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.

Here’s a Tip–Tips Not Always Tips

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Sylvia Allegretto: As a former waiter and bartender of seven years, I’m always a bit miffed that the sub-minimum wage paid to tipped workers has been all but forgotten.

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.

An Exploitation Tax Is Past Due

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Charles D. Hayes: Many full-time employees of some of America’s largest employers need government assistance, including food stamps. Guess who picks up the tab?

Why Austerity Economics Hurts Low-Wage Workers the Most

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Robert Reich: encouraged by the economic recovery and perhaps also by the election returns, low-wage workers have started to organize.

Occupy, Wal Mart Strikes, and the Contagion of Solidarity

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Mark Naison: The only weapon working people have against the power of concentrated wealth is a contagion of Solidarity.

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.

“Shared Sacrifice” at Hostess and Walmart That Isn’t

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Julie Driscoll: In the “real people” world (not the “corporations are people” world, but the people people world), running up debt prior to filing for bankruptcy would likely be considered fraud.

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.”

Boycott Black Friday: Walmart Edition

Lauren Windsor: Apparently the good life does not extend to Wal-Mart’s workers–half of the company’s one-million American hourly employees earn less than $10 per hour.

Taxpayers Should Stop Subsidizing Wal-Mart

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Tina Dupuy: Bachmann and the tea party are like a 30-year-old who lives comfortably in the family home while railing against parental tyranny and bemoaning the mediocrity of the meals his mother cooks.

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.

Brooklyn Tells Walmart to “Talk to the Hand”

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Allison Mannos: Activists in L.A. can take heart from the recent turn of events in Brooklyn, New York, where a fight raged for two years against Walmart.

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, [...]

Walmart in Altadena: Fact or Fantasy

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Help take Altadena back. Say NO! to Walmart.

Wal-Fare Benefits: Facts About Walmart Employee Plans

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Bobbi Murray: Walmart has repeatedly come under fire from labor and community groups, as well as states, for promoting a health care structure that encouraged employee reliance on Medicaid.

Walmart Gets Jeffersonian on ALEC, Freezes Membership

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Bobbi Murray: Walmart is well-equipped to forge ahead despite scandal and without ALEC, tidily attending to image-protection and lobbying chores on its own. The company, after all, has carefully worked Washington circles over the last decade.

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.

Most Read Led by Jasmyne Cannick’s “White Feminists Don’t Care about Black Women”

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This week’s top 10 most read was led by Jasmyne Cannick’s White Feminists Don’t Care about Black Women, which points out how major liberal feminist organizations were slow in chastizing local radio hosts when they called Whitney Houston a “crack ho.”

Occupy and Organized Labor: Dare to Struggle, Dare to Win

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Mark Naison: If I dare to dream, I can see where this collaboration between Occupy and Labor might lead—to the unionization of Wal-Mart, to the unionization of McDonalds, to the unionization of financial services workers in the nation’s largest banks.

Walmart Trying to Open First LA Grocery Store, Major Fight Looms

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LAANE: Small business leaders have expressed serious concerns about Walmart’s impact on existing businesses, while opponents have long maintained that Walmart’s entry into the grocery industry would create a race to the bottom

Walmart in Chinatown: There Goes the Neighborhood

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Aiha Nguyen: LA’s Chinatown is built on small business and Walmart would be in direct competition with the local markets and shops that already serve the local population.

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.

Wal-Mart Heiress Opens Lavish Art Museum As Company Cuts Worker Health Care

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Randy Shaw: Alice Walton and her family have earned riches by denying workers adequate benefits and living wages. What the museum really needs is a large painting of a Wal-Mart worker suffering from unmet health problems,

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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