Wednesday, April 06, 2005

Wal-Mart makes their image worse

By lashing out at critics who bemoan Wal-Mart's practices of crushing unions...,

In at least 10 cases, the National Labor Relations Board has ruled that Wal-Mart broke the law by interrogating workers, confiscating union literature and firing union supporters. Last month, Wal-Mart said it would close a store in Quebec, where 200 workers were close to winning a union contract.

knowingly hiring illegal immigrants...

Last month, Wal-Mart agreed to pay an $11 million fine for using an estimated 345 illegal immigrants as contract janitors in its stores. While the fine ended the federal investigation, the chain still faces a class-action lawsuit on behalf of undocumented contract workers who say the company underpaid them.

and controlling supplier prices - Wal-Mart has further tarnished its already poor public image.

This comes only months after the retail giant announced its intentions to complete three of its supercenter stores in the immediate Twin Cities metro but also after they were forced to scrap plans to build a store in Ham Lake in the north Twin Cities metro.

Anti-sprawl advocates as well as ultra-tough zoning laws may very well quell their attempts at expansion in the suburbs but I am now thinking of applying for a job at the local Hell-Mart just to fan the flames and see what it is like on the inside as, so far, I am only an outside obeserver.

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