Walmart

In the United States, Walmart is the largest employer but at what cost? 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

Feeding the Hand That Bites Us

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John MacMurray: If more of us vote with our wallets, and tell the ALEC companies and the right wing actors and the banks that we’re no longer paying them to ruin our air, our water, our standard of living, and our kids’ futures or to support people who do these things—we may get some actual progress toward a better life for us all.

Walmart: Welfare Queen

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Walmart Food Stamps: The next time a conservative drones on about “entitlements”, remind them that Walmart survives on food stamps

Skip the Shopping Line; Spend Black Friday on the Picket Line

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Rebecca Band: On Black Friday (November 29th) Walmart workers and supporters are once again holding a massive day of action at the retail giant’s locations around the country, asking the country’s largest employer to pay its workers a living wage.

Walmart Workers: TGI Black Friday

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Peter Dreier: The Black Friday rallies and demonstrations represent a dramatic escalation of the growing protest movement among employees of America’s largest private employer.

Walmart’s Idea of Thanksgiving Charity

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Jim Hightower: This corporate colossus, with an annual income greater than 140 countries, wants its poorly-paid employees to buy food for fellow employees whose paychecks leave them in deep poverty.

How to Support Walmart Workers This Holiday Season

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Aiha Nguyen: Wish a Happy Thanksgiving to your local Walmart workers by standing in solidarity with them for their rights to a better workplace and better wages!

Labor Board Sides With Workers: Walmart Can’t Silence Employees Any Longer

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Peter Dreier: A landmark ruling by the National Labor Relations Board says Walmart unlawfully harassed and fired employees for protesting.

LA Times Gives Walmart Protests a Pass

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Peter Dreier: If you want to learn how thousands of Walmart’s poverty-wage workers in the region will be coping with this year’s holiday season, don’t look for it in Los Angeles’ paper of record.

Walmart Civil Disobedience Planned for Today

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Steve Mikulan: This Thursday the community coalition that opposed Walmart’s original entry into the historic neighborhood will be demonstrating against the mega-chain’s continued abuse of its low-paid employees.

Will Walmart Kill Chinatown?

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Steven Mikulan: Walmart’s potentially devastating impact on more than 30 mom and pops will have “a ripple effect” in Walmart, leaving many boarded-up stores that will scare off investors and tourists alike.

Walmart Workers Fight Poverty: A Cashier’s Story

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eptember’s shaping up to be another tough month for Martha Sellers. The Walmart cashier cleared $732 on her last twice-monthly paycheck but hasn’t paid this month’s $700 rent on her place in Bellflower. When she does, she’ll have to decide how much of the remaining $32 will be divided between food and gas to get [...]

How Dare D.C Demand Fair Wages from Walmart!

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Jim Hightower: This Mother Teresa of Global Retailing is now wailing that its generosity has been spurned by an impudent city council that says it’s not interested in corporate pretensions of “charity,” but in tangible fairness.

Alicia Keys Should Get a Divorce — From Walmart

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Peter Dreir: Walmart invites big-name celebrities not only to entertain the shareholders but also to lend legitimacy to the company, which for years has been the target of substantial criticism from human rights groups, environmentalists, women’s and immigrant rights activists, unions, small business organizations, and many others.

From Goldman Sachs to Walmart to Urasawa: A NYT Trifecta

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Steven Mikulan: Has the New York Times turned into a latter-day Daily Worker, or are labor conditions in America becoming so bad that even the national paper of record is demanding social justice?

How Taxpayers Foot Walmart’s Bills

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Allison Mannos: Walmart’s expansion strategy for Los Angeles and other urban areas has been to avoid public oversight by choosing real estate that doesn’t require public review – and, where possible, to secure public subsidies, often with little public scrutiny.

Women Leaders: Make Closing Walmart Loophole Top Priority

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Sara Flocks: Today in Sacramento, women leaders in the legislature came together with women workers and California NOW to declare protecting women’s health by passing AB 880 a top priority for women this year.

Walmart’s War Against Unions — and the U.S. Laws That Make It Possible

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Julie Gutman Dickinson: even in the context of a long national decline in union membership among American workers, it is staggering that the country’s largest employer, and one of its stingiest, has remained union free.

How Walmart Can REALLY Help Our Schools: Pay Living Wages

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Peter Dreier: The Waltons could end to the company’s longstanding practice of keeping its employees in poverty, with low wages, poor benefits, and unpredictable schedules that make parenting even harder than it already is.

Protesting Walmart: The New Freedom Riders

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Berry Craig: Called the “Ride for Respect,” the demonstration at Walmart corporate headquarters in Bentonville, Arkansas, will be modeled on civil rights volunteers who rode buses into the South in the 1960s to protest Jim Crow racial injustice.

How U.S. Policies Feed Sweatshop Fires

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Tom Hayden: It is not enough to blame the corruption of Bangladesh factory owners, nor sufficient to suggest better training and factory codes from Walmart or the Gap. It is time to ban the US sale of garments made in Bangladesh until enforceable labor codes are imposed.

Vets to Enter Walmart’s Supply Chain of Command

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Steven Mikulan: Study after study has shown Walmart to be a cutthroat employer of last resort, most of whose business innovations seem to involve new ways to save the corporation money by slashing employee hours and benefits.

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?

What Activists (Should Have) Learned in 2012

Randy Shaw: Activists are in far better spirits than one year ago. Progressives see that the public is on their side, and, unlike in the aftermath of the 2008 elections, are staying engaged in the major policy struggles that elections are supposed to be all about.

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.

After Truce, One Last Demonstration at Israeli Consulate

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Dan Bluemel: Activists concluded Black Friday with a demonstration at the Israeli consulate Friday night to express their support for the Palestinians, who suffered a week-long Israeli attack on Gaza.

“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.

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