Wal-Mart

In the United States, Walmart is the largest employer but at what cost? Many say the megastore discounts lives to maximize profits. The articles here discuss WalMart's anti-union practices, its detrimental impact on small businesses, and poor record on workers' rights in the United States and internationally.

Labor Day 2013

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Bill Londrigan: We may very well be witnessing at this very moment in history the beginnings, the sparks of a resurgence of labor activism which has the potential to eclipse the worker uprising of the 1930s.

Why Picket Lines Matter

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Caitlin Vega: Given the economy we face today, it’s time for the next generation to start making signs and marching to demand those same opportunities.

Walmart: Discounting Lives to Maximize Profits

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Walter Brasch: Imitating Sgt. Schultz of “Hogan’s Heroes,” Walmart executives claimed they knew nothing—NOTHING—about working conditions in a garment factory in Bangladesh where 112 workers died and more than 150 were injured in a fire.

Walmart Workers ‘Are Not Serfs’

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Berry Craig: We want employees to have a chance to form their own association and have their own concerted actions without retaliation and unfair treatment. Walmart is not a feudal manor.

Taxpayers Should Stop Subsidizing Walmart

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Tina Dupuy: Since Walmart, the largest private employer in the country, generally doesn’t pay its “associates” or “Walmart family members” enough to live on – the giant multi-national corporation is relying on the U.S. government to feed its employees.

A Guide to Black Friday Walmart Strikes

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Steven Mikulan: Walmart is ordering in armies of its underpaid employees to work on a night they have traditionally enjoyed as a holiday. But the only tradition this company respects is that of making money on the backs of its mistreated “associates.”

Bill, Not Big Bird, to the Rescue

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Brent Budowsky: Obama should tell his story, and offer his narrative, about why people’s lives have gotten better in the first Obama term, which they have, and will get even better in a second Obama term, which they will.

Obama’s Debate Mission

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Brent Budowsky: Obama does recognize the pain that afflicts too many Americans, but he should also be the champion of an agenda of optimism, aspiration and achievement that will be the hallmark of a second Obama term.

Walmart Dodges African “Blood Minerals” Rule

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t must have seemed like a good idea at the time, when Senators Chris Dodd and Barney Frank drew up the landmark regulatory bill that bears their names. One of its lesser-known provisions required U.S. companies to list the inclusion of any “conflict minerals,” mined in or near the violence-plagued Democratic Republic of the Congo, [...]

What the Walmart Whistleblower Said

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Bobbi Murray: Walmart de Mexico (called “Walmex”—no kidding) was alleged to have spread around $24 million or so in bribes to make sure Walmart’s presence there expanded at a rate that eclipsed the competition.

Duped By the Freedom Ploy

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Charles Hayes: Any country that cannot generate enough goodwill to see that everyone has access to adequate medical care should be embarrassed to refer to itself as the greatest country on earth.

Eat at BJ’s

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Steve Hochstadt: The lesson for all of us is that we do better for ourselves and our communities if we patronize small businesses and use local tax dollars to encourage local entrepreneurs, not big boxes.

Latina Moms in the 2012 Election

Victoria DeFrancesco Soto: Mamás will be a particularly important electorate for President Obama. While women across the board approve of the President at higher rates than men, the President’s approval is strongest among Latinas.

Is Walmart the Cure for Homesickness?

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Susan J. Matt: While chain stores, the internet, and cell phones may be the next best thing to being there, they are not the same as being there.

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