Wal-Mart’s Loss In Fight For Lower Wages In DC Concerns Congress

By: Tuesday July 16, 2013 9:56 am

Wal-Mart, which repeatedly ranks amongst the richest companies in the world, has a pretty clear business model. The model is structured on getting slave-labor based suppliers to underbid each other, fleecing Wal-Mart’s low level workers, and destroying competitors – usually local businesses – through monopoly pricing power. Needless to say it is not surprising that [...]

House Democrats Lob Bribery, Tax Evasion Allegations at Walmart

By: Friday August 17, 2012 11:18 am

This is a couple days old, but two House Democrats have come into possession of evidence of significant crimes by Walmart, including bribery. The Democrats, Henry Waxman and Elijah Cummings, sought additional documents from Walmart on possible violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. The joint investigation by the Democrats on the House Oversight Committee [...]

Department of Labor Hits Wal-Mart Supplier With Hundreds of Thousands in Fines

By: Wednesday July 25, 2012 11:00 am

Following up on a previous item, the US Department of Labor has cited C.J.’s Seafood of Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, and instructed them to pay a series of fines, as well as back wages to a group of guest workers the company abused with harsh, illegal working conditions. The incident is notable because C.J.’s Seafood was [...]

10,000 Protest Wal-Mart in Los Angeles

By: Sunday July 1, 2012 9:58 am

In what was billed as the largest mass protest in history against the retail giant, an estimated 10,000 union members and community leaders rallied on Saturday against the building of a Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market in Los Angeles’ historic Chinatown. It’s one of three Neighborhood Markets slated for Southern California, carrying with them the threat of [...]

Report Confirms Guest Worker Abuse at Wal-Mart Supplier

By: Thursday June 21, 2012 11:49 am

Speaking of temporary agricultural guest workers, a program which Mitt Romney would like to expand by removing red tape, I have an update on that Wal-Mart supplier, C.J.’s Seafood, engaged in forced labor of undocumented immigrants at a seafood processing plant in Louisiana. You’ll recall that Wal-Mart initially denied any misconduct at its supplier, saying [...]

Exploited Guest Workers from Louisiana to March on Wal-Mart Board Members in NYC

By: Monday June 18, 2012 12:22 pm

I wrote last Friday about the forced labor situation perpetrated on guest workers at a seafood supplier for Wal-Mart in Louisiana. Now, the National Guestworker Alliance, the feisty labor rights group which helped a group of exploited foreign exchange students at a Hershey chocolate factory get justice last year, will take these guest workers on [...]

Workers for Wal-Mart Supplier Forced Into Slave Labor

By: Friday June 15, 2012 9:54 am

Wal-Mart is under fire after guest workers at a seafood supplier of theirs in the Gulf Coast went on strike, alleging slave labor conditions and 24-hour work shifts. The workers are in the United States with H-2B visas, which allow foreign nationals to work temporary, non-agricultural jobs if the employer can demonstrate that “there are [...]

Chamber of Commerce Finds Loophole Around Campaign Spending Disclosure

By: Thursday May 31, 2012 7:47 am

An important ruling earlier this month appeared to pave the way for independent expenditure campaigns to have to declare their donors. However, the US Chamber of Commerce, one of the biggest groups affected by this, believes they have found a way around it that would keep their donors secret. But the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, [...]

One Family, Six Heirs, $69.7 Billion

By: Friday December 9, 2011 9:35 am

The Walton family, the heirs to the Wal-Mart fortune, provide an object lesson on income inequality. The math is pretty stark. This one family holds as much wealth as the bottom 30% of all Americans. The triennial Survey of Consumer Finances (SCF) is one of the best sources for data on wealth in the U.S. [...]

Credit Unions Gained 40,000 New Members on Bank Transfer Day

By: Wednesday November 9, 2011 7:30 am

We’re starting to get hard numbers from Bank Transfer Day. The Credit Union National Association, the leading trade group for credit unions, reports 40,000 new accounts on November 5. This is 24 times the normal rate of membership increases for the industry in 2010, and two times the rate of membership since September 29.  That’s [...]

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 [...]

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