“We expect them to show up and to do their job. And if they don’t, … there could be consequences.” Wal-Mart’s threat of retaliation in response to nationwide Black Friday Wal-Mart strikes is being answered by Wal-Mart employees by filing a complaint against Wal-Mart, reports the New York Times on Nov. 20, 2012.
Telling Wal-Mart employees that they cannot participate in Black Friday Wal-Mart strikes to voice their protest against low wages, lack of health care provisions, and unfair treatment goes against the labor law.
Threatening Wal-Mart employees who participate in Black Friday Wal-Mart strikes with “consequences” also goes against the labor law.
When David Tovar, a Wal-Mart spokesperson talked to CBS Evening News on Monday about the Wal -Mart strikes that are planned for Black Friday and said, “If associates are scheduled to work on Black Friday, we expect them to show up and to do their job. And if they don’t, depending on the circumstances, there could be consequences”, he gave one group of Wal-Mart employees the exact words that Wal-Mart employees needed to file a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board.
According to the New York Times, OUR Walmart, a union-backed group of Wal-Mart employees, said on Tuesday that it filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board in response to Wal-Mart’s illegal threats.
The National Labor Relations Board, an independent agency of the United States government which was established in 1934, is in charge of investigating and remedying unfair labor practices.
The members of the National Labor Relations Board are appointed by the President with the consent of the Senate.
Being threatened with retaliation if Wal-Mart employees participate in Wal-Mart strikes on Black Friday might be determined as being illegal in accordance with the National Labor Relations Board’s mission.
“The National Labor Relations Board protects the rights of most private-sector employees to join together, with or without a union, to improve their wages and working conditions. “
According to the National Labor Relations Board, employees that are covered by the Labor Board have “the right to act together to try to improve their pay and working conditions or fix job-related problems, even if they aren’t in a union.”
By law, employers and any labor organizations are prohibited from interfering with these employee rights.
Simultaneously to dealing with the complaint filed by Wal-Mart employees against Wal-Mart’s threat of retaliation in response to Black Friday Wal-Mart strikes, the National Labor Relations Board is also dealing with a complaint filed by Wal-Mart against Wal-Mart employees.
While the National Labor Relations Board is trying to expedite a response for both complaints, the National Labor Relations Board will most likely not be able to come to a decision before Thursday according to a statement made by the Board’s spokesperson Nancy Cleeland on Tuesday .
What a way to look forward to Thanksgiving.
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