There are so many reasons to spend your shopping dollars anywhere … that’s pretty much anywhere … else than Wal-Mart. We’ve talked about some of them before, but today we’re gonna talk about the latest and greatest: Wal-Mart is telling its employees how to vote. This story broke on August 1, when the Wall Street Journal printed this article: Wal-Mart Warns of Democratic Win. Here’s an excerpt:
The Wal-Mart human-resources managers who run the meetings don’t specifically tell attendees how to vote in November’s election, but make it clear that voting for Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama would be tantamount to inviting unions in, according to Wal-Mart employees who attended gatherings in Maryland, Missouri and other states.
“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,'” said a Wal-Mart customer-service supervisor from Missouri. “I am not a stupid person. They were telling me how to vote,” she said.
The Journal then reported yesterday, August 14, that labor groups have filed a complaint with the FEC over Wal-Mart’s actions in these meetings as companies aren’t allowed to expressly support or reject a specific candidate to hourly employees. From The WSJ:
Legal experts said election-law complaints against employers are rare but that the complaint against Wal-Mart merits consideration. “I think it’s going to be a case that the FEC is going to have to take seriously,” said Joseph M. Birkenstock, a Washington attorney specializing in election law. The key to the case will be “exactly what was said” at meetings, he said.
In the “exactly what was said” category, Wal-Mart has opened itself up to further accusations as they apparently spread misinformation in these meetings, as well. The WSJ reports that Wal-Mart presented misinformation to the employees regarding labor law and, specifically, the Employee Free Choice Act. Essentially, Wal-Mart is scared that its employees will unionize and it is spreading fear through misinformation among its employees.
The next time you find yourself pulling into a Wal-Mart parking lot, ask yourself, “Why?”. If you have another choice, please take it. For further info on the glories of Wal-Mart, visit WakeUpWalMart.com.