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December 23, 2008

Schuhrke_Compton_Back_Pay_Walmart_WarehouseA class action lawsuit brought by 63 workers against Walmart is settled when the company agrees to pay plaintiffs between $352 million and $640 million for unpaid overtime and failing to allow workers to take breaks. Walmart said in a press release that the claims made “are not representative of the company we are today.” However, the company continues to actively engage in wage theft.

December 2, 2009

wage-theftIn the largest wage and hour class action settlement in Massachusetts history, Walmart agrees to pay $40 million to over 87,000 current and former employees in the state. The lawsuit, filed in 2001, accused the retailer of denying workers rest and meal breaks, refusing to pay overtime, and manipulating time cards.

August 15, 2008

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Eight automotive department employees at a Wal-Mart in Gatineau, Quebec, win an arbitrator-imposed contract after voting for UFCW representation, becoming the giant retailer’s only location in North America with a collective bargaining agreement. Two months later the company closed the department.

November 23, 2012

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Workers employed at Walmart — the nation’s largest private-sector employer — strike nationwide for better wages and working conditions.  Walmart, whose net sales in 2011 were $443.9 billion, pays its 1.4 million workers in the U.S. an average of $8.81/hour.  A third of Walmart’s employees work less than 28 hours a week and don’t qualify for benefits.

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