(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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