18th November 2012
On Friday, Walmart filed an unfair labor practice charge against UFCW with the National Labor Relations Board to stop what Walmart says are illegal disturbances against its businesses.
Good luck with that. The purpose of the National Labor Relations Board, as its name makes clear, is to ensure that the power of the government is used to make sure that businesses bend over before they get screwed by organized labor.
A group of Walmart employes, encouraged by the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) and OUR Walmart, are expected to strike on Black Friday. Black Friday is the store’s busiest day of the year, and this may be the largest strike against the company in its history.
Two groups affiliated with the UFCW — OUR Walmart and Making Change at Walmart — have been organizing demonstrations and flash mobs outside of Walmarts.
My, what a surprise! Aren’t you surprised? I’m sure surprised.
[Recap for the dimwitted: Unions arise when a particular occupation has a skillset that is easily subject to substitution on the part of management because supply vastly exceeds demand, hence collective coercion on the part of workers is the only way to raise (or sustain) their price over what the market-clearing amount would be. Historically, violence and activities that would be unlawful if anything other than a union did them are an integral part of this coercion.]
According to Reuters, the National Labor Relations Act “prohibits such picketing for more than 30 days without the filing of a representation petition” and “requires the NLRB to seek a federal court injunction against such activity.”
Betcha they find out some way to weasel out of it. Betcha.