Wisconsin residents may be interested in the recent action by the federal National Labor Relations Board against Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. The agency recently filed a complaint against the retailer for allegedly reprimanding or firing 60 employees who participated in recent strikes. The National Labor Relations Act guarantees private employees the right to organize in an effort to improve their wages or work environment.
The strikes took place in 13 states. Of the 60 employees who were disciplined, 19 were fired. Sixty supervisors and executives are named in the agency's complaint, which the company has until Jan. 28 to respond to. A company spokeswoman said Wal-Mart stands by its actions and looks forward to sharing its side of the story in a courtroom.
Employees have the right to fight for improved wages and conditions without the fear of termination or other forms of retaliation. Workers who feel their rights have been violated may wish to consult with an attorney to determine the most appropriate action to take.
Source: Courthouse News, "NLRB Bites Back After Wal-Mart Strike Firings", Lorriane Bailey, January 17, 2014