Friday, August 01, 2008

WalMart Says Don’t Vote For Democrats

In something that borders on criminal violation of federal election laws, WalMart executives are disseminating the company line on how their 1.4 million employees should vote this fall. In a word, WalMart is telling their massive employee base not to vote for Democrats this year.

Now it’s OK for WalMart to disseminate its opinion to its workers with regard to certain specific candidates or positions, but only to salaried employees, and never to its hourly waged worker bees that make up the bulk of its payroll.

But that’s not happening. Workers are being told what will happen if Democrats get elected this fall. WalMart, which is already renowned for its institutionalized employee intimidation practices, is telling its employees that if they vote for Democrats this fall, it could very well impact their jobs.

From the Wall Street Journal, who broke this story:

“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.”
The bill in question is the Employee Free Choice Act, a Democratically sponsored bill that would make it much easier for unions to organize. WalMart, which is universally recognized as being anti-union, is telling their employees that if Democrats elect a president and increase its Senate strength, the EFCA will become the law of the land, and this, WalMart executive say, will be bad for workers.

“Wal-Mart executives claim that employees at unionized stores would have to pay hefty union dues while getting nothing in return, and may have to go on strike without compensation. Also, unionization could mean fewer jobs as labor costs rise.”
Now, as a matter of course, I do not shop at WalMart. Not only because of their poor treatment of their employees, but also because they nearly single-handedly contribute to America’s trade imbalance with the People’s Republic of China, whose substandard goods fill their stores’ shelves.

But now I am moved to exhort my six readers, or anyone who lands here while looking for pornography or pictures of Krishna, to do their patriotic duty and avoid spending a single American red cent at WalMart and Sam’s Club. Not shopping there is a patriotic act just as important as not drinking English tea in 1770. Send a message to WalMart fat cats that Americans are fed up with these tactics of fear and oppression of the workers.

Say NO to WalMart’s products and services, and say YES to voting a straight Democratic ticket this November.

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