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Walmart Ordered to Stop Mistreating Workers

May 21, 2018

By Joe Levine

WASHINGTON, DC – In a landmark decision, Walmart has been ordered to stop threatening workers who support strikes or participate in union organizing activities.

Walmart has settled a long-running battle with labor activists over the stores policy of  punishing workers that support union organize activities. The agreement forces Walmart to  acknowledge it has violated federal labor law in many of its California stores.

In a National Labor Relations Board sweeping decision,  Walmart must drop an employee dress code that bans clothing bearing union insignias. In addition,  all disciplinary actions taken against six employees in its Richmond, California stores will be removed from the file.

Walmart has fought unions for years. It holds regular meetings with staff reviewing the benefits of a non-union store. It spends millions in legal actions each year in an effort to keep its 1.5 million workers from joining labor organizations.

In the California case, the NLRB concluded in 2016 that Walmart took illegal action against employees. Walmart broke the law when it punished its workers for exercising their federally protected right to peaceful protest. The agreement acknowledges that the Walmart  dress code restricting union apparel violated U.S. law. As a result, Walmart must post notices in several of its  California locations regarding changes in clothing restrictions.

Although Walmart maintains it acted lawfully,  it has agreed to take remedial action. The notices posted in the stores, as well as the chain’s employee intranet, state that store managers will stop threatening to close stores if workers join OUR Walmart. Clearly this is a huge win for OUR and unions.


May 21, 2018

5 COMMENTS ON THIS POST To “Walmart Ordered to Stop Mistreating Workers”

  1. Margie says:

    I work for walmart in salt lake city and have been mistreated since day one. I am a garden manager and have no help I have missed days of work because of being so overworked that my body has to rest. Unfair treatment to the employees by the management team. I worked 60 + hours in one week during inventory because my manager lied to me saying I would have help and never got the help. But got in trouble because I didn’t help others in their departments. I don’t know what to do I have gone to management but they say there are no hours for garden it’s so busy right now and has been for three months. Can not get my job done as a manager because I’m too busy doing freight, cleaning, markdowns, ordering, working other areas, missing days because of being overworked. In fear of losing my job because of unhealthy environment because no one can take time off when sick. This is to stressful that it’s causing health problems.

    • Tt says:

      Know that you are not alone I am the manager of cosmetics at my store and my frieght is left for me to run and when I can’t get my work done I get coached and threatened with having to step down and also get coached for not helping other depts!! They do not care at all about their employees!!!

    • Ashley says:

      Just wondering how things turned out teach you get anything out of Walmart?

  2. Ashley says:

    Hi I am a current employee at a Walmart superstore number 853 and yes they are bullies . 3 grown women will pull you into a little bitty Room just So they all can tell you one at a time what a bad, slow , Exc. worker they thank you are. When the truth is it’s just a recently promoted super pahzer chance to impress an older supervisor
    They almost on be believe in it too

  3. Val says:

    Walmart is the worst company in the world to work for you are given no holiday pay it’s mandatory that you work every holiday they have not given us are my show check once this year instead they’re telling the world that they’re giving us a hundred fifty to $300 for braving the coronavirus when in fact that’s all they’re giving us and they’re not giving us our my show check to I think the world should know what a bunch of feel they are then when you cash in your protected PTO s u request Aid and they only give you a 6.13 of it where did the rest go

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