Wal-Mart faces new complaints and will have to defend itself before an NLRB judge for its illegal intimidation, harassment, and retaliation against workers organizing with the United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW) in Las Vegas, Nevada.

For three years, Wal-Mart and Sam's Club workers in Las Vegas have been working to organize for a voice on the job and better wages, benefits, and working conditions.

Larry Allen, a former Wal-Mart Supercenter produce clerk at their Eastern & Serene office in Henderson, Nevada, was fired after giving testimony to the NLRB and spending two of his vacation days to speak alongside Democratic presidential candidates in a forum on health care at the UFCW Convention in San Francisco in August 2003. His dismissal followed a well-documented track record of intimidation and coercion at the Eastern & Serene Supercenter.

The National Labor Relations Board has ordered a hearing to begin February 10, 2004. The case charges that Wal-Mart managers:

  • Prohibited employees from talking about the union and distributing
    information in break rooms and on store property;

  • Made employees feel that they were under surveillance for union

  • Asked employees to spy on co-workers on behalf of the company;
  • Refused to allow union representatives on the property;
  • Confiscated union literature from employees and threatened workers with
    reprisals for accepting literature;

  • Asked the police to remove union organizers from the property;
  • And illegally fired Larry Allen for his pro-union support.

The NLRB complaint states that Wal-Mart has been “interfering with, restraining, and coercing employees” in the exercise of their rights.