January 15, 2014

Walmart treating unions like the TSA: see something, say something

 Gawker -  Occupy Wall Street has posted a set of internal Walmart documents used for training managers in the retailer's staunchly anti-union ways. Let's peek!

The documents were apparently leaked to Occupy by the online collective Anonymous, which declared a few days ago that it planned to go after Walmart for its labor practices.

They consist of two PowerPoint decks—one that dismisses the OURWalmart pro-worker movement as merely an effort by the UFCW to raise money for itself, and another that is a "Walmart Labor Relations Salaried Manager Training Module."

The company's primary argument is an old one: unions only want to organize workers in order to reap more dues. (The dues that workers would pay, by the way, are a big $5 per month.)


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Somehow this tidbit from yesterday's Guardian (1/15/14) seems to have escaped mention on this side of the pond:
http://www.theguardian.com/business/2014/jan/15/walmart-complaint-violating-rights-workers-protest

According to the article, US officials filed a formal complaint charging that Walmart violated the rights of workers involved in last year's protests and strikes against the company.

The National Labor Relations Board claims Walmart illegally fired, disciplined or threatened more than 60 employees in 14 states for participating in legally protected activities.