ON LOW-WAGE CAPITALISM, PART 4…

Good morning. I'm away on my annual Wildacres Writer's Retreat atop Pompeii's Point in North Carolina. I've been reading Fred Goldstein's Low-Wage Capitalism and thought his "Why the bosses need Walmart" is instructive. Enjoy Part 4:
The company is fiercely anti-union. In 2000, when eleven butchers at a Walmart in Jackson, Texas, voted to join the United Food and Commercial Food Workers, Walmart announced that henceforth it would buy only pre-wrapped meat. It then eliminated butchers in all of its hundreds of supercenters. When the UCFW, after a long and successful organizing drive, opened up bargaining at a store in Jonquière, Quebec, Walmart shut the store down after five months at the negotiating table. It is constantly on the lookout for any signs of union sympathy among its workers and fires them on trumped-up charges. When Walmart moves into an area, it puts unionized supermarkets out of business or gives the bosses of its competitors leverage at the bargaining table to demand concessions based on not being able to compete with Walmart. The important grocery workers strike in southern California of 2003-2004, waged by the UCFW, was triggered by Walmart's threat to put forty supercenters in the state and drive wages down in the entire area.
Previously... Yes, I realize that Goldstein as leader and member of the secretariat of the Workers World Party has a point of view anathema to the majority of people in the United States, but he consistently raises points that I think important and worthy of deep discussion concerning our present economic hierarchy in general and Walmart in particular. I sincerely hope that when I return from my retreat I'll find the beginning of discussion that brings a thoughtful, large and varied voice to The Writing On The Wal. Jeff Hess: Have Coffee Will Write.

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