UNION BUSTED, STORES REOPEN FOR XMAS…

evil smiley 150913 No one ever believed the story about the plumbing, although plenty in the tin-hat brigade went for the Jade Helm 15 conspiracy. No, the only trope that made any sense was that the five Walmarts suddenly closed back in April was payback for union organizing. So, the stores are now getting ready to open in time for money-making time and each store gets a whole new crew of workers. Three guesses who won't be rehired. Nathan Layne, writing in Wal-Mart to reopen five U.S. stores at center of union complaint for Reuters reports:
Wal-Mart Stores Inc said it would reopen in late October to early November five U.S. stores whose closure had prompted a union to file a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board, claiming the retailer was retaliating against workers for organizing. Wal-Mart will start hiring for the stores in Texas, Oklahoma, Florida and California, and will encourage previous employees and those that transferred to other stores to apply, company spokesman Lorenzo Lopez said on Wednesday. Wal-Mart announced the store closures in April to fix plumbing and other repairs. The move impacted some 2,200 workers and the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), which backs campaigns pushing the retailer to improve pay and benefits for store employees, filed a complaint to the NLRB that is still pending. In the complaint the UFCW accused Wal-Mart of using plumbing problems as an excuse to close a store in Pico Rivera, California, in retaliation against workers there who have been active in attempts to organize for better pay and benefits. The other four stores were included as cover, the union claimed.
Closing four stores, laying off some 1,200 people, just to burn out one nest of union organizers is harsh. Perhaps too harsh even for Walmart. When I think more, however, that could just be the point, the cover Walmart needed. No one would believe they would be that arbitrary, that cruel, monstrous to destroy the lives of 1,200 good families just to keep the UFCW at bay, right? Evil smiley is smiling. Jeff Hess: Have Coffee Will Write.

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