Friday :: Aug 1, 2008

Wal-Mart Spreading Anti-Obama Sentiment

by Jeff Dinelli

Wal-Mart has defined the Enemy, and its name is Barack Obama.

All across the country, the retail giant's individual stores have been calling in managers and supervisors to mandatory meetings and instructing them to spread the word: If Dems take November, you're all screwed. Your workers will be unionized, and you know what that means. You'll be forced to join a union, pay dues that lead to nothing, and....Oh The HORROR....we will have to start paying you more and giving you good health insurance!

Wal-Mart officials are shocked by this Wall Street Journal article today. They would never tell their employees how to vote!

"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.

I'm no lawyer, though I may need one, if anyone has a good recommendation in the Chicagoland area, but this seems illegal. Supervisors are hourly employees, not stock market holders. In essence, Wal-Mart's freaking out at the potential Employee Free Choice Act. The WSJ explains:

The bill was crafted by labor as a response to more aggressive opposition by companies to union-organizing activity. The AFL-CIO and individual unions such as the United Food and Commercial Workers have promised to make passage of the new labor law their No. 1 mission after the November election.

First introduced in 2003, the bill came to a vote last year and sailed through the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives, but was blocked by a filibuster in the Senate and faced a veto threat by the White House. The bill was taken off the floor, and its backers pledged to reintroduce it when they could get more support.

The November election could bring that extra support in Congress, as well as the White House if Sen. Obama is elected and Democrats extend their control in the Senate. Sen. Obama co-sponsored the legislation, which also is known as “card check,” and has said several times he would sign it into law if elected president. Sen. John McCain, the likely Republican presidential nominee, opposes the Employee Free Choice Act and voted against it last year.

If you can somehow manage to boycott these stores (but the groceries are so cheap!!) you'll be able to cash in on some Good Karma someday. I mean, just how evil can this organization get??

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