Does anybody read these?

Friday, August 01, 2008

Hello, Target!

Not that little ol' me not shopping at the world's largest store is going to change anything, but if more people realized that we need to join forces and tell Walmart that how they treat their workers is unacceptable, the world would be a better place.

But we won't. Because then where would we get flip-flops for $1.94?

The economy sucks ass. I was just thinking yesterday, when I went to Walmart to get something that they don't have anywhere else that I can tell, that I could save a lot of money if I abandoned Target and Kroger and went to Walmart. But then I read things like this.

Walmart is the reason the economy is in the tank. Companies like this that erode unions and treat their employees badly are the reason that companies who treat their employees very well are having to close plants.

I'm not going back there. It's just not worth it.

And notice I didn't even talk about what they do to mom and pop stores...

(P.S. I'm really glad that Toyland didn't do something like this when I was a department manager. It's just not appropriate.)

Wal-Mart mobilizes against Democrats: report 1 hour, 59 minutes ago

(Reuters) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc is mobilizing U.S. store managers to lobby against Democrats in November's presidential election, fearing they will make it easier for workers to unionize, The Wall Street Journal reported on Friday.

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

About a dozen employees who attended meetings in seven states said executives stressed employees would have to pay hefty union dues and get nothing in return, and might have to go on strike without compensation, and warned that unionization could force the company to cut jobs as labor costs rise, the Journal reported.

The Wal-Mart human-resources managers who have run the meetings didn't tell those attending how to vote in the November elections, but made it clear that voting for the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, Sen. Barack Obama, would be tantamount to inviting unions in, the Journals said.

Wal-Mart could not be reached immediately for a comment.

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