Wal-Mart Must Bargain With Union On Mechanization

Law360, New York (March 14, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- An appeals court ruled Friday that Wal-Mart Stores Inc. must bargain with the union representing a group of its meat department workers over the effects of replacing much of their work with machines, but the company does not have to recognize the union for any other purpose.

The ruling, handed down by a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, upheld an earlier ruling by the National Labor Relations Board.

The dispute began in June 2000, when a Wal-Mart...
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