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Wal-Mart Scaring Employees About Potential Democratic Win?

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This is a pretty craven move even for a company who routinely sold products at a loss so they could drive local competition in rural communities out of business.

From 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.

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.

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 company claims this isn’t a coordinated effort to tell people not to vote for Obama, but let’s not be naive here. This is a company that thrives on questionable labor standards, including limiting a large percentage of their staff to only work 35 hours a week so they would be considered “part time” and couldn’t qualify for health benefits.

Also, numerous lawsuits have been filed (and won) where employees have been forced to work off the clock. And this is the world’s biggest retailer we’re talking about here. Think about that for a second.

The truth is, Wal-Mart is scared that their work force may actually get to have some say in the matter. I’m not claiming unions are perfect by any stretch of the imagination, and I think they can definitely be an impediment to economic progress, but too often in our nation’s history progress has come at the expense of people’s lives.

Wal-Mart has built their empire on the backs of hard working men and women, and if those people’s interests aren’t being accounted for by the corporation, well, maybe they’ll wise up and unionize, regardless of who the country elects as their President.