WASHINGTON — An appeals court here on Friday upheld two National Labor Relations Board rulings in a widely watched case that led Wal-Mart to eliminate meatcutters from its stores nearly a decade ago. In 2000, when United Food and Commercial Workers Local 540 sought to unionize meatcutters at a Wal-Mart in Jacksonville, Texas, Wal-Mart eliminated meatcutting throughout the region and switched to prepackaged meats. The NLRB later found that Wal-Mart did not have to negotiate a union contract because it had eliminated the department, but that it had to compensate the workers whose jobs were eliminated, just as though it had closed a store. Both rulings were appealed, but the three-judge panel at the U.S. Court of Appeals here ruled that the NLRB was correct in both decisions, according to reports.
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