Remember back when Walmart suddenly closed five stores in April without warning, laying off more than 2,200 employees in the process? According to new reports, Six months later, the retailer is now reopening the stores and inviting previous employees to reapply for their jobs, This information comes from Reuters.
Walmart said it closed the stores in California, Texas, Oklahoma, and Florida because of persistent plumbing issues. But Walmart employees — who said they were blindsided by the closures — have a different theory about why the stores may have been closed. They say Walmart shuttered the stores in retaliation against workers protesting for better pay and working conditions, which is something Walmart has been found guilty of doing in Canada.
The UFCW — a labor group representing Walmart’s laid-off workers — filed a claim with the National Labor Relations Board demanding that the company rehire the employees. Walmart employees weren’t alone in their skepticism. The closures also fueled a bizarre conspiracy theory that the US military was planning to enact martial law this summer under the guise of a special-operations exercise called Jade Helm 15. According to the theory — which has no apparent basis in reality — the military was planning to use the shuttered Walmart stores as “processing” facilities for Americans once martial law was hatched. FULL REPORT