Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Secunda on Wal-Mart Settlement

Secunda Our own Paul Secunda was quoted in today's Wall Street Journal on the Wal-Mart settlement we recently posted on.  As Paul notes, one of Wal-Mart's reasons for settling now may be the new political realities in the federal government and the possibility that EFCA or something like it could be passed:

Paul M. Secunda, an associate professor at Marquette University Law School, suggested Wal-Mart wanted to settle the lawsuits not just to avoid potentially more costly defeats in the courtroom, but to resolve issues that might be used to argue for passage of the Employee Free Choice Act. The legislation, expected to be considered by Congress next year, is fiercely opposed by Wal-Mart because the company worries it will make it easier for workers to unionize.

"This is part of their overall strategy to get their labor house in order, and compared to what unionization might cost them, I think they probably realized it was a small price to pay," Mr. Secunda said.

Nice job, Paul!


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Walmart settled because groups like WakeUpWalmart put pressure on them to do the right thing. Walmart will hold out as long as possible until will only break when it realizes that the PR pressure is too much -- which is usually too late. In a different case, the company didn't want to pay a brain-damaged former employee her medical benefits until is became a mini-national outrage. We gotta keep fighting Wal-Mart - they're not going anywhere, but they can reform!

Posted by: Humphrey | Dec 30, 2008 1:06:15 PM

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