Archive for the ‘unions’ Category

Wal-Mart wages

December 17, 2006

Wal-Mart pays an average of $10 an hour, which is more than many of its unionized competitors offer. And typically when a new Wal-Mart store opens in a poor area, it receives thousands of job applications for a few hundred openings. So Wal-Mart’s retail jobs of $7 to $12 an hour, which the unions deride as “poverty wages,” are actually in high demand.

Wal-Mart versus unions

December 17, 2006

Some former Wal-Mart managers say the hardball tactics are standard company policy. Jon M. Lehman says he left Wal-Mart on good terms last fall after 17 years as a store manager but now works for the UFCW. He recounts how he called a Bentonville hotline in 1997 after finding a flyer that said: “This store needs a union” in a bathroom at the store he managed in Hillview, Ky.

The response was a mini version of what occurred in Las Vegas four years later. Three labor experts swooped in from Arkansas to show anti-union videos at mandatory employee meetings, says Lehman, and scoured personnel files for dirt to use against union supporters. The labor experts grilled him and other Hillview managers about potential troublemakers, and the store trained surveillance cameras on suspect workers, he says. Now, as a union organizer, he recently noticed that a store in Scottsburg, Ind., sprouted a multitude of cameras after he began talking to workers there in July. Wal-Mart declined comment on Lehman, although a spokesman says that the 15 cameras installed in Scottsburg have “nothing to do with union activity.”

Wow, one piece of paper and one phone call seemingly caused Wal-Mart to spend thousands of dollars.

Wal-Mart versus “union leaders”

December 17, 2006

Here are some quotes from
I wanted to save them here for historical purposes.

What’s At Stake

Working families choose to shop at their neighborhood Wal-Mart stores to save money, save time and to get everything they need in one convenient place. And associates choose to work at Wal-Mart because it offers good wages, solid benefits and a chance at a career. But some union leaders in Washington, D.C. don’t want working families to benefit from Wal-Mart. These union leaders want to tell us — America’s working families — where to shop and work.

The attack campaign waged on Wal-Mart by union leaders has one central goal: to unionize Wal-Mart’s workforce. Though they claim to want to help Wal-Mart become a better company, organizing the company’s 1.3 million U.S. associates, and collecting the millions of dollars in dues that would come along with such organization, is the sole motivation of these critics. That’s why they’re going after this company. With tens of millions of dollars at their disposal, they are determined to waste member dues to attack Wal-Mart. And they’re doing so while thousands of union jobs are disappearing and while union members shop at Wal-Mart in large numbers to save money. That’s wrong.

Despite this barrage of criticism, working families everywhere know what the unions won’t acknowledge: Wal-Mart is good for America’s working families. Working families continue to shop at Wal-Mart and line up by the thousands for jobs at Wal-Mart stores because Wal-Mart continues to save working families money and provide good jobs with competitive pay and affordable health care. It really is time for the union leaders to let working families decide where to shop and work.

Wal-Mart also brings much-needed jobs to America’s communities, affordable health care to American families, and generous donations to charities across the country.