A union has officially asked the National Labor Relations Board to force Walmart to reinstate the 2,200 employees that were fired at the five stores that they closed.
Two weeks ago, 2,200 Walmart employees at five stores in different cities were laid off last Tuesday and given just a few hours notice. Walmart claimed that the stores had to be closed due to plumbing issues, but many have questioned this explanation since all the stores were located in different parts of the country.
The United Food and Commercial Workers International Union is now claiming that these stores were shut down due to labor activism at these locations.
“Walmart has targeted this store because the associates have been among the most active associates around the country to improve working conditions,” the union claim stated, according to Infowars.
Despite the claim, Walmart is sticking to their story that the stores were closed due to “plumbing issues.”
“We don’t believe there is any basis for an injunction,” Walmart said in the statement.
The claim cites the fact that one of the stores closed at a location in Pico Rivera, California had been the center of worker activism for Walmarts across America. In fact, the first U.S. Walmart strike ever was at the store there in 2012. The Union claims that the other four stores were shut down as a cover for closing this one.
This is yet another layer to the mysterious Walmart closings. Many have theorized that the move was made by the government, who theorists say wish to use the large stores for the Jade Helm training operation. This operation will take place this summer, and many see it as the government testing out martial law.
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