NLRB tells union to back off Wal-Mart protests

Associated Press

BENTONVILLE, Ark. (AP) — The National Labor Relations Board and a union have agreed to settle a complaint Wal-Mart filed over union protests at stores during a busy holiday shopping time.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said Thursday that the National Labor Relations Board action should end picketing by the United Food and Commercial Workers union that has irritated company officials.

The union has organized pickets on the day after Thanksgiving, one of the busiest shopping days of the year, known as "Black Friday."

The agreement will stop picketing and "confrontational conduct" at Wal-Mart facilities for at least 60 days.

UFCW organizers have been working to unionize Wal-Mart workers and have campaigned for the company to pay its employees more and offer better benefits.

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