Wal-Mart Sues Union in Florida Over Demonstrations
By Karen Gullo - Mar 26, 2013 12:01 AM ET
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (WMT), the world’s largest retailer, filed trespassing claims in a lawsuit against the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union and other groups holding demonstrations at company stores in Florida.
A complaint filed March 22 in Orange County, Florida, seeks a court order restraining the group and several individuals from trespassing on Wal-Mart property to picket, demonstrate, disrupt customers or confront managers. Wal-Mart employees aren’t unionized.
The lawsuit is aimed at the UFCW, its subsidiary OURWalmart and another group that allegedly trespassed 73 times in 13 states in the past year, Steven Wheeless, a Wal-Mart attorney, said in a letter to the union’s general counsel filed with the lawsuit.
“Wal-Mart files this action after repeatedly warning the union that it would act to protect its property interests and its associates’ work environment if the union did not stop its illegal conduct,” Wheeless said.
The press office of the Washington-based union didn’t immediately respond yesterday to an e-mail seeking comment on the lawsuit.
The case is Wal-Mart Stores Inc. v. United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, Circuit Court, Orange County, Florida.
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