Wednesday, December 1, 2004

More on Wal-Mart

Walmart_1 A few links of interest regarding Wal-Mart's litigation and other reports on Wal-Mart.

From Frontline:

An article on Wal-Mart as a leader is establishing "employment practices"

With 1.2 million employees -- the nation's largest employer -- Wal-Mart is, in the words of historian Nelson Lichtenstein, a "template firm" for U.S. companies -- and thus has received much media scrutiny for its employment practices. Here is a closer look at the issue of Wal-Mart and unions, and a roundup of some of the charges that have been made in court against the retailer and the company's defense. Plus more on Wal-Mart's plans for becoming a "a leader in employment practices."  Is Wal-Mart a Bargain for its Workers?

Also from Frontline, Is Wal-Mart Good for America?.  This reports explores:

"the relationship between U.S. job losses and the American consumer's insatiable desire for bargains in "Is Wal-Mart Good for America?" Through interviews with retail executives, product manufacturers, economists, and trade experts, correspondent Hedrick Smith examines the growing controversy over the Wal-Mart way of doing business and asks whether a single retail giant has changed the American economy."

A website about efforts in Canada to organize Wal-Mart's stores

WalMart Workers in Canada

The United Food and Commercial Workers' website has a section on

Walmart Workers Campaign Info

In, Wal-Mart Seeks to Get Class Status Overturned, the LA Times reports that:

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. asked a federal appeals court Monday to throw out a lower court ruling approving the largest employment class-action lawsuit in history, filed on behalf of as many as 1.5 million women.

The Bentonville, Ark.-based discount retailer urged the appeals court in San Francisco to remove class-action status for the suit, which seeks billions of dollars in back pay for alleged discrimination.

In its 61-page appeal, Wal-Mart argues that U.S. District Judge Martin Jenkins improperly ignored a study by experts for the company that showed no disparity in pay or promotions between men and women in 90% of its 3,400 stores in the U.S.

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