Walmart Found Guilty Of Illegally Intimidating Striking Workers
There have been a series of strikes staged by Walmart workers over the last two years. But it seems that Walmart managers in California intimidated workers to stop them from striking and actually punished those who did. One Walmart manager reportedly told employees, “If it were up to me, I’d shoot the union,” according to The New York Times.
This was all illegal on the part of Walmart, and a National Labor Relations Board judge has ruled as such and ordered Walmart to stop.
Walmart unlawfully intimidated workers in Richmond, California, by threatening to close a store if many of its workers joined OUR Walmart, a union-backed group of Walmart employees demanding higher wages, reports International Business Times. The managers there also illegally threatened employees by saying those who returned from a one-day strike with the group would be fired.
It is against federal law for employers to retaliate against employees for backing a union and making threatening comments that discourage workers from supporting a union, according to the National Labor Relations Board.
OUR Walmart is not a union itself but is affiliated with the United Food and Commercial Workers union. And it was the group that filed a complaint with the labor board about the intimidation of workers at Walmart stores in Placerville and Richmond, California.
Walmart has been in a lot of hot water lately. In a separate case, the National Labor Relations Board charged Walmart in January for allegedly violating the rights of more than 60 employees in 13 states for participating in activities protected by the National Labor Relations Act. According to a press release from the board, 19 of those workers were allegedly fired for participating in legally protected strikes and protests.