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Old 08-03-2008, 01:58 PM   #21
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Wal Mart Tells Employees Vote for McCain... or else!


August 1, 2008 at 1:19 PM EDT

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. [WMT-N] , the world's largest retailer, denied a report Friday that it had pressured employees to vote against Democrats in November because of worries that a bill the party supports would make it easier for workers to unionize.

The measure, called the Employee Free Choice Act, would allow labour organizations to unionize workplaces without secret ballot elections. It was co-sponsored by Barack Obama, the presumed Democratic presidential candidate, and opposed by John McCain, the presumed Republican nominee.

A report in The Wall Street Journal said the Bentonville, Ark.-based discounter — which has rigorously resisted being unionized — had held mandatory meetings with store managers and department supervisors in recent weeks to warn that if Democrats take power in November, they would likely push through the bill, which the company says would hurt workers.

Wal-Mart spokesman Dave Tovar told The Associated Press that the company did discuss the bill with its employees, including what it sees as the negative impact, and noted that the company's stand on the legislation is no secret.

Wal-Mart "We believe the Employee Free Choice Act is a bad bill and we have been on the record as opposed to it," he said.

But he said the company wasn't advocating that its employees vote against backers of the legislation.

"If anyone representing Wal-Mart gave the impression... they are wrong and acting without approval," said Mr. Tovar. In fact, he said that Wal-Mart has been working with both Republicans and Democrats.

"Half of our (political action committee) contributions are to members of each party," Mr. Tovar said. "We regularly educate our associates on issues which impact our company, and this is an example of that."

The Wall Street Journal cited about a dozen unidentified Wal-Mart employees who had attended such meetings in seven states as saying they were told that employees at unionized shops would have to pay big union dues while not receiving any benefits in return.

Furthermore, workers said they were told that unionization would mean job losses as costs rise, according to the report. The report said the Wal-Mart human resource managers who held the meetings didn't specifically tell the employees how to vote, but made it clear that an Obama victory would mean unionization.

Wal-Mart Watch, a union-backed group that has criticized the company for what it calls skimpy pay and benefits and poor treatment of its workers, said in a statement that the article "demonstrates once again that Wal-Mart intimidates its workers." The group, which supplied some of the sources to The Wall Street Journal, said the stories cited in the article are "consistent" with numerous reports it has received in the past week.

The development deals a blow to Wal-Mart's reputation just as the company has started seeing its image improve and criticism diminish as it works to improve benefits and push through its "Save money, live better" campaign.

In a session with reporters after the company's annual shareholders meeting in June, Wal-Mart President and CEO Lee Scott said Wal-Mart was comfortable working with either presidential candidate. In the past, Wal-Mart had lined up with the Republicans. But the company's message of environmental sustainability, its program to offer $4 prescription drugs and improved benefits for workers helped move the company to the political centre.

"We stand ready to work with the new Congress and whoever is elected (president)," Mr. Tovar said Friday.

Gotta love this. If i were a walmart employee this would make me want to vote for Obama!

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Old 08-03-2008, 02:42 PM   #22
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it all sounds awfully clumsy
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How were they planning on making sure everyone voted for Mccain?
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Old 08-03-2008, 07:30 PM   #24
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How could a chain store get away with something that stupid and how could something like that be traced anyway? It's a stupid thought and story! I'm so sure!
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Old 08-03-2008, 07:38 PM   #25
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We have a Sam's Club and Wal-Mart. I've not shopped at Wal-Mart since years ago 20/20 did a story on them lying about carrying only American made products. I can't even stand driving by Wal-Mart stores. I stopped in the parking lot of a Wal Mart store while on a road trip once (I forget what for) and couldn't wait to get out of there. And now Martha Stewart is pushing her stuff at Wal-Mart. THAT makes me sick too!
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Old 08-04-2008, 10:24 AM   #26
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It's kind of scary that Walmart involves itself in the political process. They are a retailing chain. Nothing more. It is up to the American people to vote as they choose.
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Why was this thread moved????
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Old 08-05-2008, 04:52 PM   #28
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Originally Posted by Harry Vest View Post
Why was this thread moved????
I was thinking the same thing! Whatever.
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Old 08-05-2008, 05:14 PM   #29
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It wasn't moved; it was merged into the other active Wal-Mart thread, in which the story bonoman posted had already been posted.

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