A Modest Proposal for Wal-Mart

I wrote a post last year called Savers v. Wal-Mart. Since the ‘pre-worn’ look seems to be here to stay, you can get it at a fraction of the price at Sal’s or Savers. And it’s authentic worker’s garb.

Being an authentic worker is getting harder. Yesterday’s Supreme Court decision makes it easier for large corporations to nickle and dime their workers without accountability.

From today’s New York Times…

Wal-Mart Stores asked the Supreme Court to make a million or more of the company’s current and former female employees fend for themselves in individual lawsuits instead of seeking billions of dollars for discrimination in a class-action lawsuit. Wal-Mart got what it wanted from the court — unanimous dismissal of the suit as the plaintiffs presented it — and more from the five conservative justices, who went further in restricting class actions in general.

When you are working, everything is an equation of time vs money. All the big department stores have abandoned downtown Providence, except for the PPMall. The nearest convenient place is Wal-Mart. Time, gas, parking, overhead all figure in.

Buying small and local sometimes seems like too much work after a day of work, but there are ways to resist the Borg.

Shop mindfully. All stores strive to hustle you into buying more than you planned. Cutting one impulse purchase from your trip is only a fleabite, but a thousand fleas are no joke. What will happen if we keep our nickles and dimes in our pockets?

Via Politics Plus, we haven’t heard the last of the discrimination suit…

The women who sought to sue Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (WMT) for gender bias on behalf of 1.5 million co-workers said they will press their fight against the nation’s largest private employer in smaller lawsuits in lower courts and claims with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Weak government and strong corporations has been the trend for decades, confirmed by the Supremes this week. If you would rather be a citizen than a consumer or a human resource, this is a time to turn it around.

UPDATE: Wal-Mart stock is up following the Supreme Court ruling. A good day for corporations.

Hillbilly Report explains a court ruling that may ease some of the obstacles to workers wanting to form a union. Individuals are at a big disadvantage vs a multinational corporation, collective bargaining helps workers have a fair chance.

SHOP RHODE ISLAND: Here’s a link to Mi Vida Local with some unique, local small businesses that have what you need without the big box.

6 thoughts on “A Modest Proposal for Wal-Mart

  1. Government of the corporations, by the corporations, for the wealthy.

    Yessirree, best government money can buy. Scalia basically said that you have to have a written memorandum instructing that local managers discriminate against women to prove that there is a company policy in place.

    Then we have Clarence Thomas riding on the Koch brothers’ gravy train. Notice how much press that’s getting.

    1. Once you get to a certain point,you’re on SOMEBODY’S gravy train.
      Judges at all levels are more often bought and paid for than not before they get a sleeve in the robe.
      My experiences as a court oficer in NYC in the early 70’s taught me a lot about that.
      The Federal courts in Chicago were just as bad.Instead of the Koch brothers,Richard Daley’s presence was ubiquitous in every phase of the “justice” system.(Richard Daley the father).
      Get a clue.You think I drink some kool aid,but you haven’t got any idea of what I really think.It’s just worse everywhere else.

  2. Henry Ford established the buying model of the last century: If I pay my workers five dollars a day, a fair wage, they will be able to buy my cars (and make me mega-rich).

    Wal-Mart turned this model on it head: If I pay my workers as little as possible, thought Sam, they will have to come and shop at my emporium (and make me mega-rich).

    1. Both Ford and Walton had one thing in common-they hated unions.
      Ford gave in after a long and bloody struggle.

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