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Labor union steps up Wal-Mart organizing campaign

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The United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW) has sighted Wal-Mart in its cross-hairs. The union has sent 60 organizers to more than 100 Wal-Mart stores in 15 states to try to crack the nation’s largest employer.

The organizers will be circulating union authorization cards bearing President Obama’s picture and a quote from a 2007 speech in which he said, “I don’t mind standing up for workers and letting Wal-Mart know they need to pay a decent wage and let folks organize.”

The cards also symbolize the union’s push for passage of the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA), which would allow workers to choose union representation by completing an authorization card rather than by secret ballot.

The UFCW plans to fly 100 pro-union Wal-Mart workers to Washington to lobby members of Congress to pass the bill.

For its part, Wal-Mart remains steadfastly anti-union and anti-EFCA. The nation’s largest retailer warns unionization will lead to higher operating costs and less flexibility when managing employees.

Both sides agree the EFCA will make it easier to organize Wal-Mart employees.

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