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Wal-Mart and workers rights

With Wal-Mart again gunning for another Chicago store, In These Times has a chilling article on how the company fights a union drive (in this case, at a store in Arizona), based on reports from the National Labor Relations Board and Human Rights Watch.

The NLRB found the company guilty of an impressive array of violations — spying, harassment, intimidation, and illegal firings — but “none of this had any impact” because “the penalties were so trivial.”

Human Rights Watch concluded that Wal-Mart “has translated its hostility toward union formation into an unabashed, sophisticated and aggressive strategy to derail worker organizing at its U.S. stores that violates workers’ internationally recognized right to freedom of association.”

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Category: development, economy, labor, retail, Wal-Mart

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  1. […] breaks the law ShareTweetIn June we noted here that NLRB has found Wal-Mart guilty of an array of legal violations — spying, harassment, […]

  2. […] As noted here, the NLRB has found Wal-Mart guilty of a range of violations – spying, harassment, intimidation, illegal firings – but minor penalties have had no impact.  According to Human Rights Watch, Wal-Mart “has translated its hostility toward union formation into an unabashed, sophisticated and aggressive strategy to derail worker organizing at its U.S. stores that violates workers’ internationally recognized right to freedom of association.” […]


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