FAYETTEVILLE — “A line has been crossed,” Gisel Ruiz, executive vice president and chief operating officer for Wal-Mart U.S., said Wednesday to some 6,000 of the company’s U.S. employees attending a preshareholders meeting at Bud Walton Arena. Ruiz was referring to the presence of members from the union affiliate OUR Walmart, or Organization United for Respect at Walmart, during the week of activities leading up to Friday’s Wal-Mart shareholders’ meeting. The group is made up of paid representatives from the United Food and Commercial Workers International union (UFCW) and Wal-Mart employees who have joined. OUR Walmart has conducted two protests so far this week, one Monday and another at noon Wednesday, both in front of Wal-Mart’s home office in Bentonville.
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Business, Pages 25 on 06/06/2013
Print Headline: Union ‘plain wrong,’ Wal-Mart exec says