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• The Dallas Morning News reports that Walmart plans to open 37 stores In Texas over the next two months, and the stores are all smaller Wal-Mart Neighborhood Markets "in two sizes: a 40,000-square-foot traditional grocery store and its newer 12,000-square-foot store, which sells an abbreviated selection of fresh produce, meats and groceries and has a pharmacy and fuel pumps."


• The New York Times reports that a National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) judge has ruled "that Walmart managers in California had illegally disciplined employees for going on strike and unlawfully threatened to close a store if many of its employees joined a group demanding higher wages … In addition, the judge said it was unlawful for Walmart managers to tell employees that co-workers returning from a one-day strike would be looking for a new job."
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