Saturday, August 02, 2008

You stay classy, Wal-Mart. 


NEW YORK (Reuters) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc said on Friday it has warned U.S. store managers in recent weeks about the possible consequences of a labor-friendly bill backed by Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama that would make it easier for workers to form unions.

But the retailer, which has kept its U.S. stores free of unions, stressed it was not telling employees how to vote.

The Wall Street Journal reported that about a dozen employees who attended meetings in seven states said executives had told them that unionization could force Wal-Mart to cut jobs as labor costs rise, and that employees would have to pay hefty union dues and get nothing in return.

Believe me, Wal-Mart, the largest corporation on Earth, can afford rising labor costs. But they are notoriously cheap, even to their own executives. I guess the idea of giving employees benefits or raises in accordance with rising cost of living just terrifies them.

This is the best part, though:

"If anyone representing Wal-Mart gave the impression we were telling associates how to vote, they were wrong and acting without approval," Wal-Mart spokesman David Tovar said.

I like that. "No, we're not telling them how to vote. But we're telling them that if this one guy wins we might fire them." Honestly, is anyone fooled by this?

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