Put unionizing power back in workers' hands
- By RICHARD RAY, Atlanta Journal Constitution
The nation recently learned that America's largest private employer convened mandatory, closed-door meetings with thousands of its store managers and department heads over the past weeks to 'warn' them about the negative consequences if Sen. Barack Obama wins the presidential election. The corporation pointed to Obama's support of legislation called the Employee Free Choice Act, which would put the choice on how to form a union back in employees' hands.
The news of Wal-Mart's actions has set off a firestorm of public outcry as people are reacting to their instinctual gut feeling that it's wrong for a big company to use its muscle to influence its workers' private choices. 'I'm not a stupid person,' one peeved Missouri Wal-Mart employee said. 'They were telling us how to vote.'