Walmart to NLRB: “Whaaaaaaaa!”
We’re about to find out exactly how little Barack Obama cares about working men and women.
We already know the answer is “not much,” but a job action planned by employees of the world’s largest retailer on the biggest shopping day of the year – Black Friday, just three days away – may bring into sharp relief just how far down the river this president is willing to sell the working class.
Walmart – that destroyer of small-town Main Streets, receiver of corporate welfare, and beneficiary of third-world slave-labor – has gone crying to a government watchdog which, if it holds true to the principles of its founding, should not merely toss the Walton clan out on its ear but laugh heartily as it does so.
Though you, dear reader, may not yet have heard about it, the WalMucketeyMucks have gotten wind of plans by their “associates” (hah!) across the country to walk off the job this Friday in protest of crappy wages, non-existent benefits, intimidation, and management stifling of attempts to organize themselves into a what Walmart should already be treating them as: A force that can force the planet-raping retailer to its knees.
Walmart workers would likely have unionized many months ago if this White House – at the urging of the Clintonite now-mayor of Chicago – hadn’t backed down on EFCA (that’s said with tongue firmly in cheek, of course – since this White House never really got its back up over it).
And now Walmart – the world’s best-known purveyor of goods produced in offshore sweatshops, and considered by many to have gone into groceries so its American workers could “spend” the food stamps those workers still require to make ends meet in Walmart stores – is asking the National Labor Relations Board, a body charged in 1935 with enabling the union movement and ending unfair labor practices, to protect it? Really?!
Let’s see the silver-tounged leader of the free world talk his way around this one.
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