Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Extorting Wal-Mart

From The Joplin Globe re the Maryland Health Care Act:

You may not like Wal-Mart - indeed, you may even actively dislike the world's largest retailer - but what the state of Maryland is trying to do in forcing the company to either increase spending on employee health care or pay a similar amount in higher taxes is simply, well, unfair and discriminatory.

The law, which was written so that it applies only to Wal-Mart, is nothing less than extortion.

Monday, July 03, 2006

ASDA Union Negotiations

From LA Times:

Asda Group Ltd., the British division of Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the world's largest retailer, has reached a deal with one of Britain's largest unions that marks the most significant concessions the global retailer has made to organized labor.

"This is a very significant victory for the GMB, and for the unions in general," said Jan Furstenborg, who monitors Wal-Mart's global labor relations for Union Network International, a global union federation.

The new agreement in Britain brings Wal-Mart's approach closer to that of Tesco, which has a broad partnership with the USDAW shop workers union.

Expect some crowing from the usual suspects today.