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smiley.gif When Wal-Mart employees stand up for themselves and try to form a union, they face threats, propaganda, discrimination, intimidation, and even firings in retaliation. As the word’s largest employer, the company’s abysmal labor standards and aggressive interference with its employees’ democratic right to form unions has a hand in legitimizing the widespread use of this behavior.



New York Times: FEC should investigate Wal-Mart
August 20, 2008
The New York Times has called on the Federal Elections Commission to investigate Wal-Mart for illegally telling its workers how to vote.  Wal-Mart has reportedly been “educating” its employees about the Employee Free Choice Act and intimidating its workers into voting for candidates who oppose the legislation:
The Wall Street Journal reported that thousands of Wal-Mart store managers and department heads had been called to mandatory meetings and told that if Democrats won in November they would likely pass a law to make it easier to unionize companies. According to The Journal, Wal-Mart executives warned that could force the company to cut jobs, while workers would be forced to pay union dues and might have to go on strike.
American Rights at Work, the AFL-CIO, Change to Win, and WakeUpWalmart.com filed a formal complaint with the FEC, because in holding these meetings, Wal-Mart may have broken election law. 
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Video: 60,000 Ask FEC to Investigate Wal-Mart's Electioneering
August 14, 2008

American Rights at Work hand-delivered a complaint and petition to the Federal Election Commission (FEC), asking the FEC to open an investigation into Wal-Mart’s attempt to influence its employees’ votes in the November election.

Outraged over news reports that Wal-Mart told employees to vote against candidates who support the Employee Free Choice Act, more than 60,000 people signed the petition, which was delivered along with a formal complaint filed by American Rights at Work, the AFL-CIO, Change to Win, and WakeUpWalmart.com.

Covering our complaint today were the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, Boston Globe, NPR, Reuters, and Bloomberg News.

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FEC Complaint against Wal-Mart
August 14, 2008

American Rights at Work, the AFL-CIO, Change to Win, and WakeUpWalmart.com filed a formal complaint with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) calling for investigations into Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.'s unlawful corporate expenditures on electioneering and unionbusting in the workplace. 

The complaint contends that Wal-Mart made "prohibited corporate expenditures by expressly advocating against Senator Obama's election to employees who were not in its restricted class." Further, the complainants request that "the Commission immediately open an investigation to determine whether a violation occurred and, if so, to take all appropriate steps to remedy that violation of federal election law."

Click "read more" to see the complaint, or download the PDF now.

Read this document on Scribd: FEC Complaint Against Wal-Mart
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Wal-Mart Mobilizing against the Employee Free Choice Act
August 01, 2008

Wal-Mart is now organizing its store supervisors against Democrats and other candidates who support the Employee Free Choice Act.  According to the Wall-Street Journal:

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is mobilizing its store managers and department supervisors around the country to warn that if Democrats win power in November, they'll likely change federal law to make it easier for workers to unionize companies -- including Wal-Mart.

Unfortunately for Wal-Mart workers, this intimidation is nothing new.  It's actually part and parcel for Wal-Mart's  business plan.  When Wal-Mart employees stand up for themselves and try to form a union, they face threats, propaganda, discrimination, intimidation, and even firings in retaliation. 

» Learn More about Wal-Mart's "mobilization"

 
Critiquing Wal-Mart's Unsustainable Business Model
October 01, 2007

Exposing the harmful impact of Wal-Mart's low-cost, low-price business model is the subject of the recently released report "Wal-Mart's Sustainability Initiative: A Civil Society Critique."  Twenty-three organizations, including American Rights at Work, reveal how the big box retailer's business model undermines the environment, communities, and workers.

» View a press release
» Check out our contribution to the report (PDF)
» Download the whole report  (PDF)

 
Checking Out: The Rise of Wal-Mart and the Fall of Middle Class Retailing Jobs
April 30, 2007

Erin Johansson examines the labor standards at Wal-Mart, including the poor compensation, difficult working conditions, and most importantly, the company’s ability to remain union-free, which is primarily the result of a companywide strategy to prevent and quash union efforts.  Checking Out illustrates the devastating toll on workers and their communities as wages and benefits are slashed and once secure jobs are lost; the retail giant threatens to wipe out middle-class jobs and the American dream as we know it.

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