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Wal-Mart Doesn’t Have Much Respect for the Intelligence of Its Employees

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This purloined presentation of Wal-Mart anti-union propaganda is pretty unprofessional. You’d at least think the world’s largest retailer would argue something a bit more complicated than a labor organization would cost employees a whole $5 a month. The second presentation, for managers, is more standard anti-union hack work. But at least it looks like they spent more than 5 minutes putting it together.

Meanwhile, the NLRB is filing a complaint against Wal-Mart for violation labor law in 14 states while cracking down on striking workers.

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  • LeeEsq

    Has any anti-union propaganda ever been professional? I’ve seen a bunch of it and it all seems rather cartoonish and stupid. Considering the sophistication of a lot of ads, this is kind of disappointing.

    • Ahuitzotl

      strongly suggesting it was prepared at union Ad shops :)

    • Helmut Monotreme

      Well when you begin with the beliefs that because some unions are corrupt that unions should be banned, and that those filthy plebes ought to be happy to have a job at all and grateful for the scraps we throw them, you have already narrowed your audience to those on whom a sophisticated anti union argument would be wasted.

    • Duke

      The bottom line for the managers of retail stores is if their store votes union, they’re going to get demoted or fired. The hammer of fear and the threat of unemployment cause many managers to toe the line and spread the bullshit to the help.

      • A good point. Should also be noted that my understanding of Wal-Mart is that a lot of the low level managers are people working their way up, so there’s also a lot of brand loyalty there. A union organizer friend of mine has parents who are lifelong Wal-Mart employees who have done this at least.

  • Joshua

    My favorite is slide 14 of manager training. If an associate asks about organizing you should BS them and then CALL THE “LABOR RELATIONS” HOTLINE IMMEDIATELY RED ALERT RED ALERT OMGOMG

    • Matt

      “Snitchin’ is bitchin'” –Walmart

  • Monty

    a labor organization would cost employees a whole $5 a month.

    So that’s what, 10% of Walmart serf employee net pay?

    • EH

      It sounds like they’ve switched their economic strategy allegiances from Adam Smith to Hetty Green.

  • rea

    a labor organization would cost employees a whole $5 a month.

    Given how much Walmart pays its workers, that’s more significant than you might think.

  • Ahuitzotl

    Walmart doesnt have much respect for the intelligence of its employees, customers, or the rest of the population

    FTFY

    • Stag Party Palin

      And why should they? Their business plan is working very well. Our alleged intelligence isn’t doing us any good.

      Harry Bates had it right. In an evolved society humans are no longer in charge.

  • Mary McHugh

    Anti-union campaigns work on fear, plain and simple. You don’t need a sophisticated instrument to get that point across. If it’s not outright fear of retaliation and job loss, then it’s fear of change and the unknown.

  • quercus

    I like slide six of the management version. $400/year per employee is $560 million. Which does a nice job of explaining why WalMart is willing to spend half a billion! dollars to squash a 40 cents an hour raise for its employees.
    ($400/yr is $.40/hr for a half-time worker).

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