Archive for May, 2007

Why Wal-Mart workers need a union.

Thursday, May 31st, 2007

I hate, just hate, to agree with NewsBusters, but every word in this post about our new friend David Noordeweir is absolutely right: Of course, employees in Michigan can be fired for just about any reason, although companies can adopt policies that offer “just cause” protections as this article by the Lansing State Journal notes: […]

SHIFTING TO PLAN B FOR GRACIE PAGE…

Thursday, May 31st, 2007

No, not that Plan B. If Gracie Page had been filling a prescription for that medication, she probably wouldn’t have needed to worry about dosage, if she got her prescription filled at all. But a Wal-Mart pharmacist did fill her prescription and gave her a bump in potency: ten times what the doctor ordered. From […]

You read it here first (yet again).

Wednesday, May 30th, 2007

I had my doubts when I first posted this story, but now I’m siding with David because even though the joke wasn’t funny, this is such an obvious overreaction. From the Flint Journal: When David Noordewier posted a joke on his MySpace page, he believed it was just a crude but funny bit of humor. […]

An undifferentiated, salty, watery, chicken-like substance.

Wednesday, May 30th, 2007

Normally, I ask permission to use e-mails on the blog, but this one is such an obvious cry for Josh Marshall-style group research on one of my favorite subjects that I want to get it up ASAP: Is this a new trend? The other day at Walmart the price per pound labels on the chcken […]

WAL-MART WEDNESDAY: OPEN THREAD…

Wednesday, May 30th, 2007

How do you really feel about Wal-Mart? Here’s your chance to express your true feelings — pro and con — about the world’s largest retailer. Write whatever you like in the comments section and engage your fellow readers in the conversation. Jeff Hess: Have Coffee Will Write.

Is Wal-Mart Too Cheap for Its Own Good?

Wednesday, May 30th, 2007

Also from the NY Times: A confidential report prepared for senior executives at Wal-Mart Stores concludes, in stark terms, that the chain’s traditional strengths — its reputation for discounts, its all-in-one shopping format and its enormous selection — “work against us” as it tries to move upscale. If your entire premise is based upon being […]

Sex Discrimination

Wednesday, May 30th, 2007

The Supreme Court decision on the time period during which a sex discrimination claim must be filed will have a big effect on future and pending suits. Here’s a rundown in today’s NY Times From 2001 to 2006, workers brought nearly 40,000 pay discrimination cases. Many such cases are likely to be barred by the […]

THE FUTURAMA OF WAL-MART…

Wednesday, May 30th, 2007

Getting the Word Out

Tuesday, May 29th, 2007

I think I’ve mentioned this before, but there is only one (zero now?) reporter on a major daily who is assigned to the labor beat. This farewell by an investigative reporter at the LA Times is a reminder of why the discussions of issues facing workers are under reported and/or slanted much of the time. […]

AT THE WALLY PLEX…

Friday, May 25th, 2007

There are sound stages on Hollywood’s back lots smaller than Bentonvile’s behemoths, so it’s no surprise that budding video talent has been sneaking cameras in at odd hours. And now for the midnight show at the Wally Plex featuring heathbug. Jeff Hess: Have Coffee Will Write.

Pre-Memorial Day Weekend Wal-Mart Roundup

Friday, May 25th, 2007

* Wal-Mart Watch brings you all the latest allegations of Wal-Mart corruption here and here. * What exactly does Wal-Mart have against historic sites? Maybe if you build stores everywhere and anywhere you’re bound to hit somewhere historic at some point. * Paging BBCAmerican! Paging BBCAmerican! Perhaps this is why so many criminals show up […]

AND THE MOST MISSPELLED WORD IS…

Friday, May 25th, 2007

…, At least, writes Google, more people type Wallmart instead of Wal-Mart (how Freudian is that?) into the search engine’s query box when they’re looking for all things cheap, plastic and crappy to fill our landfills. According to Google: Everyone has certain words they struggle to spell correctly. When it comes to spelling, we’re not […]

Put yourself in their shoes.

Thursday, May 24th, 2007

Brian White at Blogging Stocks has talked to Wal-Mart workers in his area and thinks they’re pretty happy: In a few “field trips” this past week, I wanted to see just who the people a Wal-Mart appear to be. Are they teenagers out int he job force for the first time? Retirees? Former inmates? Citizens […]

Dell to sell computers at Wal-Mart

Thursday, May 24th, 2007

AP press release: Dell plans to sell computers at Wal-Mart. … A Dell spokesman says the computer maker will begin selling two of its Dimension desktop models in about three-thousand Wal-Mart stores beginning June tenth. Some how this seems fitting. Dell has gotten its own share of bad publicity recently over poor quality machines and […]

Wal-Mart: We’re proud that our health benefits stink.

Thursday, May 24th, 2007

In Wally World, black is white, up is down and their “benefits” package only benefits Wal-Mart. From the Dallas Morning News: Wal-Mart Stores Inc. – the world’s largest retailer and a company often criticized for poor employee pay and benefits – sent the executive responsible for designing its employee benefits to Dallas on Wednesday to […]