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1999-09-16
Bentonville, AR. Unions in the Meat Cutting Room

Attention Wal-Mart shoppers! The company has disclosed the discomforting news that it has found union workers have penetrated supercenter premises -- even to "prohibited areas" like the meat-cutting room. While no immediate action on the part of consumers is necessary, shoppers may wish to inspect their meat and cook it throughly before eating. Wal-Mart has taken the wise precaution of going to the Benton County Chancellor and taken out a temporary restraining order that bars the United Food and Commercial Workers union from leafleting on store property. Wal-Mart took this justified action "to protect the health, safety and well-being of its employees, officials, customers and vendors". Under the court order, the union is restrained from violating Wal-Mart's policy of no solicitation on its premises. According to the Associated Press, Wal-Mart is seeking to make the court order permanent, and says the UFCW has trespassed in more than "200 hundred stores and counting".

What you can do: Anxious consumers who are worried about their health, safety and well-being, should inspect their food closely to look for any leaflets that may have been inserted in their bag, or any other threatening material. It is not known if Wal-Mart will make public the list of 200 stores where the union may have entered prohibited areas, but as a precaution, discard any leaflets you may have received. You can email the company to express your opinion by going to the company's website at www.wal-mart.com. Wal-Mart in the past has stated that it is not anti-union, just non-union. For now, Wal-Mart's timely action should be sufficient to keep those pesky organized workers out of supercenter meat-cutting rooms.










 
 
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