmacy Workers, let get Walmart change
    into Teamster Unionize Walmart Store for all Walmart and Sam’s Club Truck
    Driver Workers and for all Sam’s Club Forklift Driver@Stock Person Workers and
    for all Walmart Stock Person Workers and for all Sam’s Club Cashier Workers and
    for all Sam’s Club Meat Cutter@Meat Wripper Workers and for all Sam’s Club
    Produce Workers and for all Sam’s Club Deli Department Workers and for all
    Sam’s Club Bakery Department Workers and for all Walmart Customer Services Desk
    Workers and for all Sam’s Club Membership Desk Workers and for all Walmart
    Courtesy Association Workers and for all Sam’s Club Cart Attendance Workers and
    for all Walmart Maintenance Association Workers and for all Sam’s Club
    Maintenance Workers and for all Sam’s Club Pharmacy Workers, let get Walmart
    Change into Communication Workers of America Workers Unionize Walmart Store for
    all Walmart and Sam’ Electronics Workers, let get Walmart change into United
    Auto Workers Unionize Walmart Store for all Walmart Tire@Lube Express Workers
    and for all Sam’s Club Tire@Car Battery Installment Workers right of away and
    right now please by make Walmart give all Walmart Workers and all Sam’s Club
    Workers a Living Wage With Affordable Health Care Right of away and right now
    please without close down all the Walmart Store and without close down all the
    Sam’s Wholesale Club

    Think You Very Much

    From Tom P Noonan

  • floridanativee

    A some point the union just has to face up to the fact that the workers don’t want to join your union and pay all of those dues. Why do you think you ranks have been decimated over the last 4 decades? Talk about beating a dead horse. Spend the members money on something that will actually benefit them.

    • MEProudLIBERAL

      Why do you think you ranks have been decimated over the last 4 decades?

      I KNOW IT’S BECAUSE GREEDY CEO’S HAVE SHIPPED JOBS TO CHINA SO THEY CAN GIVE THEMSELVES HUGE BONUSES AND BUY A FORTH VACATION HOME. AND WALMART HAS THEIR CLOTHING MADE IN BANGLADESH IN FIRE TRAP FACTORIES SO ALICE WALTON CAN BUY MORE BOOZE AND BUILD HER MUSEUM.

      • floridanativee

        Nope Dumbo, the percentage of workers belonging to unions in the private sector has dropped from over 40% to 6.5%. Do you not know what a percentage is? The union bosses have thrown it away by destroying their own reputations. They somehow think that breaking into a state house and beating on a plastic pail with a wooden spoon attracts members of the public. As long as they keep thinking of the bosses and forgetting the workers, the decline will continue and even accelerate as it did last year. Keep it up though, don’t change a thing. It is working well for me and the other 94%.

      • MEProudLIBERAL

        No Methuselah, you’re wrong. You know where you can stick your Koch Brother/ALEC talking points. Walmart’s scared of the union, EVERYONE knows it. Alice is probably pouring herself another drink as I write this. Money can’t buy happiness but it can buy plenty of booze.

      • floridanativee

        Unable to dispute the facts I see, so it is directly into the invective. Union membership has in fact dropped from over 40% to 6.5% and the rate of decline is getting steeper., You are wrong, but keep blaming others. It just keeps you from fixing the real problem. Only an idiot keeps on doing it incorrectly time and time again and expects a different result.

      • oldyeller

        Have you ever belonged to a union?

      • floridanativee

        Nope, but have worked with (against) them for years and seen first hand the damage they do. They attempt to bring everyone down to the lowest common denominator. They are helpful for the slackers only.

  • Sebastian

    Why wont the uniion just strike? It will truly hurt Walmart immediately? And if they are doing this unlawfully, then why not take legal actions, if they, as you claim have the right on their side then why not exercise it?

    Dont you think that if walmart raise their salaries, then the custommers would be hurt, they cannot keep such low prices with higher wages?

  • Skinsfan716

    I know someone who just started a job at wal-mart. When they were first called about the possibilty of employment they were told it would be for some sort of management position. When they arrived at the wal-mart for their interview the job they were told about over the phone was no longer available or something of that nature. They were then given the offer of a lower level suoervisor position. After the two interviews they were given they were told that they were over qualified for the position offered…so they were offered an even lower level position. They took the job because of todays economy and a second job was necessary to provide for their family. But how does that make any sense? My theory is this. They were lied to and given false hope about a job opportunity because of their current place of employment, which isn’t much better than the job they took at wall mart. And here’s the kicker they offered my friend $7.90 an hour. A measly 40 cents higher than minimum wage to load and unload trucks for 9 hours a day, 6 days a week. Now anybodg who has ever had a job like this know that is back breaking repetitive work. The wal-mart they work at grosses and estimated $165million dollars a year and only has about 150 employees. So maybe someone can explain why $7.90 an hour is an acceptable wage for such a job? while the economy is affecting everg middle class citizen in the US wal-mart just seems to continue to grow. And by the way, my buddy said he watched a videk during his trajnibg that aimed at detering him from joining any sort of union and personel that hekd the training strongky advised against them as well. So whether or not unions are dwindleing they are sometimes very necessary to put big businiesses like wal-mart in their place and force them to value their employees whether they want to or not. Oh, and anybodh who made a comment saying that the union is a bunch of bull is probably employed at wal-mart and makes a hell of a lot more than $7.90 an hour.

  • Ron

    It needs to come to Berlin Md, becasue they have them scared to speak up,that they will lose their jobs.Can someone tell me how to get people outside of Walmart to listen.

  • Fed-Up Local

    I agree with Ron store #2560 has associates being threatened all the time, the number of policies being broken on a daily basis by management is staggering. There are SO many core people who actually work who have been there for years (before it went super center last April) who have now quit because they were pushed into it and they didn’t feel they had any other choice, including the previous store manager ! And a huge belief that the company has always pushed is respect for the individual …. well that has been out the window in the particular store for a LONG time ! How can we get them help ?