After such documentaries as, “Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price”, it should come as no surprise to Americans that Wal-Mart has continued
such ridiculous practices. The unfortunate legal struggles of Wal-Mart
employees are constantly in the media and on the news. The pending lawsuit
to allow Wal-Mart employees to unionize has been dragging on since the
uncovering of this injustice in the documentary film. The film premiered
in 2005, and Wal-Mart employees are still attempting to formalize a union.
Unions are extremely important and beneficial for people like the Wal-Mart
employees. They provide the employees:
- The rights to fight for fair employment practices.
- The solitary employee a much stronger, and influential, voice.
Unions are commonplace in industries that may require unsafe or dangerous
work conditions; in these cases, unions go to substantial lengths to protect
employees in the event of work injury or a workplace accident.
But unions are also vital to employees of large private or government organzations
who are committed to their jobs and employer, but are not provided with
basic benefits and opportunities. Unfortunately, the absence of basic
worker benefits and opportunities is becoming all too common in today’s
profit driven and cost avoidance society.
According to the Cornell Chronical (April 15, 2013), workers at Wal-Mart
are still struggling:
“Employees at a warehouse that supplied Walmart went on strike due
to “horrible working conditions,” said O’Neill. “They
were working in containments at up to 120 degrees with no cold water to
drink, and they weren’t getting bathroom breaks.” At first
Walmart refused to take responsibility since it did not directly employ
the workers. Eventually, though, “Walmart was forced to take responsibility
by the state of California” after the union intervened, said O’Neill.
The UFCW has tried to get workers to unionize, but the Walton family, owners
of Walmart, has historically been anti-union. Thus it has been difficult
reaching workers who often fear retaliation from management. However,
Walmart is not the only corporation to take such a strong opposing view
“We had one worker that was trying to get something going in San
Diego,” said O’Neill, and in an example “of corporate
America and their overreaction,” the company had a law firm hold
meetings in their stores in California and Nevada, “just because
one worker said something about forming a union.””
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