For over a week now, we have been reporting on the mysterious closings of five Walmarts across the country.
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.
On Monday, the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union came forward with what they say is the real reason behind the Walmart closings. They say the Walmarts were shut down as retaliation for labor activism in one of the closed stores in Pico Rivera, Calif.
This Walmart was the spot of the first ever strike at a Walmart in the U.S. back in 2012. The strike was over wages and working condition, and ever since then the store has been a leader in fighting for the rights of Walmart workers everywhere.
“Walmart has targeted this store because the associates have been among the most active associates around the country to improve working conditions,” they said in a claim filed on Monday with the National Labor Relations Board.
According to the New York Times, the claim asks the labor board to force Walmart to immediately rehire all 2,200 employees. Walmart, however, have continued to stick to their ridiculous story that the stores were closed due to “plumbing issues.”
“We don’t believe there is a basis for an injunction that would interfere with our efforts to repair the serious plumbing issues at the five stores,” said Walmart spokesman Lorenzo Lopez in response to the claim.
This is yet another twist in the strange story of the Walmart closings. What do you think the explanation behind this is? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section.