Protests Backed By Union Get Wal-Mart’s Attention
Professor Bill Gould spoke with the New York Times' Steven Greenhouse and Stephanie Clifford on repeated efforts by unions to organize their workers from Wal-Mart and the progress they made thus far through recent demonstrations.
For years, Wal-Mart has fended off repeated efforts by unions and their supporters to organize its workers. Now, that battle is once again escalating.
In a rare move, Wal-Mart is trying to stop a union-backed group from staging a series of demonstrations against the company on Black Friday, the busiest shopping day of the year.
William B. Gould IV, a Stanford University law professor and chairman of the labor board under President Bill Clinton, said the protests were more about employment conditions and retaliation against employees than a unionization drive.
"I don’t see this translating into a great deal of success in terms of unionizing Wal-Mart or in terms of being particularly effective in improving conditions," Mr. Gould said. "But I must say if they've gone to the N.L.R.B. on this, that must show that Wal-Mart is really concerned."