Reason Not to Shop at Wal-Mart #143

by Rebecca Schmitz

From today’s Wall Street Journal:

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is mobilizing its store managers and department supervisors around the country to warn that if Democrats win power in November, they’ll likely change federal law to make it easier for workers to unionize companies — including Wal-Mart. [snip] According to about a dozen Wal-Mart employees who attended such meetings in seven states, Wal-Mart executives claim that employees at unionized stores would have to pay hefty union dues while getting nothing in return, and may have to go on strike without compensation. Also, unionization could mean fewer jobs as labor costs rise.

Read that again. unionization could mean fewer jobs

Is that a threat?

The article continues:

The Wal-Mart human-resources managers who run the meetings don’t specifically tell attendees how to vote in November’s election, but make it clear that voting for Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama would be tantamount to inviting unions in, according to Wal-Mart employees who attended gatherings in Maryland, Missouri and other states. “The meeting leader said, ‘I am not telling you how to vote, but if the Democrats win, this bill will pass and you won’t have a vote on whether you want a union,'” said a Wal-Mart customer-service supervisor from Missouri. “I am not a stupid person. They were telling me how to vote,” she said.

It’s no secret Wal-Mart is opposed to unionization of their workforce. What is surprising to me, however (and maybe my naïveté is showing today), is this open attempt to tell its associates how to vote. It will be interesting to see if this completely backfires on Wal-Mart, or, desperate to keep their jobs in the face of a recession, employees will vote for someone who doesn’t have their best interests at heart.

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  1. Good ole Wal-Mart. The big-box behemoth throwing around its massive girth to coerce its employees with political directives. If Hillary was still on their board this would have never happened (har har).

  2. JC

    Maybe we should pay the down-and-out folks who hang out at the Wal-Mart exits to trade in their signs looking for work or money to holding up signs that tell folks to boycott Wal-Mart for its anti-union stances.

    The juxtaposition may turn more than a few heads.

  3. Watch this video for another reason to be afraid of Wal-Mart:

    http://projects.flowingdata.com/walmart/

  4. Ick. That reminds me of the way a virus spreads throughout the human body.

  5. Sadly, this is old, old news.

    When I worked for the big box store in the late 90s and early 00s part of their new employee orientation was to show a video of Stepford employees calmly and rationally telling the new recruits that unions were the anti-christ and did nothing but take money of of workers pockets and give them nothing in return.

    The more things change, the more they stay the same.

  6. Mayor of Mayhem

    I’m surprised Wal-mart didn’t tell the employess they would be fired and then a plane would fly into thier house if democrats are elected




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