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  •  It started with butchers in TX (25+ / 0-)

    Butchers cut out of Wal-Mart stores. In February 2000, ten employees of the Wal-Mart meat department in a
    Jacksonville, Texas store elected United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) as their union. Wal-Mart immediately
    ended their entire network of in-store butcher departments. The company refused to recognize and negotiate with the
    meat cutters union, and instead traded the work of experienced employees for the convenience of pre-cut and prepackaged
    meats. [Occupational Health & Safety, 3/16/08]
    The Employee Free Choice Act: Wal-Mart’s Last Stand Against

    •  Unions Need To Make Deals With Teamsters (14+ / 0-)

      The Unions representing Wal-Mart workers or workers who wish to form unions need to make deals with the Teamsters including financial remuneration for the Teamsters support becaiuse once Walmart and others figure they cannot move their goods into the stores-they will crater.

      What the U.S. and the world for that matter need to create collective bargaining leverage through unions and any other group. Except this time-make the unions far more local with strict anti corruption rules.

      These companies like Walmart whose founding family is woth 50-80 billion while their workers are starving, are so vulnerable. Why cant these companies adopt a Costco model or over here in London, the John Lewis model, where the workers and executives own the company guaranteeing pride in their work, knowing they have a vested interest.

      This runaway capitalism has destroyed the owners' souls and so what if the Walton family only has 10-20 billion but with the knowledge their company is giving dignity and livelihoods to millions should more than make up for any decrease in their worth.

      Otherwise, there will no longer be a reason to adhere to common decency and we will go back to barbaric times. Forget this fiscal cliff bullshit; we are at the moral cliff where human dignity and humane values can be lost forever.

    •  I remember that (4+ / 0-)

      my mom used to shop at Walmart because they had in store butchers to cut steaks or roasts as she wanted, she had to stop buying the meat.It was terrible after the change, I think they were using pink slime before I knew what pink slime was.

    •  i wish Walmart would get rid of (1+ / 0-)
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      All the grocery stuff. Especially the fresh stuff.

      I try to go to Redners as much as possible. It's an employee owned local chain, and they tend to carry local produce when at all possible. They also carry smaller bags of potatoes, which is good for me because we don't eat that many potatoes and the bigger bags never get used up.

      They're a little smaller, have some good deals, good meats, and did I mention they're local and employee owned?

      I hate Walmart. I go as seldom as possible. Which is pretty seldom.

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