picture-31Wal-Mart is the most notoriously anti-union corporation in the world. In the last two decades, the company has gone to extraordinary lengths to keep organized labor out of its stores. Most recently it shuttered a store in Canada after workers voted to organize. Wal-Mart’s anti-union tactics have been so successful that for roughly five years United Food and Commercial Workers — the country’s largest union representing retail workers — didn’t even bother with a concerted organizing campaign.

But galavanized by a more labor-friendly administration in Washington, the UFCW is once again looking to bring the company’s 1.4 million U.S. workers into the fold. The union is focusing on roughly 100 Wal-Mart stores in 17 states, including Minnesota. Yesterday UFCW Local 789 held a rally at the Wal-Mart store in St. Paul’s Midway neighborhood: