SOURCE: United Food and Commercial Workers

May 01, 2007 14:49 ET

UFCW Releases Statement on Wal-Mart's War on Workers

Human Rights Watch Report Confirms Company's Systematic Suppression of Worker Rights

WASHINGTON, DC -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 1, 2007 -- The following represents the view of United Food and Commercial Workers Union.

A new report entitled Discounting Rights released by Human Rights Watch outlines the systematic denial of Wal-Mart workers' right to organize. It confirms what Wal-Mart workers have been saying for years. Workers seeking a voice on the job with the United Food and Commercial Workers Union have faced:

-- Wal-Mart works aggressively to create a climate of fear and intimidation where workers fear they'll be fired, disciplined, or lose benefits if they try to form a union.

-- Wal-Mart routinely surveills and spies on union organizers and pro-union employees and selectively enforces company policies against pro-union workers.

-- Wal-Mart engages in "unit packing" and other tactics to prevent organizing efforts. When workers have successfully organized, Wal-Mart has refused to bargain, or has shut down stores and units where workers have organized.

Wal-Mart is a company that refuses to remedy its mistreatment of workers. Not only does the company have a history of methodically violating workers' right to join a union, the Wal-Mart record on worker rights is a laundry list of abuse. Wal-Mart has racked up a striking number of wage and hour violations. The company faces the largest gender discrimination case in the history of this country. Wal-Mart has decreased health care coverage to employees while touting its commitment to offering affordable care. Evidence suggests that Wal-Mart may have even adopted a strategy of eliminating long time workers and discouraging overweight or otherwise unhealthy workers from applying -- both as measures to reduce payroll and health care costs.

In recent months, Wal-Mart spin doctors have been working to change the company's public posture. Unfortunately, being a responsible employer means improving actual corporate practices. That begins with not interfering with employees' internationally recognized right to join a union.

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