Wal-Mart files complaint against union in attempt to prevent Black Friday protests

Retailer asks NLRB to issue injunction against rallies and pickets

The busiest shopping day of the year is just days away, and Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is starting to panic.

Last month, workers from 28 Wal-Mart locations nationwide went on strike to protest the company’s efforts to “silence and retaliate against workers for speaking out for improvements on the job,” according to a United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) press release. Since then, Wal-Mart workers from more than 1,000 stories across the country have vowed to walk off the job on Black Friday to protest purportedly tough working conditions and low wages. Wal-Mart also is facing a proposed class action in which temporary workers claim the retailer and two staffing agencies have been violating federal and state minimum wage and overtime laws since 2009.

Ashley Post

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