You may have heard about the “massive” protests Walmart workers have in store for Black Friday this year. The only problem with this story is that workers aren’t really the ones behind these efforts. In reality, Big Labor, liberal groups and the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) are colluding to stage protests with the explicit purpose of targeting and undermining the nation’s largest employer.

According to audio recordings of a private planning session—which included members from liberal group Retail Action Project, Walmart-Free NYC, Jobs with Justice and Occupy Wall Street working group 99 Pickets, among others—these protests are not only being planned and orchestrated by Big Labor, but are also receiving support from the NLRB and, in some cases, local law enforcement.

One account reveals that these so-called “activists plan to have some participants get arrested in a ‘civil disobedience’ action coordinated with local police ahead of the event,” most likely to ensure wider media coverage and an extra measure of public sympathy. While some protesters may deliberately try to get arrested, others will be engaging in more “traditional” protest measures in and outside of the 2,000 Walmart locations being targeted this Black Friday.

Adding fuel to the fire, the NLRB announced this week that it is issuing complaints against Walmart in response to allegations of retaliation against workers who protested at a recent shareholders meeting. Is there any indication that Walmart took action against these workers?  No. Do things like facts and proof matter to union-backed worker centers like OUR Walmart (Organization United for Respect at Walmart) or their friends in government with taxpayer funded jobs?  Also, a resounding no.

In fact, the NLRB decision was made public during a media call held by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka and OUR Walmart hours before the official NLRB announcement. That Trumka and OUR Walmart were seemingly in on the NLRB’s decision speaks volumes about the extent to which all three parties are in collusion. Government and Big Labor working hand-in-hand to unleash a massive smear campaign against the nation’s largest retailer?  Happy Holidays, indeed.

While Walmart protest organizers would love to be seen as a grassroots movement of Walmart employees, the truth is the entire thing is being staged by OUR Walmart, an affiliate of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW) and other Big Labor front groups. And while the hype has been heavy in the media, Justin Wilson, managing director of the pro-business Center for Union Facts says much of this is being overplayed.

According to The Daily Caller, “if organizers expect massive strikes and picket lines to materialize next Friday — turning away shoppers and giving Wal-Mart a black eye — Wilson believes they’ll be disappointed. ‘The idea that there’s this mass uprising of Wal-Mart employees trying to unionize the stores when they can’t get more than 500 of them to actually turn out is ridiculous — just an absolute joke,’ he concluded.” 

As you do your Black Friday shopping this year, keep in mind these Walmart protests are nothing more than the overblown theatrics of Big Labor.  Let’s make sure they don’t have an audience this year.

Tell Congress: Stop the PRO Act

WFI is working to prevent passage of the so-called Protecting the Right to Organize Act (PRO Act)—a wholesale labor reform package that takes the current careful balance of labor rules and tips it greatly in the favor of labor bosses and forced collective bargaining.

The PRO Act robs workers of the right to a secret ballot to form a union, forces union contracts on workers without a vote of approval, and expose workers’ personal contact information to union bosses seeking to organize a workplace. And that’s just the start.

Help us speak out against this woefully misguided and blatantly anti-worker legislation. Review and send the message below to your members of Congress today.

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WFI Key Vote Letter: Opposition to PRO Act

— 02.10.2020 —
Dear Speaker Pelosi and Minority Leader McCarthy: On behalf of the Workforce Fairness Institute (WFI), I am writing to share our organization’s vehement opposition to H.R. 2474, the Protecting the Right to Organize Act (PRO Act). WFI has serious concerns with the broad, overreaching nature of this legislation and the many ways in which it would undermine worker freedom and privacy, while simultaneously threatening businesses and entire industries that keep America’s economy thriving. Please note that WFI will include votes on the PRO Act and its amendments on our Congressional Labor Scorecard, which scores and ranks legislators based on their activity associated with workplace issues. WFI was established to fight for American employees and employers as well as our entire economy. We believe in worker empowerment, the right of workers to be fully informed of the options available for worker-involvement in the workplace, and the right to freely choose whether to organize or not. No individual or group – government, a union or an employer – should be able to intimidate or restrict workers’ in exercising these rights. In an attempt to boost flailing union membership at the expense of workers’ rights, the PRO Act would upend decades of established U.S. labor law and institute myriad anti-employee and anti-employer policies that have already been soundly rejected—by Congress, various federal agencies, or the courts. Among its most blatant affronts to workers’ rights, the PRO Act would eliminate the right to a secret ballot when determining whether to unionize and enforce a “card check” system, exposing workers to the potential for harassment, intimidation, and coercion. The PRO Act would also enforce binding arbitration in union negotiations by a government- appointed bureaucrat; repeal and eliminate right-to-work laws in 27 states, force workers to fund union activities regardless of whether they support them; and threaten the ability of individuals to operate as independent contractors, eliminating traditional economic and employment opportunities and threatening the independence and flexibility of the emerging gig economy. On top of all that, the PRO Act would force all workers’ personal and home contact information to be provided to a union during organizing campaigns – in an electronic, searchable format no less, with no limit on what a union can do with that information. WFI believes in advancing sensible policies that protect and preserve the rights of both employees and employers, and we welcome the opportunity to work with legislators who also support these efforts. However, the PRO Act does not achieve these goals and would instead threaten the rights of both while jeopardizing our entire economy. WFI urges members of the House to strongly oppose the PRO Act. Sincerely, Heather Greenaway Executive Director Workforce Fairness Institute See the letter here.
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