|WAL-MART WORKERS WIN UNION
WAL-MART WORKERS MAKE HISTORYSAY "UNION YES!"
Jacksonville, Texas Employees Unionize first Wal-Mart in U.S.
The world's biggest retailer, and America's largest private employer, has remained union-free in its conquest of American commerce, until today. Employees in the Jacksonville, Texas Wal-Mart Supercenter's meat department voted 7-to-3 to join the United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW) Local 540, becoming the first U.S. Wal-Mart employees to gain union representation.
"This victory could open the floodgates of pent-up worker frustration at the abusive treatment, low pay, and lousy benefits at Wal-Mart," predicted UFCW President Douglas H. Dority, who called the election "the vote heard 'round the world."
Union officials attributed the outcome to resentment over the company-controlled "open door" policy and the desire to replace it with a fair and impartial grievance procedure, and a true voice in the workplace.