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Wal-Mart Wins Court Order to Keep Union Organizers Out of its Stores

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has won a court injunction to keep union organizers out of its U.S. stores, The Associated Press reports.

Wal-Mart claims that its employees have asked the company repeatedly since 1999, when the union activity began, to stop members of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union from "harassing them." Wal-Mart said organizers were trespassing, harassing workers and violating meat safety procedures by going into meat departments.

"Our informal requests that they stop their unlawful activity have been ignored," said Wal-Mart spokeswoman Jessica Moser. Moser said the order should help resolve the issue if union organizers will comply with it.

The order prohibits the union from soliciting inside Wal-Mart buildings in the United States, including Supercenters, Sams Clubs and Neighborhood Markets. Violators can be held in contempt of court.

Union organizers can still legally solicit in store parking lots, as other groups can, Moser said.
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