WASHINGTON — Longstanding tensions between organized labor groups and Wal-Mart Stores ratcheted up last week at the kickoff to the holiday shopping season. As SN went to press last week, Wal-Mart was seeking federal intervention to prevent employee groups from disrupting “Black Friday” sales at its stores, as a result of pickets and strikes threatened by union-backed groups of its own workers. The posture represented an abrupt change for Wal-Mart, which earlier this ...

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