The Raw Story | Is Wal-Mart crossing the legal line with anti-Democratic campaign?
Executives at the nation’s largest retailer, Wal-Mart, are all-but urging their employees to vote Republican this November, fearing that a Barack Obama presidency combined with Democratic gains in the Senate could spell doom for their anti-union business model.
The Wall Street Journal reports Friday that company executives are forcing store managers and department heads into mandatory meetings where they are warned that Democratic victories would make it easier for unions to organize in their stores. The retail giant has responded to previous attempts to unionize by eliminating departments or shutting down stores.
Wal-Mart opposes proposed legislation called the Employee Free Choice Act, which would make it easier for workers to unionize by signing a card rather than holding a vote.
The Journal spoke to a dozen employees in seven states who attended meetings with Wal-Mart human resources managers who delivered the company’s anti-union line, warning that “unionized stores would have to pay hefty union dues while getting nothing in return, and may have to go on strike without compensation.”
While the company insists it is not telling employees how to vote, some who attended scoff at the notion.
“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,'” a Wal-Mart customer-service supervisor from Missouri told the paper. “I am not a stupid person. They were telling me how to vote,” she said.
Such actions put the company on a “fine legal line,” according to the report.