Dec. 2, 2004 – A group of Wal-Mart automotive service employees is taking the first step toward unionizing today at a planned hearing with the National Labor Relations Board.
The seventeen workers in the Tire & Lube Express department of a Loveland, Colorado Wal-Mart want to join the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 7. The workers are attempting to become the second group of Wal-Mart employees to successfully seek union representation in the companyâ€™s history.
In 2000, meat cutters at a Wal-Mart in Jacksonville, Texas, voted 7-3 in favor of joining UFCW Local 540. That success was short-lived. Wal-Mart eliminated meat-cutter positions company-wide and switched to pre-packaged meat within a month of the vote. The unionized butchers were offered non-union jobs in different departments.