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One more reason to not shop Wal*Mart

Reported by Chrish - August 1, 2008 -

FOX and Friends had a brief "headlines" article this morning 8/1/08 on WalMart advising its employees against voting for Democrats because of the possibility of (gasp!) unions, which would ruin their lives. There was no discussion or debate, just a recitation of "facts" as presented by WalMart empirical rulers executives.

Steve Doocy reported that

WalMart is reportedly holding meetings with employees to warn that if Democrats win the election, federal laws will be changed to make it easier to unionize private companies. Executives claim that if stores are unionized, employees would have to pay union dues and go out on strike without pay. It could also mean fewer jobs as labor costs rise.

Human resources personnel don't tell employees how to vote, but tell them if Democrats win, the bill would probably pass and the employees would not have a vote on whether or not they wanted to unionize.

Grrrr, this makes me so angry. Talk about scare tactics and inappropriate electioneering! A topic like this really warrants discussion, with SOMEone hollering about 1.) how inappropriate this is and 2.) what a load of crap it is. But leave it to FOX to report it without embellishment, since as is it already suits their agenda perfectly - don't vote for Democrats. In this case there's no need for anything other than amplification.

The FOX website article (taken from sister Murdoch company Wall Street Journal) elaborated a little:

“The meeting leader said, ‘I am not telling you how to vote, but if the Democrats win, this bill will pass and you won’t have a vote on whether you want a union,’” said a Wal-Mart customer-service supervisor from Missouri. “I am not a stupid person. They were telling me how to vote,” she said.

Perhaps this will backfire and give Wal*Mart employees HOPE that Obama will bring CHANGE and they'll get health benefits and paid for all hours worked. Being part of the working class does not automatically make one stupid.

The WSJ article goes into much greater detail about the legislation referenced and other companies that are fighting "to protect their employees" to retain their power structure, but all the Friends saw fit to tell their audience was a recitation of Wal*Mart management talking points.