Labor groups on Thursday said they’ll end most of their demonstrations and picketing against Wal-Mart Stores Inc., as well as refrain from pressuring the retail giant’s employees to choose the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union as a representative, as part of a settlement that was reached with the National Labor Relations Board.
The settlement agreement stems from a Nov. 16 unfair labor practice charge filed by Wal-Mart against the UFCW. At the height of the Christmas shopping season and culminating on one of its busiest days, Black Friday, Wal-Mart asked the NLRB to stop demonstrations and in-store “flash mobs” that the retailer called “unlawful attempts to disrupt its business and intimidate customers and store workers.”
The settlement will stop the picketing and demonstrations against Wal-Mart for 60 days. However, the unfair labor practice charge against the union will remain in place for several months as part of the settlement to hold the UFCW accountable should it violate the agreement during that time.
Our Wal-Mart, an organization of current and former Wal-Mart employees, pressing the retailer to improve labor rights and standards for workers, filed its own complaint with the NLRB, citing attempts by Wal-Mart to discourage workers from taking part in what the group referred to as legally protected walkouts.
The definition of picketing and whether the activity was aimed at winning acceptance for the union was at issue.
According to a letter signed by the UFCW’s general counsel, the union and Our Wal-Mart agreed to the conditions “without admitting that they have engaged in any conduct that constitutes unfair labor practices.” The two organizations also agreed to “stop encouraging unlawful disruptions by nearly 30 affiliated groups,” including International Brotherhood of Teamsters, AFL-CIO, Jobs with Justice and Service Employees International Union.
The UFCW and Our Wal-Mart said they removed several documents from their Web sites, including the united demands document that outlines the groups’ demands to Wal-Mart and the Walton family, which include providing minimum pay for all Wal-Mart associates of $25,000 a year.
“This is good news for our associates, who asked us to stand up to this conduct because they understand better than anyone the opportunities Wal-Mart offers,” the retailer said.
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The fashion world mourns for celebrated street style photographer, Nabile Quenum, who died at age 32 in Paris.
Quenum, creator of the fashion blog “J’ai Perdu Ma Veste,” was a fashion week fixture, and regularly shot for New York magazine’s The Cut, among other outlets, and brands such as Louis Vuitton, Moncler and Adidas. He was also actively involved in the #NoFreePhotos initiative, which kicked off in the fall. Read more about Quenum in @kbsmoke's story on WWD.com. #wwdnews
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Exclusive: @viktorandrolf are teaming up with @Zalando on a collection made from leftover clothing. The lineup, which lands at the retailer February 1, includes 17 pieces adorned with sliced up and repurposed overstock from the retailer’s private label collection. Pictured here is a look from the collection –– see more on WWD.com. #wwdfashion #wwdnews
@duewestnyc is the newest bar joining the collection of intimate neighborhood-focused spaces in the West Village. The cocktail menu, which includes bitters and syrups made in-house, offers a “Build Your Own Old-Fashioned” – like the one pictured here – where guests can choose from a list of spirits and unexpected sugars and bitters. #wwdeye
Spotted at last night’s National Board of Review gala in NYC: Angelina Jolie. Jolie – along with Meryl Streep, @lupitanyongo and more – continued the all-black dress code from Sunday’s Golden Globes. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)