Skip to comments.Labor Relations Board OKs unions paying people to protest Walmart
Posted on 11/28/2013 8:14:18 AM PST by upchuck
National Labor Relations Board lawyers okayed a major union's practice of paying people to protest against Walmart in a legal memorandum earlier this month. The federal labor law enforcement agency said the practice of paying workers $50 apiece to join protests did not constitute unlawful coercion of employees.
In a Nov. 15 memorandum from the NLRB's general counsel office regarding the so-called Black Friday protests staged by United Food and Commercial Workers against the nonunion retailer last year, the NLRB lawyers determined that the UFCW's offer of $50 gift cards to anyone who showed up to protest was a non-excessive strike benefit.
The lawyers said there was no evidence to indicate that the gift card was meant to buy support for OUR Walmart since the card was available not just to the retailers employees but to anyone who showed up at the unions protests.
OUR Walmart, which presents itself as a group of disaffected Walmart workers, is identified as a subsidiary of UFCW in the memorandum. Along with another UFCW-backed group, Making Change at Walmart, UFCW has been orchestrating a series of public relations attacks against the retailer.
It is not clear how widespread the practice of offering the $50 gift cards was, although the memorandum says the card was advertised on the main OUR Walmart website.
Peter Schaumber, a former NLRB chairman who now works with pro-business groups, agreed the practice would not be illegal, "but really, what it says is that those people are out there protesting because they are getting paid."
UFCWs members mostly work for Walmarts rivals. The union has tried for years to organize Walmarts 1.3 million-member U.S. workforce with no success.
The groups are planning another wave of anti-Walmart strikes this week, highlighting the low pay of some employees. They claim they will have events at as many as 1,500 store locations across the country.
What the protests seem to be largely lacking, though, are actual Walmart employees. At events across the country last year, local media struggled to find anyone on the picket lines who also worked at the store. Some events had none at all.
A second NLRB advice memorandum released on Nov. 15 highlighted this problem for the protesters. It found that Walmart managements forcing picketers to leave at two different Nov. 22, 2012, protests in Texas was not illegal because one group of protesters had only one Walmart employee. The other protest had none at all. Only when the protests involve employees does the law allow them on company property.
WallMart outsmarted the protesters by opening their Black Friday sales via the internet a week early, and being open on Thanksgiving evening.
The protesters are wasting their time.
It will only be a matter of time before Walmart caves. Progressives are rabid pit bulls relentlessly pursuing their end goals.
This group is a CPUSA Communist Front.
The NLRB is aiding and abetting them.
Why would you be able to operate a business on someone else’s property?
I wonder if they were Walmart gift cards.
I wonder how NLRB would feel about Walmart paying the Hell's Angles to picket the union hall.
Why are the dumbies picking on Walmart? Walmart hires people off the street practically and gives people a chance. Walmart gives people a new start lots of times. I’ve seen it happen time and again. Why are the uneducated picking on Walmart? For $50? The unions should hang their heads in shame!
Only 50 bucks? For how many hours? Days? Isnt that paying them less than a living wage?
” the NLRB lawyers determined that the UFCW’s offer of $50 gift cards ...”
Redeemable at Walmart.
Fire the NLRB,All of them.
Kinda funny if you think about it.
Unions paid to protest Walmart having people work on Thanksgiving.
So how come Costco isn’t getting the same treatment? Oh, they are lefties
Agitprop. And they're the agit props.
This is what comes of letting Ubama pack the NLRB board with Communists and confirming Richard Griffin for General Counsel of the NLRB.
Because Walmart employs far more people than any other single company in the United States.
Unionize them, and you get billions of dollars of Democrat campaign contributions laundered through Walmart union dues.
Why not pay them cash like they do at election time?
The more I see such protests, the more I shop at Wal-Mart. These jerks can go find a job where ever—but they are not usually ‘employable’.
Do they pay in cash? If they do, where do I apply?
It is not the retail jobs that the unions want. They want the warehouse jobs and trucking jobs. WalMart runs its own warehouses and trucking lines.
WalMart hires the unhireables and gives them a chance at self sufficiency, self respect and the unions thugs don’t like that.