Bangladesh Fire Highlights Walmart’s Strategy of Plausible Deniability

By: Wednesday November 28, 2012 12:19 pm

Bangladesh’s government has arrested three supervisors of the factory that saw a deadly fire that killed over 100 garment workers. The factory made products for Walmart, the Disney Company, Sean “P.Diddy” Combs’ clothing line and other US retailers.

My Walmart Black Friday Experience, and the Productivity/Wage Gap

By: Monday November 26, 2012 6:16 am

Walmart workers staged their historic strike on Black Friday. Management tried to downplay it, and given how massive Walmart is, the relative strength of the strike was small in real terms compared to the company’s 1.4 million workers. But it would be silly to just leave it at that without the context of the company [...]

Walmart Files Unfair Labor Practice Against UFCW

By: Sunday November 18, 2012 11:32 am

Walmart, trying to change the subject in advance of protests and strikes at the outset of the holiday shopping season, has filed an unfair labor practice charge against the United Food and Commercial Workers union, arguing that UFCW is illegally attempting to disrupt its business. A non-union coalition of Walmart workers called OUR Walmart has [...]

Walmart Workers Plan Black Friday Protests, So Walmart Will Open on “Black Thursday”

By: Thursday November 15, 2012 10:53 am

The historic Walmart worker strikes over the past couple months built energy toward an even bigger culmination. Walmart workers, protesting low wages, erratic hours, lack of health benefits, and most importantly disrespect in the workplace, decided to speak their grievances in a series of worker-led actions. Walmart responded with retaliation, including firings, reductions of hours, [...]

Banks Face Competition From Retailers on Financial Transactions

By: Wednesday November 14, 2012 2:36 pm

After consolidating the financial sector rather than seeing it broken up over the last few years, Wall Street actually faces competition, in the form of big box retailers. On a recent shopping trip to Costco, Lilly Neubauer picked up paper towels, lentils, carrots — and a home mortgage. While Ms. Neubauer, 27, said she was [...]

The Importance of the Walmart Strikes

By: Thursday October 11, 2012 12:16 pm

Bryce Covert has a helpful primer for why we should pay attention to these wildcat strikes carried out by a non-union coalition of Walmart associates. It does threaten to upend the status quo for labor relations in an age that heralds a rising service sector and weakened union density. While not a union making formal [...]

Walmart Strikes Extend to 12 Cities, Black Friday Actions Planned

By: Wednesday October 10, 2012 12:18 pm

The wildcat strikes by non-union Walmart associates are approaching a critical mass. The first-ever strikes have now spread to 12 cities across the country – including Chicago, Dallas, Miami, Orlando, Seattle, and various locations in California – with workers joined by labor and community activists. Protests have been held in front of 200 Walmart stores [...]

Walmart Worker Wildcat Strikes Spread

By: Tuesday October 9, 2012 1:02 pm

For the second time in a week, workers at Walmart stores, this time in five states, have walked out on the job. While Walmart does not allow unions, and the strikes are relatively time-limited, this surge of worker activism at the nation’s largest employer is one of the biggest stories in US labor relations. This [...]

Wal-Mart Dramatically Reduces Health Insurance Coverage

By: Friday October 21, 2011 9:35 am

Wal-Mart, the nation’s largest private employer, is cutting back its health benefits to workers, in a reminder that the nation’s health care system remains broken 18 months after the passage of the Affordable Care Act. Citing rising costs, Wal-Mart, the nation’s largest private employer, told its employees this week that all future part-time employees who [...]

Swipe Fee Battle Comes to a Vote Today

By: Wednesday June 8, 2011 8:00 am

We have 9.1% unemployment, but we can’t pass jobs bills because they’re too expensive. We have an unreformed financial sector still desirous of engaging in risky lending, but we can’t implement risk retention rules that would force financial institutions to keep a tiny sliver of the deals they make instead of packaging them up and [...]

Retailers Enter Swipe Fee Fight as Tester Backtracks

By: Thursday May 19, 2011 11:16 am

Retailers have finally begun to strike back on swipe fee reform, the underground issue that you would be nauseated to discover is taking up a striking amount of the Congress’ time. This is basically a battle between two large, competing interests. On the one side, you have banks who have collect $16 billion annually in [...]

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