Essay on Unfair Labor Practice and Wal-mart

Submitted By larryb111
Words: 531
Pages: 3

Wal-Mart workers across the U.S are pledging to challenge Wal-Mart to be a more responsible employer, offer better benefits, and more importantly pay fair labor wages to all employees.
The unfair Labor Practices charges filled against Wal-Mart with the National Labor Relations Board, citing the company’s attempts to silence workers who speak out for better jobs. The charges allege that Wal-Mart managers in Maryland, Kentucky, Florida and other states have been unlawfully and incorrectly telling Wal-Mart workers that their actions taken last Black Friday violated the law and that any future attempts to strike would be illegal land punishable. Managers have also warned workers that associating or talking to members of the organization united for respect of Wal-Mart under the federal law would lead to disciplinary actions and or termination of any employee. Workers in Maryland and Texas walked off the job in protest of Wal-Mart’s retaliation against workers, exercising their fight to join together with coworkers to speak up about working conditions in the stores.
In my opinion, this strike that Wal-Mart employees are on is a good way to show how unfair these employees are being treated and they deserve to be treated fairly across the board and Wal-Mart should treat all their employees ethically and pay a living wage.
Wal-Mart has been praised for its ability to cut costs and maintain an incredible profit margin. The company has posted disappointing numbers recently in terms of growth. Wal-Mart’s cost cutting practices may be coming at a cost to the business. Customers are starting to shop at other competitors as understaffing leaves stores with long lines and empty shelves. According to Bloomberg customers are starting to shop at Target, Costco, and other competitors. In the past five years, the world’s largest retailer added 455 U.S. Wal-Mart stores, a 13 percent increase. In the same period, its total U.S. workforce includes Sam’s club employees, dropped by 1.4 percent. Wal-Mart keeps prices low with minimal staffing levels in stores. Shoppers and