ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — Wal-Mart Stores has filed suit in the 9th Judicial Circuit Court here alleging trespassing by the United Food and Commercial Workers Union, OUR Walmart and other groups that have held demonstrations at its stores in Florida.
The complaint seeks a court order restraining the groups from trespassing on Wal-Mart property to picket, demonstrate, disrupt customers or confront managers.
A UFCW spokeswoman called the lawsuit "another instance of Wal-Mart grasping at straws to distract the union and Wal-Mart workers."
In a statement, OUR Walmart, which is made up of current and former Walmart employees, said: "This lawsuit looks to be another meritless attempt by Wal-Mart to silence workers and the community rather than hear our concerns about its treatment of workers. In Florida, when associates have spoken out for good jobs, Wal-Mart managers have reacted in an extreme manner — even calling the police and harassing associates. Wal-Mart's legal games will not stop OUR Walmart and our supporters in calling for a change of course at Wal-Mart."
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