Memphis NLRB Involved in Walmart Strife

According to Bloomberg, the decision on whether to allow strikes at WalMart has a Memphis office connection:

It looks like a spate of walkouts Wal-Mart workers have planned for Black Friday will go on. The Bentonville (Ark.)-based company had accused the workers of illegal picketing last Friday, making a rare complaint to the National Labor Relations Board. The company asked the board to issue an injunction to stop the strikes in their tracks. While the NLRB usually takes months to issue a decision, officials said they made this case a high priority.

The NLRB weighed in on Tuesday afternoon, with a statement that isn’t going to make either party particularly pleased. Citing the complexity of the case at hand, the NLRB decided to put off a decision until after Thanksgiving. “The legal issues—including questions about what constitutes picketing and whether the activity was aimed at gaining recognition for the union—are complex,” NLRB spokeswoman Nancy Cleeland said in a statement. “The Memphis Office expects to complete its investigation tomorrow (Wednesday). Because of the complexity of the case, it will then be sent to the NLRB Division of Advice in Washington, D.C., for further analysis. Under these circumstances, the Office of General Counsel does not expect to make a decision before Thursday on whether or not to seek an injunction to stop the activity.”

So who is this Nancy Cleeland? The Huffington Post describes her:

Nancy Cleeland is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist with extensive background in labor, immigration and international trade. She left the newspaper business in the summer of 2007, and now writes for the Washington D.C.-based Economic Policy Institute, a nonpartisan think tank that researches the impact of economic trends and policies on working people in the United States and around the world. During a decade at the Los Angeles Times, Cleeland covered major labor disputes, including a port shutdown and several regional strikes, and exposed harsh conditions faced by immigrant workers. She was a lead writer on a 2004 series about Wal-Mart’s labor policies and sourcing practices that won the Pulitzer and Polk awards. Prior to Los Angeles, she was based in Mexico City as bureau chief for Copley News Service.

... Leave a Reply