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Wal-Mart auto workers look to unionize at one store

by Kevin Bersett

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.

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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 company’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.

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