Sunday, May 03, 2009

"Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined." - Henry David Thoreau

Wal-Mart has been found to violate the National Labor Relations Act in the past. In a 2008 case, which pertained to events in 2000-2002, the NLRB found that Wal-Mart illegally fired an Arizona employee because of his support for unionization and ordered him reinstated with back pay.

The board also ordered the company to post notices in the workplace informing employees they have a legal right to support the union if they desire.

In 2007, the board ordered Wal-Mart to take back disciplinary action imposed on a worker charged with distributing union materials on work time.

Even if a local union wins an election, companies have sometimes succeeded in dragging out talks for years.

''With an employer like Wal-Mart, it's almost axiomatic that will automatically happen,'' said Bruce Nissen, a Florida International University labor sociologist who has written extensively about unions.

Wal-Mart, the world's largest retailer, said its workers don't want to unionize.

''Looking at all we offer, many of our associates just don't seem to feel that union membership would be a better deal,'' company spokeswoman Daphne Moore said.

North Miami Beach Walmart May Be First to Unionize
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