Workers’ group files NLRB complaint, accuses Walmart of issuing threats to deter Black Friday walkout

OUR Walmart, a coalition made up of Walmart workers, has filed an unfair labor practice charge against Walmart alleging the retailer has made illegal threats to prevent a Black Friday walkout by employees.

As Twitchy reported last week, unions and other groups have been using social media such as Twitter to organize a Black Friday walkout at Walmart stores. Walmart had taken preemptive steps to prevent protesters from picketing in front of stores, filing an unfair labor practice charge with the National Labor Relations Board against the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union. Workers would be precluded from picketing while the NLRB investigated the charge.

The Nation offered an overview of the legal process and the players yesterday.

Steven Greenhouse of the New York Times today reports that OUR Walmart’s counter-petition with the NLRB requests “immediate intervention” in the face of “illegal threats.”

CNBC has tweeted that a judge apparently will not issue an injunction on Walmart’s behalf to prevent picketing. Other sources, though, say a decision is not expected before Thursday. Twitchy will provide further details as they become available.

Will Black Friday shoppers have to contend with picketers at Walmart? Will they care?


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  • ricci

    walmart property is private property if someone is asked to leave and they dont then walmart has every right to have them arrested and prosicuted for trespassing

  • jbgoldcanyon

    Must suck to be “forced” to go to work at Walmart.. Walmart should fire them all, 23 million others might be interested

    • annoyinglittletwerp

      Hey-there are a lot of anti-union Wal-Mart associates who like working for a basically good company. Leave us out of it-okay.

  • Angela A.

    I have no sympathy for people who at least have a job. Fire the protesters and replace them with people who WANT to work. At least those employees have a paycheck to bitch about. The alternative no paycheck. just ask the 23 million that are unemployed what they prefer.

  • Grumpa Grumpus

    If Wal-mart says they will fire strikers, and follows through, it isn’t a threat— it’s company policy.

    I envision something like “Strike and walkouts on the largest dollar days of a financial year.are grounds for termination.”

  • Rella

    This is not going to end well. Of course the media and unions will blame Wal Mart when the mobs get unruly and people get hurt. Violence is exactly what unions and libtards want.

  • Teresa Davis McCormick

    Geeee.. what a surprise! CNBC didn’t know the truth so they wrote their version of it…..again.

  • Teresa Davis McCormick

    I wonder if there are any workers at these wal marts that don’t want to listen to the union but are forced to.

  • SlimWich

    If I was insane enough to be at Walmart at midnight on Friday, those pesky picketers wouldn’t bother me a bit. I’d give ’em the old Bronx cheer on my way out.

  • Annie Willoughby

    Wal Mart should make sure they have some cracking good deals and give the protestors a preferred spot right in front of the doors.
    Seriously, fire the clueless idiots or close the doors. Unions will sink this country if we allow them to continue this nonsense. Liquidate and reopen Wal Mart. Do what’s right for America and save yourself from the Commie Socialists.

  • Neil Leininger

    I fully expect there to be some violence at these protests. Frankly, they should all be fired. If you don’t like it, quit.

  • annoyinglittletwerp

    Threatened-schmetened. We’re not walking out because we don’t want to lose a good thing. As I’ve said in other Twitchy threads-I’m going to do very well on Thursday. The paycheck I get 2 weeks from Thursday is likely to be the largest paycheck that I have ever gotten in my entire working ‘career’. I’m 42. This is Texas. Even the liberal associates have no use for unions, THAT is why the walk-out morons are getting no traction.

  • Steve_J

    As opposed to their threats to walkout?

  • Jack Deth

    Let the union workers walk out.
    Then have the manager get on the P.A. system and ask the customers:

    “Who knows how to operate a cash register and wants a job?”
    “Who knows how to stock shelves and wants a job?”
    “Who knows how to inventory and wants a job?”
    “Who knows how to manage clean ups in Aisle 6 and wants a job?”
    Basically… “Who wants a job?”

    Crisis averted as the doors are locked to keep the union slobs OUT. And the cops are called in to get control, round up and get rid of the loitering former employees.