Judith Spanier, a plaintiff’s attorney and partner at Abbey, Spanier, Rodd & Abrams, told CNBC’s “Power Lunch” that Wal-Mart’s workers “have no voice except for litigation.”
But Aliza Herzberg, a partner at Olshan, Grudman, Frome, said prospective workers routinely flood Wal-Mart with job applications when a new store opens, including 25,000 people who applied for 400 jobs in Evergreen, Ill.
“The only thing that Wal-Mart fights harder than class certification of lawsuits is the unionization of its workers,” Spanier said Friday. “Wal-Mart’s efforts against unions, against what it refers to as ‘third- party representation,’ are endless and hard fought. They’ll close a store if they think the union has even the most remote chance of succeeding rather than permitting union organization.”
She said Wal-Mart employees leave the company as soon as possible for other jobs and it makes an effort to keep most workers as part-timers. She charged that Wal-Mart tries to weed out unhealthy workers that might over use the company’s health insurance, driving up costs.