Just before Walmart workers prepared for nationwide Black Friday protests and strikes, good news arrived from the National Labor Relations Board. The agency’s Office of the General Counsel completed its investigation regarding last year’s mass protests and found that Walmart had violated its workers rights to engage in legally protected activity.
The NLRB confirmed that Walmart stores in California and three other states “unlawfully threatened, surveilled, disciplined, and/or terminated employees” either in anticipation of or in response to their having undertaken concerted labor activities. Stores in California and 12 other states “unlawfully threatened, disciplined, and/or terminated employees for engaging in protests or strikes on Nov. 22, 2012.
Moreover, the agency said, on two national TV news broadcasts and in statements to employees in California and Texas, Wal-Mart officials illegally threatened reprisals against workers who took part in the strikes and protests.