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Source link: http://archive.mises.org/4588/the-union-conspiracy-against-wal-mart-workers/

The Union Conspiracy Against Wal-Mart Workers

January 23, 2006 by

Most of the commentary on the ongoing propaganda campaign against Wal-Mart ignores what is probably the most important aspect of it: It is primarily a labor union-inspired campaign against Wal-Mart employees, as well as the company in general. This is the essential truth of all union organizing campaigns. Historically, all of the violence, libel, and intimidation that goes along with “organizing campaigns” has been directed at competing, non-union labor, not management. FULL ARTICLE

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Allen Stevenson June 18, 2006 at 3:19 pm

Response from the Yahoo SWY board;

The whole opinion piece was poorly written and makes several false assumptions and then regards them as facts.
My Union dues were never expensive, always less than $11 a week out a check that was usually well over $800.
I retired at age 54; my wife at age 52 and our pensions gross almost $60K per year.
I think that the crooks are at WalMart, writing opinions on some obscure right wing website or posting those half-witted opinions on the SWY board.
Or maybe, you are just dumb enough to believe that crap.
I can hear old man Walton laughing in his grave.

dallen September 1, 2006 at 10:45 am

The whole point of professor DiLorenzo’s essay is to bring into light one of the major sources of anti-Wal-Mart sentiments. One thing I am surprised he did not focus on more was the efforts by Maryland’s Local 400 and Giant Food. Maryland’s Local 400 (a union) and Giant Food (one of Wal-Mart’s competitors), have been actively engaged in economic rent-seeking directed at Wal-Mart.
Six Maryland jurisdictions have passed zoning rules that make it harder, if not impossible, for Wal-Mart to open a it’s line of supercenter stores. These zoning laws were directly supported by the union and Giant Food.
The Local 400 and Giant Food also directly supported and helped implement a bill that requires companies with more than 10,000 Maryland employees to spend at least 8 percent of their payroll on employee health care or pay the difference into the state’s Medicaid fund. The problem with this is that Wal-Mart was the only company to which this bill applied.
Fortunately the bill was seen for what it was, an example of activist legislature aimed at demonizing and inflicting financial harm against Wal-mart for personal gain.
This is called rent seeking which is the process by which an organization seeks to gain through the manipulation of the market. As in many cases, this can be done by lobbying the government to impose regulations, tariffs, or taxes which unfairly benefit the lobbying organization.
I think the role of Maryland’s union in these cases is a perfect example of what professor DiLorenzo is talking about in his article. The union is trying to inflict financial pain on Wal-Mart through subversive means.

Jennifer December 18, 2006 at 10:48 am

McDonald’s horror stories abound. Here’s one that may have set a new
> world record in the serial trampling of the rights of an injured
> minority employee.
>
> Briefly, an Hispanic woman was injured while working at a McDonald’s
> in Arizona and the doctor prescribed a $1,500 outpatient procedure to
> correct her problem and get her back to work. Sounds simple. But in
> the details just revealed in this unbelievable workers’ compensation
> case in Arizona, the claim was first denied in 1997 (!) and then the
> woman, Maria Mendoza, was subjected to a gruesome cascade of abusive
> tactics by McDonald’s and its high-powered attorneys over almost ten
years.
>
> Because of delays in surgeries and treatment plus the anguish of
> dealing with the legal harassment, Maria is now permanently crippled
> and also suffers from depression. The details are incredible. Her
> future medical bills could be in the millions.
>
> The big question: Why would McDonald’s fight for so long and pay
> attorneys huge fees in this blatant case of defense bad faith,
> instead of simply helping Maria?
>
> Go to this link (www.ambroselawfirm.com), check the details and let
> everyone know if you have an answer.
>
> Unbelievable.

madmilker July 29, 2007 at 2:48 pm

America is addicted to “cheap”
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics…..
saving rate……..
1965 8.5%
1975 10.5%
1985 11%
1995 5%
2005 -0.4%
the savings rate in January 06 was a negative 0.7%…
that is, the average!
American household spent 0.7% more than it made
May 2007 it was negative 1.4%….
American household spent 1.4% more than it made………
Now………. the kicker!
the gross domestic product is attributable to consumer spending?
A whopping 70% …
Now we have the “catch 22″……….
If the American people start to save……
say 10% of their income…..

thats gonna be 10% less the consumer is gonna buy …..
which means Companies sell less……………
“UNLESS”…. Wages go up!…….
but with the all time high in Corporate profits in the past few years and a good part going to CEO’s and insiders…..
a 10% increase ain’t gonna happen soon!

SO!………retirement is out of the picture if the American people don’t save they have to keep working!
NOW……..the flip side!
we can thank Microsoft, Warren Buffet, General Motors, General Electric, Motorola, Wal-Mart, Target and Ford for pouring billions of dollars into China………………….

China saves 50% of their income!
In search of better wages and a better life,300 million Chinese peasants will move to the cities in the next 15 years. This means China must build a new city the size of Philadelphia every 30 days. China is now constructing the most advanced rapid transit system in the World.
Each year for the next 20 years, China will consume as much structural steel as would be needed to construct every building in Manhattan.
According to Professor Jeremy Siegel of the Wharton School of Business, “In the not too distant future, the economy of China will be nearly twice as large as that of the US, an equal to the combined economies of all of North America, Europe and Japan”.
Already China is the world’s largest maker of toys,clothing and consumer electronics and is swiftly moving up the ladder in car production, computer manfacturing, biotechnology and telecommunications,thanks to low-cost workers and high-tech factories.
Author Ted C. Fishman writes in China, Inc., “The Country is closing in on a 30-year run during which its economy has doubled nearly three times over. The surge has no equal in modern history. Neither Japan’s nor South Korea’s postwar booms come anywhere close.”
————-
and they say……….this growth trend is unstoppable!
————–
In 1776 a few fat farmers got together and with the penmanship of a poet wrote down on a piece of paper….
the American dream!

Now…………..young people in America……….
think $10 an hour….a ipod, computer games and flipping burgers is……………….
that American dream!

1. Wal-Mart is now Wal*Mart
2. Wal-Mart is proper English in America
3. Wal-Mart is losing business
4. Sam Walton didn’t take the hyphen out of the name.
5. Wal-Mart is “not” in Germany.
6. Wal-Mart is “not” in South Korea.
7. Wal-Mart sells cheap crap and America is addicted.
8. Wal-Mart ain’t the only store in your town.
9. Wal-Mart stock price has been “flat” for six years.
10. Wal-Mart CEO got $22 million bonus for doing nothing.
11. Wal-Mart paid pumpers can’t pump up a lead balloon.
12. Wal-Mart(1 store)takes in $500,000 to $800,000 each day.
13. Wal-Mart kite flies monies out of every town at 00:15
14. Wal-Mart sold $1.96 billion in bonds to buy back stock.
15. Wal-Mart buying back stock trying to prop price up.
16. Wal-Mart Insiders sold stock last month.
17. Wal-Mart is not a growth stock.
18. Wal-Mart has no layaway.
19. Wal-Mart has no Bank in the United States of America.
20. Wal-Mart doing something right….staying out of Manhattan.
21. Wal-Mart gonna sell another $2 billion in bonds to prop the price up but it ain’t gonna work either!
22. Wal*Mart is not Wal-Mart.
23. The ghost of Sam Walton is looking for the person that took the hyphen from the name and replaced with a big single star.
24. Project Red turned yellow in front of the SEC!
25. Having to borrow $15 billion to buy Helen’s estate shares as they are dump on the open market.
26. Wal-Mart, can not, will not, never will be,no way,never can be number #01 in anything but……….to glorify the star above their door are that person would had never put it there in the first place.

Fifty years ago…Companies went out of there way and had great admiration to the employee’s they hired. Sixty to seventy percent were covered from head to toe with insurance and most that retired carried the insurance with them.
In the late nineties all that changed for the worse when greedy a!!holes in Corporate America put the worker on hold in order for there profits to soar. Those same a!!holes are still at it today and the people that work 8 to 5 are nothing but an liability in the quest for even higher profits.
This leads me to your Company….the one with the “star” in the name. Sam’s idea was to offer the best items at the cheapest price……”always” and the Company grew hands over fist but in the meantime the American worker got the shaft.. why! greedy a!!holes looking out for the dime not their employee’s who got them there in the first place.
With not many people watching all this unfold …your Company now is the grandest of all….with one big problem.. putting the United States of America and “we the people” so far in debt and our one dollar bill worth fourteen cents.
Our government did a survey back in the fifties on towns and found……..that the dollar bill floated around the town seven to eight times before leaving……hence…putting the dollar to work! This all changed when the Corporate a!!holes came up with new ways to grow….do away with the blue law and kite flying money.
Now …you can harp on the fact that this Company is good for America and at one time you were right but from the late nineties until now it has become an arbutus on this great Countries back.
The American people are addicted to cheap crap….they are spending 1.5% more than they make and add to this the nincompoops in D. C. with all the lobbyist and special interest groups from sea to sea…..you now have a Country floating in a river of “red” and the Federal Reserve making statements that our GDP grew at 3..point so!
What they fail to say …is the consumer makes up 70% of the GDP and if it grew at that rate….Mr John Doe went farther in debt but that is exactly what the Private Bank likes… Thomas Jefferson can contest of that.
* If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation then by deflation, the banks and the corporations will grow up around them, will deprive the people of all property until their children wake up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered. The issuing power should be taken from the banks and restored to the people, to whom it properly belongs.
o Thomas Jefferson, The Debate Over The Recharter Of The Bank Bill, (1809)

Bashing this Company and our government is what I do and until the “we the people” wakeup with the power to change the direction I will continue to do so!
Sam Walton knew proper English and Wal*Mart is not proper but it has a underline meaning for the whole World to see and if a person like Hillary can see it….it has to stick out like a sore thumb.
This government is ran by “we the people”…..stop thinking the pen in your hand ain’t worth $0.25 cents because….
that pen marking a voting ballot is worth more money than you will ever park in a bank.

finally start making a profit after January 01, 2008.
China will demand being paid in (coins)penny’s and nickels after that date because of the big fall in the US (paper) dollar.
Having decrease down to an all time low of $0.14 cents has put all the overseas Countries playing defense. The penny and nickel have increase all most double in price because of their metal content.
Hence……the return of the containers that have been stacking up 10 stories high on the East and West Coast will be used in the transfer of the currency.
It’s gonna be a big surge of profits for the Chinese government to swallow but with the 11% growth a little more can’t hurt that much.
With the new law in America…the American people can’t melt the coins down for the content but China can….so! they melt the coins and exchange for euro’s, dinar’s, ruble’s, peso’s, colon’s, yen’s are even franc’s but not one paper US dollar cause they only worth $0.14 “red” cents.
Oh!
1 penny is worth $0.014 cents
1 nickel is worth $0.057 cents
Plus China gets a bonus in the fact of killing two birds in one “BUSH”……keep some of the copper and nickel and cut back on imports!
Dang!
that little 4ft lady has got a head full of cents…oooops!
sense and gonna make the US look like they have none….!!!
oh well….guess thats what all the nincompoops in D. C. get for dealing with greedy a!!holes in Corporate America and the Wall Street private bank they call Federal Reserve.

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JACK November 13, 2008 at 4:44 pm

Essentially the argument of this essay is to defend Walmart by (a) resorting to abstraction and theory rather than fact and evidence and (b) highlight how unions in practice often are bad for employees, without highlighting the theoretical possibility that unions could also be good for employees in certain circumstances.

Interesting post in terms of strategy. As of substance, it does nothing to remove the cloud of ideology. Some of us — shock, I know! — don’t have concerns about Walmart because we are ideologically wedded to some socialist ideology. We have concerns about Walmart because we look at what they do. It is precisely in face of these concerns that a myopic economist’s argument from theory and ideology doesn’t advance things closer to the truth.

Is it so hard to admit the possibility that there are bad acts and good acts possible by unions and Walmart, and so the matter deserves investigation and analysis and not more ideological clap-trap and rhetoric?

I might think it is best for children to be raised by their biological parents because I have a believe that, generally, those people are going to be most likely to love the child unconditionally. But if I get reports of a specific parent abusing specific children, I’m not going to let my attachment to that general belief about parents prevent me from investigating the matter…

JACK November 13, 2008 at 4:50 pm

And just so it is clear: I grew up in a UAW household. No one need educate me (or my father UAW member) on how unions too often are out for themselves and not their membership.

The reality is that unions are not bad nor good. They are a tool that can be used well or poorly. Just like capitalism.

JACK November 13, 2008 at 4:50 pm

And just so it is clear: I grew up in a UAW household. No one need educate me (or my father UAW member) on how unions too often are out for themselves and not their membership.

The reality is that unions are not bad nor good. They are a tool that can be used well or poorly. Just like capitalism.

Adam Kaley January 5, 2009 at 11:37 am

If wal-mart workers were in control of the entire wal-mart union then they would bost prices to get a higher pay. and wal-mart being one of the higest selling compinaies in the wolrd millions of americans would be upset at the high prices.

Adam Kaley January 5, 2009 at 11:40 am

If wal-mart workers were in control of the entire wal-mart union then they would bost prices to get a higher pay. and wal-mart being one of the higest selling compinaies in the wolrd millions of americans would be upset at the high prices.

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