Wal-Mart's latest battle with labor is over a chat app

DENVER BUSINESS JOURNAL - Wal-Mart is discouraging its employees from downloading a smartphone app designed by OUR Walmart, a group advocating for higher pay and benefits for store employees.

The app, released on Monday for Android phones, allows Wal-Mart (NYSE: WMT) store workers to chat online among themselves, leaders from OUR Walmart told The Wall Street Journal. The app also provides advice on workplace policies and legal rights.

Wal-Mart has told store managers to inform employees that the app wasn’t made by the company. Per a document obtained by the WSJ, the big-box store said OUR Walmart is “increasingly trying to get our associates to turn over personal information to the union by using deceptive and slick looking social media and mobile apps.”

“There is no way to know if the details this group is pushing are correct,” Wal-Mart spokesman Kory Lundberg told the WSJ in an emailed statement. “Our people are smart and see this for what it is: an attempt by an outside group to collect as much personal and private information as possible.”

Read more at the Denver Business Journal: http://bit.ly/2fWL7My

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