NLRB Charges Wal-Mart for Broken Labor Law

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November 20, 2013 — 2,643 views  
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Wal-Mart is now in quite a spot post the escalations in strikes and media scrutiny on Monday. The world’s biggest employer (as a private firm) now faces a number of threats from various fronts. Not only are a substantial number of workers in Ohio on strike, employees who haul goods into California have also stopped work. An Employee-to-employee charity initiative has been in the media and the labor groups’ public announcements have mentioned two separate Wal-Mart warehouses in their complaints.

Workers at the warehouses look to the California Department of Occupational Safety and Health for support. The National Labor Relations Board is soon to  issue another complaint against the firm along the same lines. A non-union group for laborers called ‘OUR Wal-Mart’ is using labor law pertaining to the private sector to justify their cause.

Employees Demand Increased Protection from World’s Top Private Employer

There have been apparent threats by managers and people in high posts in the organization which have only added to the list of complaints against the company. One of Wal-Mart’s top associates had publicly mentioned that there would be consequences if workers did not show up. This statement was made a few days before ‘Black Friday’ last year. Following the strike, more than 20 participants lost their jobs at the firm.

Wal-Mart has a stringent anti-retaliation policy so as to avoid such situations. However, this time there are a number of organizations backing the strikes and helping take the issue forward so that it can be addressed properly.

Possible Advancements from Current Situation

Employees ask for additional protection by the company. Some of them have even made public statements saying that going to the NLRB was a last resort due to the volatility of jobs. It is possible for a number of events to take place now.

Either the case will go to trial with an NLRB judge who specializes in administrative law, or the company may be asked to reinstate workers who have been fired. If taken to trial, the judge’s decision can potentially be appealed and go to one of the labor board’s five appointed members.

Their decisions can also be appealed to the Federal court. Wal-Mart faces a number of problems as of now because of the current situation. The company will have to respond in order to maintain order among the different groups in the organization.

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