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    :: Friday, October 31, 2003 ::

    Wal-Mart Gets Greedy By Stan Cox, AlterNet
    It's an open secret that U.S. business has become hooked on the profits generated by illegal immigration. In its remorseless drive toward Always Low Prices, Wal-Mart, it appears, is no exception. It's hard for a company to resist the temptation offered by a large pool of workers willing to put in long hours for minimum or sub-minimum wage, with no overtime pay - workers whose fear of deportation ensures that they'll do whatever is asked of them.

    Wal-Mart's Hidden Costs By Steven Pearlstein
    According to supermarket giants Safeway, Albertson's and Kroger, the competitive threat from Wal-Mart makes it impossible for them to survive without cutting the pay and benefits of unionized employees.

    But to hear it from the 70,000 striking or locked-out members of the United Food and Commercial Workers union, accepting anything less than they get now would set up an unwinnable race to the bottom with Wal-Mart's nonunion 'associates' who make as little as half of what they do.

    UFCW Vice Pres Manages Billion Dollar Wal-Mart Stocks UFCW - MfD OpenForum Discussion
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