Wal-Mart Accused of Violating Workers’ Rights

Complaint from National Labor Relations Board Follows Unsuccessful Settlement Talks

“WASHINGTON—The National Labor Relations Board on Wednesday accused Wal-Mart Stores Inc. of unlawfully retaliating against or threatening workers who took part in strikes and protests in more than a dozen states in the last two years. The formal complaint sets up a battle between the nation’s largest retail chain and an independent federal agency that Republicans and business groups have accused of unfairly bolstering labor unions. The NLRB has denied any bias.

Protesters marched outside a Wal-Mart store in Elgin, Ill., in November. Reuters

Protesters marched outside a Wal-Mart store in Elgin, Ill., in November. Reuters

“The agency, charged with overseeing union elections and resolving private-sector employee-management disputes, had said in November that it was prepared to file a complaint but delayed action to give the parties a chance to reach a settlement. The NLRB filed the complaint on behalf of union affiliated group OUR Walmart. The complaint involves more than 60 employees and names more than 60 company supervisors and a Wal-Mart corporate officer, David Tovar, the NLRB said.”

 Read more of the story by MELANIE TROTTMAN And SHELLY BANJO from The Wall Street Journal.

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