Why shouldn’t Walmart be free to keep out a union proxy?
Walmart has been receiving negative publicity for discouraging employees from supporting the small but vocal activist group OUR Walmart (Organization United for Respect at Walmart)—a union-backed organization that advocates higher wages and more benefits for Walmart associates. Are Walmart managers who do this guilty of any wrongdoing?
It is extremely relevant that OUR Walmart has organized protests to intentionally disrupt Walmart stores, including during Black Friday—one of the largest shopping days of the year. It is also extremely relevant that OUR Walmart is backed by the United Food and Commercial Workers. This group has unsuccessfully tried to unionize Walmart stores for over a decade and is infamous for orchestrating the 2003-04 Southern California supermarket strikes, in which 59,000 employees picketed in front of hundreds of stores urging shoppers to go elsewhere. These strikes lasted 145 days, left shelves understocked with basic staples such as meat, produce, and dairy products, and cost supermarkets $2 billion in sales. The UFCW also nearly launched another 60,000-employee supermarket strike in 2011.
Given the UFCW’s history, why shouldn’t Walmart managers be free to actively discourage employees from supporting a UFCW proxy like OUR Walmart? And why shouldn’t they have the freedom to dismiss employees who actively canvass for this group? Shouldn’t Walmart managers have the freedom to choose their own employees?