It is now the largest corporation in the world, its practice of disregarding human rights for the sake of a good sale on the other side of the world is setting an ominous trend in an industry that is now trying to keep up with Wal-Mart by wringing more labor for less and less compensation.
Here’s the fundamental trouble with Wal-Mart: the company has become so powerful that it is writing the rules in our economy and our politics, and that is unhealthy for America. With its power unchecked, Wal-Mart has developed a business model that squeezes the middle class, depresses local communities, and seriously damages America’s competitiveness in the global economy.
Consider, also, that foreign cheap labor comes in part because of their socialist government that covers daily living expenses of the workers, so the true cost of labor is actually through subsidies by a Communist system. By supporting Wal-Mart, we endanger American Free Enterprise and prop up totalitarianism.
Now Wal-Mart is leading the way in implementing RFID product tracking, leading the way to more of an Orwellian big brother world of tyranny here in the United States and elsewhere in the world.
This is creating a very serious breach of conscience for millions of otherwise upright Americans, who can sense that these low prices come at a price. It is time to stop patronizing increasingly slave-like labor conditions at home and abroad.
So Boycott all Wal-mart stores this Black Friday, and hit them where it hurts….in their pockets.
MAKE THIS VIRAL……invite all of your friends, posts this link on all FB pages and websites, keep it in discussion.
Facebook page here! Please attend… show your support and numbers.
Power to The People
To all Bloggers:
Search and post your locally owned stores on your sites. Use map links, give information. Show support to your community and encourage people to shop locally. If local businesses grow, then the underpaid Wal-Mart employees may seek new places of employment…. full-time and with benefits!
Here is a documentary about Wal-Mart, and other links with information below the video:
A little humor here about Wal-Mart bringing back layaways (which, btw… if you default, not only do you lose what you have paid in, but you are fined on top of it): OMG! Wal-Mart is bringing back (shudder) LAYAWAYS!!!
Washington — For me as a reporter, the most startling discovery of six months of reporting was how much our major mass retail chains call the shots in today’s global economy, with a powerful impact on the decline of manufacturing in America and the rise of manufacturing in China and Asia.
“Wal-Mart is one of the key forces that propelled global outsourcing — off-shoring of U.S. jobs — precisely because it controls so much of the purchasing power of the U.S. economy,” says Gary Gereffi, a Duke University professor who studies global supply chains.
“Wal-Mart,” Gereffi continues, “has life-or-death decision over [almost] all the consumer goods industries that exist in the United States, because it is the number one supplier-retailer of most of our consumer goods — not just clothes, shoes, toys, but home appliances, electronic products, sporting goods, bicycles, groceries, food.”
* This company runs ads featuring the United States flag and proclaims “We Buy American”. In 2001 they moved their worldwide purchasing headquarters to China and are the largest importer of Chinese goods in the US, purchasing over $10 BILLION of Chinese-made products annually. Products made mostly by women and children working in the labor hell-holes China is famous for.
* Their average employee working in the US makes $15,000 a year, $7.22 per hour!
* These employees gross under $11,000 a year.
* The company brags that 70% of their employees are full time, but fails to disclose that they count anyone working 28 hours a week or more as full time.
* There are no health care benefits unless you have worked for the company for two years.
* With a turnover rate averaging above 50% per year, only 38% of their 1.3 million employees have health care coverage. -In California alone it’s estimated that the taxpayers pay over $20 million annually to subsidize health care benefits for these employees who get none from this behemoth corporation.
The revelation that Wal-Mart actually kills jobs and damages local communities is contradictory to their own brand marketing, but in a Yahoo news story Wal-Mart is drawing ire from the very people who it claims to be helping. The story cites a report released in January by City University of New York’s Hunter College Center for Community Planning, which studied 50 Wal-Mart stores and the impact they have had on the surrounding communities. The conclusions are striking:
The overwhelming weight of the independent research on the impact of Wal-Mart stores . . . shows that Wal-Mart depresses area wages and labor benefits . . . pushes out more retail jobs than it creates, and results in more retail vacancies.
This report has led the City Council to condemn Wal-Mart, saying:
‘To me, Wal-Mart is definitely not welcome in this city,’ asserted Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito. ‘It is a union-busting, tax-evading, wage-suppressing, job-destroying, civil-rights abusing, food stamp-denying, multi-national corporation that has no place in this city.’
The Department of Homeland Security’s official You Tube channel has been bombarded with complaints, many of them littered with furious profanity, after the announcement yesterday that the DHS would team up with 588 Wal-Mart stores in 27 states to place monitors at checkout locations that would play a video message by Janet Napolitano encouraging Americans to spy on each other and report “suspicious activity” to law enforcement and Wal-Mart employees.