U.S. LABOR BOARD PUTS ON HOLD WAL-MART COMPLAINT AGAINST UNION

     (The following press release from the U.S. National Labor Relations Board 
was received by e-mail and was reformatted. The sender verified the statement.) 
January 31, 2013 
The NLRB Office of General Counsel today announced that, based on specific 
commitments made by the United Food and Commercial Workers union, it is not 
necessary to decide the merits of an unfair labor practice charge filed by 
Wal-Mart against the UFCW. 
In that charge, filed November 20, Wal-Mart alleged that the union violated the 
National Labor Relations Act by picketing at its stores for more than 30 days 
with the intent of seeking recognition for the union, without filing a petition 
for an election. The union, however, contended that the actions at the stores 
were not intended to gain union recognition, but to help employees in their 
efforts to have the employer commit to certain labor rights and standards. 
The charge will be held in abeyance and dismissed in six months as long as the 
union complies with the commitments it has made. Under those commitments, 
described in an Advice Memorandum [ 
http://mynlrb.nlrb.gov/link/document.aspx/09031d4580f79110 ], the union 
disavowed any recognitional or organizational object and promised to maintain a 
disclaimer to that effect on Making Change for Wal-Mart and OUR Walmart 
websites. The union also promised, among other things, not to engage in any 
picketing or confrontational conduct which is the functional equivalent of 
picketing for 60 days. 
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