Unions and Communities Vs. Wal-Mart
Wal-Mart has become such a retail "powerhouse" lately that many unions and communities have taken opportunity to battle against it. We see on the news towns and groups that try to prevent the "monster" from entering into their humble towns. It's image has also been degraded because of the claims of worker discrimination and anti-union practices. But Wal-Mart, being set-off by lawsuits and claims of uncompetitive practices, tried to step up and repair this tarnished image on Tuesday. The media was invited and brought journalists to Rogers, Ark., Wal-Mart's headquarters, in a first-ever media event. Wal-Mart, whose annual sales of $256 billion (the equivalent of Austria's GDP), also planned to give reporters a rare peek at some of its operations. Being tipped off on it, a labor union and other groups used the event to publicize complaints and make their voices known in Wal-Mart's hometown of Bentonville in northwest Arkansas. What a battle.