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Walmart CEO Mike Duke Forced to Step Down After NLRB Pursues Worker’s Rights Violations!

The chief executive of Walmart Mike Duke has stepped down while the company struggles to deal with a sequence of confrontations with workers. Duke is to be replaced by company veteran Doug McMillon by February of 2014. The decision arose just days after claims by campaigners that Walmart is to be prosecuted for “violating the rights” of workers who participated in strikes over wages in the US.

The National Labor Relations Board claims that Walmart “unlawfully threatened” employees for their part in the Black Friday walkouts last year, in which about 400 people participated. They have decided to pursue charges against Walmart for threatening and punishing workers who planned to go on strike last year.

“The board’s decision confirms what Walmart workers have long known: the company is illegally trying to silence employees who speak out for better jobs,” said Sarita Gupta, executive director of Jobs with Justice. “Americans believe that we have the responsibility – and the right – to speak out against corporate abuses of workers, and this proves we’re finally being heard, and making kinks in Walmart’s armour.”

The decision would address charges filed one year ago in advance of Black Friday 2012, when Walmart workers went on strike over low wages and lousy working conditions.

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  1. But is it too late? The cancer of “Free market” has metastasized globally, and we’re ALL going under.

  2. Its about time! Reaganism is finally dying!

  3. If you don’t mind me saying. Mike Duke has accepted the role of a Chinese Government official. He and his family are given economic advantage, prestige, only to completely SOLELY accept the blame, and fall on a sword. God Save the System.

  4. It gets even better http://thinkprogress.org/…/11/18/2962751/nlrb-walmart/

  5. The entire board of directors (past AND present) and the CEOs of WM should all be arrested and prosecuted under RICO for all of the ongoing worker abuses they have permitted.

    The company itself should be nationalized and a new board installed consisting of 50% employee representatives, 30% small shareholder representatives, 19% large shareholder representatives and a government representative with veto authority.

  6. Mike Duke is now Chairman of the Board. This is not even a slap on the wrist…maybe even a promotion.

  7. I worked at Wal-Mart as an overnight stocker for a while (6-8 months or something). I remember that they addressed worker’s relations during the orientation video. The video said “Wal-Mart isn’t anti-union, Wal-mart is Pro-employee.” I also remember someone “allegedly” got fired for mentioning to others that they wanted to start a union. I have other stories, none of which are pretty.

  8. It couldn’t have happened to a nice company.

  9. I dont shop Walmart because of their worker abuses . They over work and under pay their employees .I went in once and saw how they treated their help and never went back again That was in 2000

  10. I’m on the side of the employees. Years ago I had a problem with an employee in Walmart, but the store’s assistant manager helped me. I haven’t been in a Walmart for a long time. I like shopping at a local business. The hardware store has the same prices as Lowes and Home Depot. They understand they have to compete,and they also have great customer service.

  11. NLRB ,isn’t that a ’80s rock band, or unfunded yet? Workers want a living wage and management expects workers to compete in the “global economy”. So if you don’t work for minimum wage /no benefits, you don’t love America(taker).
    I’m torn, every time I go in WAL-MART I see people I kinda know (employees) but the idea of taxes being doled out to almost every single mom employed at WAL-MART because the business model is to hire part time only .Not because of Obama-care but to skirt all benefits, paid sick/ annual/ holidays/ vacation/ healthcare and then taxes on unemployment insurance and I’m sure there are tons more benefits in screwing your employees. These same employees are cheerful, helpful, knowledgeable and represent your brand , Scared employees don’t unionize too easily, its hard to convince a broke mom its in her best interest to stand in front of her store and not punch in and earn that paltry sum.A half a loaf is better than … even if management spits on it ?

  12. I am positive his early retirement left him with a HUGE payday.

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