When retail giant Walmart allegedly threatened to fire an employee who advocated for unionizing a store in Hastings, the United Food and Commercial Workers’ union filed National Labor Relations Act unfair labor practices charges. Now Walmart has settled with the National Labor Relations Board.
Under the settlement, Walmart must post notices in the Hastings store affirming employees’ right to unionize and promising that Walmart will take no adverse action against employees who choose to unionize. Walmart also has agreed not to solicit employee grievances as a way to blunt organizing efforts.
Walmart has long contended that most of its employees don’t want union representation. But the chain has drawn persistent criticism—and lost several multimillion-dollar lawsuits—for failing to comply with federal and state employment laws, especially on the wage-and-hour front.
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