Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Campaign Against Wal-Mart Evolves into High-Stakes Political Fight

Armed with the tools of a hot political campaign, opponents of Wal-Mart are launching a national attack to get the retail giant to change its business practices. Leading the fight are the Service Employees International Union and the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, creating public issues about Wal-Mart's wages, health insurance, treatment of workers and purchasing goods made outside of the U.S. The unions and Wal-Mart are spending millions and both sides are using top political strategists. Associated Press, New Orleans Times-Picayune 04/24/2006 Read Article: New Orleans Times-Picayune


GumboFilé said...

It disturbs me that a company that has been so successful at doing so much good for low income consumers is becoming a target. I can't help but believe that the root of it is envy. The unintended result, which will be ignored, will be too much harm to too many and too little benefit for too few.


Anthony Fazzio said...

But, they haven’t. We have. Wal-Mart pays substandard wages and no benefit for good labor.

You and I actually pay the benefits of all these workers in the form of social services.

And, yet in no other place on the face of the earth can a company like Wal-Mart, ExxonMobil, et al., accumulate the amount of wealth they've accumulated. They need to give back! That's American egalitarianism c.f. Thomas Paine, Agrarian Justice.

GumboFilé said...

Wal-Mart gives back every time a low income shopper saves money on a purchase, no matter where they shop. That's how much Wal-Mart has impacted retail prices.