Wal-Mart To Fight Texas Unionization Today

July 7, 2008 - 8:02 PM

(CNSNews.com) - The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) will be holding a hearing Monday in Palestine, Texas, on a petition filed by over a dozen workers at the WalMart Supercenter for representation in the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW).

Wal-Mart will be fighting the attempt to unionize and company officials believe most workers in that store do not support union representation.

"They can make whatever claims they want. The bottom line is that they know that they do not have support in that store. That is why they're limiting this election to such a small group of associates and that's wrong," Jessica Moser, a spokesperson for Wal-Mart said in an interview with CNSNews.com.

Texas is a right to work state, which means that workers in a union shop are not required to join the union.

It is also legal for Wal-Mart to fight the union action, according to Larry Jones, spokesman for the Texas Workforce Commission.

"It is legal for [Wal-Mart] to do that as long as they abide by the National Labor Relations Act. As long as they remain within that act, they can fight that action," Jones told CNSNews.com.

Wal-Mart believes it has a case against union representation at the Palestine, Tex., store.

"They're trying to limit the selection to a small handful of associates. They have little support and are trying to eliminate the majority of our associates from participating in that vote and that is simply wrong. If they cared about what was best for those associates they would want to hear from them all. But they don't, because they know they don't have the support," Moser told CNSNews.com.

However, the union is ready to fight to get those Palestine store workers organized and made it clear in a statement.

"Workers at the Palestine, Texas, SuperCenter are not frightened or fooled. The Jacksonville workers have warned their colleagues down the road that Wal-Mart will try everything to delay the election like the company did in Jacksonville, but the Palestine workers are ready to make their voices heard," the union said in a statement released to CNSNews.com.

Last week, meat department workers at a Wal-Mart store in Jacksonville, Tex., voted in favor of being represented by the UFCW. Wal-Mart is vowing to fight that effort as well.

Later this week, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is expected to decide if Wal-Mart's opposition to the union representation is worth having a hearing on the matter. Wal-Mart vows to take the Jacksonville matter to the courts if necessary, contending that most workers at the Jacksonville store oppose unionization.