Wal-Mart Workers' Strikes Were Lawful, NLRB Judge Says

By Kurt Orzeck (January 22, 2016, 12:08 AM EST) -- A National Labor Relations Board judge on Thursday ordered Wal-Mart Stores Inc. to allow 16 workers to return to their jobs after they participated in strikes at the retailer's headquarters during a shareholders meeting, ruling Wal-Mart had illegally fired them.

Administrative Law Judge Geoffrey Carter issued a decision saying the workers' May and June 2013 "Ride for Respect" protests over alleged retaliation against employees who complained about working conditions were protected activity under the National Labor Relations Act.

The strikes were organized by the Organization United for Respect at Wal-Mart, or OUR Wal-Mart, a nonprofit organization that is backed by the...

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