According to a report at The Wall Street Journal, the company says that OUR Walmart is seeking recognition from Walmart and, by law, may only demonstrate and protest for 30 days before collecting signatures to hold an employee vote. A company spokesman is cited as saying:
We cannot allow the UFCW to continue to intentionally seek to create an environment that could directly and adversely impact our customers and associates.
For its part, the UFCW says the protests are not supporting unionization but calling attention to working conditions at Walmart, which the union accuses of retaliating against workers who complain about pay and other conditions at the stores.
OUR Walmart has called for walkouts at Walmart stores on Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, and traditionally the biggest shopping day of the year. Walmart has about 1.4 million U.S. employees at more than 4,500 locations. Union protests so far have involved a few hundred workers at fewer than 50 stores.