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Wal-Mart vs. Card-Check

August 1, 2008 - by Donny Shaw

The basic argument for the Employee Free Choice Act is that a card-check union formation system would protect workers from being intimidated by their employers. Wal-Mart seems to be strengthening the argument for the bill through the tact they’re pursuing in arguing against it.

The Wall Street Journal:

> . Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is mobilizing its store managers and department supervisors around the country to warn that if Democrats win power in November, they’ll likely change federal law to make it easier for workers to unionize companies – including Wal-Mart.
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>In recent weeks, thousands of Wal-Mart store managers and department heads have been summoned to mandatory meetings at which the retailer stresses the downside for workers if stores were to be unionized.
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>According to about a dozen Wal-Mart employees who attended such meetings in seven states, 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.
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>"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. .

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Comments

  • Nina 08/04/2008 12:09am

    Looks like Walmart has a lot on their hands. Why can’t they have a fair rule for every one?

    Nina

    Kentucky Treatment Centers

  • Anonymous 10/04/2008 8:16am

    Walmart has every right to protect its assets. Employees should be thankful they even have a job there. The real truth is most of Wal-mart’s Employees have no skills. They do a job any illegal alien can do for half the price.

  • Anonymous 01/14/2009 5:55am

    Card check is for unions only!! not for wokers if you want to keep your jobs tell the democrats to stick it, we dont want this stupid legislation.
    voting is to be kept private.

  • gtwyw0p 08/01/2011 3:14pm

    Of course once a union is formed and all the employees are unionized the legal red tape would get even more intricate. Does anyone know what would happen if a union member gets hurt on the job and the union doesn’t follow through on the behalf of the injured worker to seek full compensation like a good personal injury lawyer would?

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