Thursday, August 07, 2008

Wal-Mart Hall of Shame, Cont'd

Update from Wal-Mart Nation (NW Arkansas). The Wall Street Journal reported on August 1:

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.

In recent weeks, thousands of Wal-Mart store managers and department heads have been summoned to mandatory meetings at which the retailer stresses the downside for workers if stores were to be unionized.

Read the rest of the article here.

If you support human rights and unions, try to avoid Wal-Mart. And avoid supporting musical acts that play at Wal-Mart's annual shareholders meeting, held right here in Fayetteville. Previous posts commented on artists that performed at the '06 and '07 events (here and here). They include Beyoncé, J-Lo, and Kool and the Gang. In '05, acts included Jimmy Buffett and Shakira. (damn!) I wasn't in town during this year's events, and I think there were no Against the Wal actions, unlike previous years. In May '08, performers included Journey (!), Taylor Swift, Lifehouse, Latin Grammy award-winning Juan Luis Guerra, Keith Urban and Carrie Underwood. And this year, for the first time, the Wal reached out to local residents, making the events open to everyone, not just for Walmart shareholders.


Thanks, Wal-Mart, for bringing Journey to NW Arkansas, and for helping stomp out evil trade unions....

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