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Union Solicitation OK'd for Wal-Mart

July 3, 2003 - Posted at: 9:51 a.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- The Arkansas Supreme Court has reversed a lower-court injunction Wal-Mart had won to stop solicitation by union members in its stores.

The United Commercial and Food Workers International Union asked the high court to overturn a 2002 decision granting a permanent injunction to prohibit the union from soliciting in Wal-Mart stores nationwide.

That injunction had been requested by Wal-Mart and was granted last year in Benton County Chancery Court.

Wal-Mart claimed organizers were trespassing and harassing workers, among other things.

The Supreme Court today ruled that Wal-Mart did not prove that it would suffer irreparable harm from the union efforts.

The union claims the world's largest retailer used a local judge to stifle free speech and suppress workers' rights to organize.

A spokeswoman for Bentonville-based Wal-Mart said the company was reviewing the decision and would comment later.

Union officials called the reversal a:``Clear victory for common sesne and the law.''

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