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Wal-Mart Warns Of Dem Win — Which Businesses Lean Right?

If the price is right, do you care if a store's politics might be Right as well? Wal-Mart has taken a break from rolling back prices, to roll out a campaign among their store managers nationwide to warn that if Democrats take power in November, a law change easing the way for workers to unionize, won't be far behind.

In the past few weeks, thousands of Wal-Mart managers have been called to mandatory meetings where, according to about a dozen workers who've attended the meetings, the corporate representatives are making it clear that a vote for Obama in November will be equal to letting unions in — sparking higher payroll and health costs.

One employee attending such a meeting said, "the meeting leader said, 'I am not telling you how to vote, but if the Democrats win, this bill will pass and you won't have a vote on whether you want a union. I am not a stupid person. They were telling me how to vote."

A Wal-Mart spokesman said, "if anyone representing Wal-Mart gave the impression we were telling associates how to vote, they were wrong and acting without approval." Adding that the meetings were designed to educate workers about the Employee Free Choice Act, which they think is a bad bill.

Is your shopping cart getting involved in the election too? To see other business that with possible ties to party politics,


Stores and companies thought to have ties to the Republican party (for you to support or not, depending on your own proclivities) include:

Wendy's Hamburgers, Dominos Pizza, Olive Garden, Dell Computers, Curves Gym, UPS, Coors, Disney, Chevron, American Airlines and Outback Steakhouse.

I don't know about you, but the news makes me want a Bloomin' Onion now, 2,275 calories or not. To find out where corporate money goes, OpenSecrets lets you search by donor name, organization name, industry and more, so you can see where their money goes before you give them yours.

Do you think about the political affiliation of a company before you buy? Does Wal-Mart's information campaign just make for good business sense for them — or is it unfair pressure on employees to vote Republican?


chelles chelles 9 years
As a new manager at Sam's Club, I've been through this training...twice. I get that they are doing this to protect their company but I left feeling like A) I had lost a little more respect for Wal-Mart and B) I will vote for whoever the hell I want. I'm an Obama supporter and while I wasn't offended that the leader of this training gave the company's pro-McCain endorsement, I was pissed that they said, "but we're not trying to tell you how to vote." I'm not an idiot. The training should have stopped at telling us how to handle a situation such as a union rep coming to one of the clubs (which happens). The Sam's culture is something I'm still trying to get comfortable with and this DID NOT help.
UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
But that's true about every customer service based company. When I worked as an employee (not a manager) for McD's, I averaged 40+ hours a week, but I was still not considered full time.
True-Song True-Song 9 years
(I don't know if that's true or not, but I think I've heard it before.)
True-Song True-Song 9 years
But you're right generally in that most part timers don't. But I think her point was that Wal Mart tries not to hire people full time so they don't have to pay benefits.
UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
After I wrote that, I realized that at McD's some part timers get limited benefits as well. I misspoke. Thanks for correcting me.
True-Song True-Song 9 years
Well, it's not common, but some do. Starbucks employees do.
UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
With all due respect, part time workers don't get benefits anywhere.
shalee55 shalee55 9 years
UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
Maybe, but it's the stockholders you're beholden to, and if they don't get the most bang for their buck, you get replaced.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 9 years
There is simply no other excuse other than greed not to.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 9 years
I have nothing against being rich. Like I said you can still be rich have more money than you can spend and then some and still do the right thing by your employees.
True-Song True-Song 9 years
Eh, never underestimate the power of a scary liberal! Though I admit I grabbed regular eggs instead of cage free this week because the cage free were more than twice as much.
UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
Unfortunately, you are correct. I know of several (who once thought like you) who aren't millionaires, but are on their way who have been lured by the thought of wealth. I hope you are better than they are, and you become a millionaire. I hope I do as well. ;)
True-Song True-Song 9 years
You're right. I am not rich. I like to think that even if I were a millionaire, I would become even more socially conscious with my spending, but I suppose it's always easy to think the best of yourself.
UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
I wasn't meaning to imply you're poor. I'm saying you're not rich. It takes a different mindset to become and stay rich. It's been my experience that people are idealistic, and want the world to share their wealth, until that person actually gets some wealth of their own.
True-Song True-Song 9 years
I'm not sure if that was a subtle dig, but I guess I'll choose not to be insulted unless you actually say I'm poor. Which I suppose isn't an insult inherently, but I digress... I do invest. I sock away 12% of my income into mutual funds. And to be honest it was surprisingly hard to find funds that didn't invest in Halliburton! But I took the time to make sure the votes I cast with my dollars are ones I can live with.
UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
I'm not content with this system because there are two major flaws within. Corporate CEO's are being paid way too much, and the US government is taxing said companies even worse. Why do you think US businesses are moving overseas? That is why I like Aflac. The CEO of Aflac asked the shareholders to decide exactely what his salary should be for the upcoming year. He does this every year. If the stocks are up, his salary reflects that. If the stocks go down, his salary greatly reflects that. It's incentive for him to make sure the company is doing the right thing. Unlike companies like Lee Enterprises, whose stock is down 75% this year, yet the CEO is still getting $100 million.
UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
Let me know what you think after (if) you become someone who is able to invest.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 9 years
This is my problem with those in the RNC who suggest to the American public that we should just gives corporations more and more freedom and everything will get better. We'll yeah it'll get better for them at the cost of the employee. That is just greed. Greed Greed Greed! If this is the system you're content with UnDave than I'm disappointed. There is no reason why the rich can't stay rich and the employee get what they deserve.
True-Song True-Song 9 years
I'm a scary liberal. I'd rather have less money and now I'm not supporting egregious social injustice.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 9 years
I'd prefer what's right then everyone's happy no matter what. How the hell am I going to spend 50 share much less 95?
UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
Tell that to the stockholders. If you have the opportunity to make $50/share, or $95/share, what would you prefer?
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 9 years
Boy you're a popular one today UnDave, LOL! I'm not a particular fan of unions myself because unions can be just as corrupt as corporations. However, I am against employees getting the $#!++y end of the stick every time profits vs. employee is involved. If a company can only make $50mil profit as opposed to $95mil by giving their employees the benefits they deserve than give it to them damn it you're still making an F'n profit.
valancyjane valancyjane 9 years
I wouldn't say many/most. Some. There are always going to be companies that treat workers badly and they need to be stopped. Workers need someone to advocate for them (or to help them advocate for themselves), and it is not going to be the company.
UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
I agree that unions were needed at one point. Many/most have outlived their usefullness.
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