Wal-Mart has been charged by the NLRB of violating 19 employees in 14 states when Wal-Mart fired or disciplined these workers for participating in strikes and other forms of protected collective action. Labor experts are debating whether bringing action against non-union employers may be a more frequent strategy in the NLRB of the future. Many are speculating that losing the case may be far more significant than an union at Wal-Mart winning a certification election. In addition, this case by the NLRB weaves together many complaints against the world?s largest retailer, both strengthening it and making its outcome bear more weight on future employer actions.
See Carlyn Kolker & Kevin Drawbaugh, Reuters, January 16, 2014