Gov’t Charges Wal-Mart With Labor Violations (Associated Press, 1/15/14)
Federal officials filed a formal complaint Wednesday charging that Wal-Mart violated the rights of workers who took part in protests and strikes against the company. The National Labor Relations Board says Wal-Mart illegally fired, disciplined or threatened more than 60 employees in 14 states for participating in legally protected activities to complain about wages and working conditions at the nation’s largest retailer.
Walmart’s Anti-Union Training Documents Demand “Loyalty” (Gawker, 1/15/14)
The company’s primary argument is an old one: unions only want to organize workers in order to reap more dues. (The dues that workers would pay, by the way, are a big $5 per month.) This is a case of a corporation mistaking a union’s motives for those of a corporation. It also conveniently elides Walmart’s own motivation in arguing against unions so vociferously: Walmart wants to reap more profits, by paying workers as poorly as possible.
Court rules Walmart must remain a defendant (The Press-Enterprise, 1/15/2014)
A federal judge has denied Wal-Mart’s request to be removed from a lawsuit filed by Inland Southern California distribution workers. The decision means that it is now likely the world’s largest retailer will have to answer workers’ allegations in open court. Judge Christina Snyder, in a ruling issued Tuesday, Jan. 14, decided that Wal-Mart will remain a defendant in a case filed by workers more than two years ago. The lawsuit alleged a wide pattern of wage-and-hour violations at an Eastvale distribution center that supplies goods to its stores.
The 10 Most Hated Companies in America (24/7 Wall Street, 1/10/14)
The company employs more workers who make less than $10 per hour than any company in America, according to an analysis by 24/7 Wall St in collaboration with NELP. While the company reports that its U.S. workers make an average of $12.81 an hour, this does not include part-time hourly wages. According to Glassdoor, Walmart sales associates, who are often part-time hourly employees, earn less than $9.00 an hour, on average. Further, only half of the store’s employees approve of the CEO. Customers were less satisfied with service at Walmart in 2012 than at any competing chain.