Will Wal-Mart’s Union Lawsuit Silence or Strengthen the Haters?

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Wal-Mart Stores (NYSE:WMT) is not a company unfamiliar with labor unions. Over the past year, the retailer has dealt with a significant number of strikes and union protests, most notably from the national Organization United for Respect at Walmart, or OUR Walmart. The group organized at the company’s annual shareholder meeting in May and especially made news on Black Friday last year when employees walked off the job at multiple stores to protest unfair labor prices and poor pay.

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Now, the retail giant is taking its own stand. It filed a lawsuit in Fort Worth against a labor union for its “confrontational and abusive” demonstrations at Wal-Mart’s stores across the country. The union, United Food and Commercial Workers International, voices the same complaints that OUR Walmart has charged its employer with: mistreatment of employees with little pay and inadequate benefits.

And OUR Walmart is also being named as a defendant in the case, along with North Texas Jobs with Justice, Lester Eugene Lantz of Dallas, and 10 other people identified as “Does,” NBC said.