Teamsters Take Shot at Wal-Mart
By George Anderson
The United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) are not the only union looking to organize Wal-Mart employees.
The Warehouse Division of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters has launched a Web site (www.walmartworkersunited.org) directed at employees of the retailer’s distribution center operations.
In a released statement, the director of Teamsters’ Warehouse Division, John A. Williams, said, “The Teamsters Union respects that the Wal-Mart distribution center employees do a great job in getting the product to the stores.”
“Our Union negotiates industry-leading contracts providing our members with family wages and benefits. Wal-Mart employees, working for the largest company in the U.S., should not earn less in wages and benefits then what Teamster members enjoy working under their union contracts,” he added.
“The Wal-Mart model for its distribution center employees should not be built on what can’t be done but what must be done to make these Wal-Mart employees some of the best compensated workers in the industry,” he said.
Moderator’s Comment: Are the Teamsters likely to have any more success organizing Wal-Mart distribution centers (DCs) than the United Food and Commercial
Workers have had in the retailer’s stores? What would a union-represented workforce in Wal-Mart’s DCs mean for the company? –
George Anderson – Moderator
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