Yesterday, the National Labor Relations Board released Administrative Law Judge Geoffrey Carter’s decision finding that Walmart managers in California committed several unfair labor practices.  In pertinent part, ALJ Carter ruled that Walmart’s managers had illegally disciplined employees for engaging in a one-day strike.  The managers also violated the National Labor Relations Act by making threats to shut down a store if employees joined the Organization United for Respect at Walmart (OUR Walmart). 

OUR Walmart, an affiliate of the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW), filed the Board charges against the company.  As the reader may recall, OUR Walmart has been active in its attempts to compel Walmart to increase employee wages to $15 per hour.  This past Black Friday, Walmart worker across the country staged protests outside of the company’s stores to demand higher pay and better benefits.

Judge Carter also determined that Walmart’s California dress code was unlawful.  The policy was found to be overly broad because it “unduly restricted associates’ right to wear union insignia.” 

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