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Ralph Nader weighs in on Wal-Mart

A lot of the same old complaints about Wal-Mart – this time because they AGREED to representation by unions in China (of course, it’s not the right unions, since these unions have the nerve to cooperate with management). I’ve said this before, but it bears repeating – what would current Wal-Mart workers cost the state and federal government if they didn’t have jobs? Wal-Mart is not the answer to the world’s problems, and the market certainly has negative consequences for companies (and their workers) who cannot compete, but Wal-Mart’s impact on the U.S. and world economy has been profound and net-positive.

On a related note, a group of tire and lube workers in Colorado has filed an NLRB petition asking for an election to represent the 17 workers in that department. Wal-Mart is arguing that the whole store (400 employees) should get to vote on the issue. My guess is that the garage will get to vote as a separate unit. Could be interesting. More here.

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