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    Wal-Mart workers allege layoffs, store closings were retaliatory

    It does seem suspicious that they would close 5 stores for 6 months for plumbing problems.


    Wal-Mart workers allege layoffs, store closings were retaliatory
    Wal-Mart workers are fighting back against the retailer's decision last week to close five stores in four states for what the company says are plumbing repairs.
    Workers at the company's Pico Rivera, Calif. store who are associated with OUR Walmart, a group that advocates for better pay, say the closings are "retaliatory" in nature. They filed a charge with the National Labor Relations Board on Monday, claiming that the termination of more than 500 employees at the Pico Rivera Walmart constituted an unfair labor practice.
    Last week, the retail giant, which employs 1.3 million workers at 4,500 stores in the United States, temporarily closed five stores--two in Texas and one each in California, Florida, and Oklahoma--for six months of plumbing repairs. The stores closed at 7 p.m. on April 13, which gave workers just a few hours notice that they were losing their jobs. The company provided two months of paid leave for both full-time and part-time workers. Employees could try to transfer to a different Walmart location during that time. Full-time workers who fail to find another Walmart job are eligible for severance starting June 19, but part-time workers aren't entitled to that benefit.

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    The United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, which backs OUR Walmart, is listed as the filing party on the NLRB complaint, which claims that Wal-Mart targeted the Pico Rivera store because it has been "the center of concerted action by [workers] to improve wages and working conditions for all Walmart [workers] around the country." The Pico Rivera store was the site of OUR Walmart’s first strike in 2012; workers at that location have participated in strikes and civil disobedience ever since.
    Wal-Mart's rationale for closing the Pico Rivera store--that it must undergo extensive plumbing repairs--is a farce, the complaint says. "City officials in Pico Rivera say that nothing has been brought to their attention and no permits at all have been sought for any work," according to the complaint. Wal-Mart temporarily shuttered the other four stores due to plumbing as a way to "mask" the retaliatory nature of the Pico Rivera closing, the complaint says. The filing asks the NLRB for injunctive relief and to compel Wal-Mart to rehire the 2,200 workers who have been terminated at all five stores.
    The company did not immediately return a request for comment on the complaint with the NLRB.
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    Re: Wal-Mart workers allege layoffs, store closings were retaliatory

    Non-provable.
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    Re: Wal-Mart workers allege layoffs, store closings were retaliatory

    Quote Originally Posted by OrphanSlug View Post
    Non-provable.
    Actually it is. One of the whole reasons we have the National Labor Relations Board
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    Re: Wal-Mart workers allege layoffs, store closings were retaliatory

    Quote Originally Posted by TheDemSocialist View Post
    Actually it is. One of the whole reasons we have the National Labor Relations Board
    Then prove that is what they did.
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    Re: Wal-Mart workers allege layoffs, store closings were retaliatory

    Quote Originally Posted by OrphanSlug View Post
    Non-provable.
    Do these walmarts have the permits for the plumbing work and why would it it take six months for plumbing? I do not know about the walmarts in other states but I do know that the walmart closed in Tulsa was built only around 20 years ago.The store was built from the ground up instead of a remodel or expansion of an existing store. I can't picture plumbing work back then being so shotty it would warrant closing the store for six months.Nor can I imagine it taking 6 months to fix plumbing problems.
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    Re: Wal-Mart workers allege layoffs, store closings were retaliatory

    Quote Originally Posted by OrphanSlug View Post
    Then prove that is what they did.
    I cant prove it. Dont know enough information about it. But to say its, "Non-provable" is probably wrong. United Food and Commercial Workers International Union who filed the charges seems to believe there is enough information that they can prove in a case, why the whole reason they filed the charges. A walmart spokesperson even said it was strange and not typical for Walmart to take these actions. And I mean, Walmart has even lost lawusits taking similar actions: Labor Group Seeks Rehiring of Workers at 5 Wal-Mart Sites - US News
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    Re: Wal-Mart workers allege layoffs, store closings were retaliatory

    How can anyone complain about a paid two month vacation?

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    Re: Wal-Mart workers allege layoffs, store closings were retaliatory

    Quote Originally Posted by OrphanSlug View Post
    Then prove that is what they did.
    I'd say the suddenness of the repairs is pretty damning. We have a HO in London. I've gotten e-mails 3 months in advance telling me that the office won't be opened on certain days and I've been to the HO exactly 2 times in 2 years. I spent a grand total of 45 mins there. You're telling me that these workers were only notified of 6 months worth of repairs hours before AND while they were in the process of unionizing? I know mom and pop stores that give 3 weeks advance notice of repairs. C'man.

    I think they could prove that Walmart acted wrongfully by showing when the company began scheduling these 6 month repairs. They also should investigate the level of repairs done and consult with other plumbers and whether there was any need to have them in the first place. It doesn't look good for Walmart. However, union busting is becoming the new fad.
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    Re: Wal-Mart workers allege layoffs, store closings were retaliatory

    There better be a whole lot more proof than "nobody requested a permit yet".

    I've had experience with the NLRB and they are bullies, plain and simple.

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    Re: Wal-Mart workers allege layoffs, store closings were retaliatory

    Quote Originally Posted by OrphanSlug View Post
    Non-provable.
    I make no judgments on the merits of the complaint, but such a complaint itself would be far from "non-provable." The NLRB could seek documents, electronic communications, and interviews with key personnel. That discovery process could yield evidence as to whether the complaint has merit or lacks it.

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