Archive for March, 2009

Let’s put two and two together here, shall we?

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

March 19, 2009: To help families during tough economic times, Walmart has also lowered prices on quality eyewear for children 18 years old and younger. Year-round, parents and caregivers will find youth frames and lenses for as low as $39…. “No matter how bad the economy gets, families should never have to sacrifice their children’s […]

MORE ON THAT OHIO OPTICAL LAB…

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

Al Norman has weighed in on Walmart’s abrupt, and possibly illegal, closing of its optical lab in Columbus, Ohio, dumping 650 workers (with the usual we’ll find them jobs elsewhere mea culpa) and ripping $1.8 million dollars out of the pockets of Ohio taxpayers. Norman writes: A state official told the Associated Press that the […]

ALL THE WAY BACK TO MAGNA CARTA…?

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

Who first said that justice delayed is justice denied, is hidden in History. It may stretch back to 1215 and the those disgruntled English nobles. But in the case of Dukes vs. Walmart, waiting eight years for a bit of justice clearly applies. It what may signal a climate shift in the post-Bush era, the […]

HOW DO YOU USE A CONDOM…? WELL, YOU…

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

I’m sure that the Walmart worker assigned to put the sale rollback tags on the condoms didn’t think about the pun involved, but the blogger at Bit’s & Pieces clearly did when they were shopping. (But did you buy the rolled-back condoms, Jonco?) Jeff Hess: Have Coffee Will Write.

This is wrong on so many levels.

Saturday, March 28th, 2009

From the AP, following up on the announced closing of a Walmart optical lab in Ohio: State economic development officials will check whether Wal-Mart Stores Inc. violated terms of a tax agreement by closing an optical lab and laying off 650 workers, a state spokeswoman said Saturday. If you think everything I write in the […]

AT THE WALLY PLEX…

Friday, March 27th, 2009

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 trice1164. Jeff Hess: Have Coffee Will Write.

Bill Moyers on Walmart in Chicago

Friday, March 27th, 2009

The PBS Bill Moyers show had a segment on a Chicago organizer and the issue of the living wage ordinance. Here’s the link.

Union.

Friday, March 27th, 2009

THAT’S FEMALE EXECUTIVES

Friday, March 27th, 2009

Standby for a broad generalization: personal loyalty belongs to the smallest association in people’s lives. That’s why The National Association of Female Executives has given named Walmart to its 2009 NAFE Top Companies List. I have no idea where Walmart was on the list because they’re listed alphabetically. What were the criteria? Winners, according to […]

JUST ANOTHER ABANDONED WALMART…

Friday, March 27th, 2009

There’ a piece of information concerning abandoned Walmarts that I’d like to have: how much public money went into the construction of the store and how much of that money returned to the public treasury in the form of income, property and sales taxes? I really like to know what the break even point is […]

“[W]e are not in competition with ourselves.” Really?

Thursday, March 26th, 2009

Forget the back story about the TV, just read what Walmart customer relations told one reader of the Consumerist: With regards to individual stores, each store is required to manage its own inventory; therefore prices may vary from store to store. Our store managers are given the freedom to lower a price to clear out […]

Could someone help me with this?

Wednesday, March 25th, 2009

How are we going to get the universal health care that Walmart once claimed it wanted when the company wants to make money off our broken health care system?

WALMART WEDNESDAY: OPEN THREAD…

Wednesday, March 25th, 2009

How do you really feel about Walmart? 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.

THE LABOR LITMUS TEST IN CONGRESS…

Tuesday, March 24th, 2009

Our Jonathan has been following Jonathan Tasini for sometime, but I only stumbled across him myself this morning as I was reading up on the what I think may be the story of the 2009 legislative year: The Employee Free Choice Act. Why do I think that? Because it creates a fundamental and dynamic shift […]

About those bonuses…(Part 2).

Monday, March 23rd, 2009

Everyone who got all bent out of shape last week when I posted Wake-Up Wal-Mart’s response to Walmart’s announcement of employee bonuses needs to read this. Keep two things in mind before you click though: 1. Wal-Mart Watch just doesn’t post any-old rant in their “Worker’s Speak Out” site. There are security questions first which […]