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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.

A New Year, A New Wal-Mart?
January 08, 2009

Last month, Wal-Mart settled more than 60 wage-and-hour lawsuits and agreed to pay as much as $640 million in back wages to workers. Today, American Rights at Work published an open letter to new Wal-Mart CEO Mike Duke, agreeing that the time is ripe for a new Wal-Mart, and outlining further steps the world’s largest retailer can take to ensure its workers have a fair share in the company’s success.

These steps include ensuring workers are free to choose a union to improve their wages, benefits, and working conditions without the fear of intimidation or reprisal and ending Wal-Mart’s opposition to the Employee Free Choice Act.

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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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