You know why I hate Wal-Mart?: Chapter 59 | Street Jazz

Friday, August 1, 2008

You know why I hate Wal-Mart?: Chapter 59

Posted By on Fri, Aug 1, 2008 at 1:52 PM

The good folk at Wally World have been mobilizing - yes, mobilizing! - store managers and supervisors around the United States in order to warn them of the impending doom that would occur if Democrats were to find themselves in power, come January, 2009.

Unions!

Fewer jobs!

Dogs and cats living together!

In today’s Wall Street Journal, under the heading. “Wal-Mart Warns of Democratic Win: Unions Stand to Gain from November Victory, managers Around U.S. Are Told,” we learn that:

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.

The article goes on to say:

“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.

Wal-Mart denies that it is actually telling anyone how to vote. That would be wrong, after all.

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About those commercials, Wal-Mart

I notice that Wally World doesn’t run those happy little commercials with employees telling us how much they love working for the retail giant, anymore.  Now we have the “Know why I love Wal-Mart?” ads.


I’d ask one of the harried employees in the store how they like their job, but I’m always afraid they’ll just start crying.

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