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Labor Relations Board OKs unions paying people to protest Walmart
Washington Examiner ^ | Nov 26, 2013 | Sean Higgins

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 retailer’s 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."

UFCW’s members mostly work for Walmart’s rivals. The union has tried for years to organize Walmart’s 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 management’s 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.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Government
KEYWORDS: biglabor; lame; unions; walmart
Interesting that so few Wally employees are interested in protesting. Read the rest here. NLRB are scum.
1 posted on 11/28/2013 8:14:18 AM PST by upchuck
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To: upchuck

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.


2 posted on 11/28/2013 8:17:07 AM PST by Eva
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To: upchuck

It will only be a matter of time before Walmart caves. Progressives are rabid pit bulls relentlessly pursuing their end goals.


3 posted on 11/28/2013 8:18:03 AM PST by Extremely Extreme Extremist (Governor Sarah Heath Palin for President of the United States in 2016)
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To: upchuck

This group is a CPUSA Communist Front.

The NLRB is aiding and abetting them.


4 posted on 11/28/2013 8:20:50 AM PST by Rome2000 (THE WASHINGTONIANS AND UNIVERSAL SUFFRAGE ARE THE ENEMY -ROTATE THE CAPITAL AMONGST THE STATES)
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To: upchuck

Why would you be able to operate a business on someone else’s property?


5 posted on 11/28/2013 8:21:21 AM PST by gusopol3
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To: upchuck

I wonder if they were Walmart gift cards.


6 posted on 11/28/2013 8:21:28 AM PST by batterycommander (a little more rubble, a lot less trouble)
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To: upchuck
Paid union thugs, if they break any laws RICO would apply.

I wonder how NLRB would feel about Walmart paying the Hell's Angles to picket the union hall.

7 posted on 11/28/2013 8:22:31 AM PST by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it, and the Constitution and law mean what WE say.)
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To: Eva

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!


8 posted on 11/28/2013 8:24:46 AM PST by abclily
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To: upchuck

Only 50 bucks? For how many hours? Days? Isnt that paying them less than a living wage?


9 posted on 11/28/2013 8:27:06 AM PST by lowbridge
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To: upchuck

” the NLRB lawyers determined that the UFCW’s offer of $50 gift cards ...”

Redeemable at Walmart.


10 posted on 11/28/2013 8:32:10 AM PST by UCANSEE2 (The monsters are due on Maple Street)
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To: upchuck

Fire the NLRB,All of them.


11 posted on 11/28/2013 8:32:32 AM PST by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: upchuck

Kinda funny if you think about it.

Unions paid to protest Walmart having people work on Thanksgiving.


12 posted on 11/28/2013 8:35:33 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

So how come Costco isn’t getting the same treatment? Oh, they are lefties


13 posted on 11/28/2013 8:58:51 AM PST by shadeaud (Be strong when you are weak. Be brave when you are scared. Be humble when you are victorious. But be)
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To: cripplecreek
Unions paid to protest Walmart having people work on Thanksgiving.

Agitprop. And they're the agit props.

14 posted on 11/28/2013 9:02:53 AM PST by tacticalogic
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To: upchuck

This is what comes of letting Ubama pack the NLRB board with Communists and confirming Richard Griffin for General Counsel of the NLRB.


15 posted on 11/28/2013 9:48:57 AM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (Who knew that one day professional wrestling would be less fake than professional journalism?)
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So how come Costco isn’t getting the same treatment?

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.

16 posted on 11/28/2013 9:51:33 AM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (Who knew that one day professional wrestling would be less fake than professional journalism?)
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To: upchuck
It is not clear how widespread the practice of offering the $50 gift cards was

Why not pay them cash like they do at election time?

17 posted on 11/28/2013 9:54:46 AM PST by Madame Dufarge
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

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’.


18 posted on 11/28/2013 10:08:26 AM PST by ridesthemiles
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To: upchuck

Do they pay in cash? If they do, where do I apply?


19 posted on 11/28/2013 11:09:29 AM PST by VerySadAmerican (".....Barrack, and the horse Mohammed rode in on.")
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20 posted on 11/28/2013 11:12:44 AM PST by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: abclily

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.


21 posted on 11/28/2013 7:51:22 PM PST by Eva
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