NEW YORK — An administrative law judge with the National Labor Relations Board ruled in favor of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. in two different cases last week involving election objections and charges of unfair labor practices.

The two cases involved charges filed against the Bentonville, Ark.-based discounter by United Food and Commercial Workers’ Union. Judge Keltner Locke, who oversaw both cases, ruled in the first case that Wal-Mart associates in Palestine, Tex., had access to a fair election process. In that election, reconfirmed by the judge, associates voted against UFCW representation.

Following its loss in the May 2000 vote, the union filed 16 objections to the election, along with more than a dozen unfair labor practice charges against the discounter.

Judge Locke ruled against the union on all charges, concluding that Wal-Mart’s obligation to recognize the union as the representative of a small unit of meat associates in the Jacksonville, Tex., store ended in July 2000.

However, the judge ordered Wal-Mart to recognize the union as the bargaining representative of the meat cutters and to restore the department, later shut down, to its previous structure. Alleging union misconduct in the days leading up to the vote, a Wal-Mart spokesman said that portion of the ruling would be appealed.

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