Always Low Morals: Wal-Mart pressures employees to vote Republican

Posted: August 2, 2008 in america, freedom, lies, politics, voting
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Like we didn’t see this coming…

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Wal-Mart Stores Inc (WMT.N: Quote, Profile, Research) 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.

The Journal said Wal-Mart human-resources managers who run the meetings do not specifically tell attendees how to vote in November’s presidential election, but they make it clear that voting for Obama would be tantamount to inviting unions in.

“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.  (Reuters, 1 Aug 08)

Wal-Mart, of course, is well known both for its anti-union activities and its lack of support for workers’ rights, so this comes as no surprise to anyone.  It’s also one of the nation’s largest employers, so for them to raise the specter of layoffs and personnel cuts during a time of economic uncertainty is tantamount to extortion.

The fact is, with or without unionization, Wal-Mart will continue to rake it in.  They just won’t be able to do it by exploiting their employees the way they have in recent years.

Always low morals, always Wal-Mart.

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