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    Should Wal-Mart be unionized to help give their workers a better wage?

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    Re: Wal-Mart

    Quote Originally Posted by Awesome! View Post
    Should Wal-Mart be unionized to help give their workers a better wage?
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    Retail as an industry does not need unions, unions are more suited for trade and industrial work IMO.
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    No. The retail chain's assets should be nationalized and subject to direct workers' ownership and democratic management.

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    Re: Wal-Mart

    Quote Originally Posted by Agnapostate View Post
    No. The retail chain's assets should be nationalized and subject to direct workers' ownership and democratic management.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chevydriver1123 View Post
    Please tell me your trying to be funny
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    Re: Wal-Mart

    Quote Originally Posted by Awesome! View Post
    Should Wal-Mart be unionized to help give their workers a better wage?
    Whether to unionize or not is up to the workers at a particular employer, not the rest of us.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chevydriver1123 View Post
    Please tell me your trying to be funny
    No, I'm merely proposing a more productive alternative. We can consult the available empirical literature for evidence of the negative effect of Wal-Mart expansion under our current state of affairs. For example, consider Goetz and Swaminathan's Wal-Mart and County-Wide Poverty:

    After carefully and comprehensively accounting for other local determinants of changes in poverty, we find that the presence of Wal-Mart was unequivocally associated with smaller reductions in family-poverty rates in U.S. counties during the 1990s relative to places that had no stores. This was true not only in terms of existing stores in a county in 1987, but also an independent outcome of new stores built between 1987 and 1998.
    I also refer to Zhang et al.'s The effects of Wal-Mart on local labor markets.

    We estimate the effects of Wal-Mart stores on county-level retail employment and earnings, accounting for endogeneity of the location and timing of Wal-Mart openings that most likely biases the evidence against finding adverse effects of Wal-Mart stores. We address the endogeneity problem using a natural instrumental variables approach that arises from the geographic and time pattern of the opening of Wal-Mart stores, which slowly spread out from the first stores in Arkansas. The employment results indicate that a Wal-Mart store opening reduces county-level retail employment by about 150 workers, implying that each Wal-Mart worker replaces approximately 1.4 retail workers. This represents a 2.7 percent reduction in average retail employment. The payroll results indicate that Wal-Mart store openings lead to declines in county-level retail earnings of about $1.4 million, or 1.5 percent. Of course, these effects occurred against a backdrop of rising retail employment, and only imply lower retail employment growth than would have occurred absent the effects of Wal-Mart.
    In light of Wal-Mart's obviously negative and deleterious impacts on employment, wages, and the wider local economy, I'm merely proposing a more efficient and effective alternative in the way of workers' ownership and democratic management.

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    Re: Wal-Mart

    Quote Originally Posted by Awesome! View Post
    Should Wal-Mart be unionized to help give their workers a better wage?
    What do you mean better wages? When I worked at Wal-Mart I was making $11.80/hr after 6 months. Around these parts that is not chump change. Especially when, at the time, minimum wage was $6.25/hr. (or there abouts) So they actually pay pretty decent.

    What they do need to work on is their attitude towards people that can't make it to work for valid reasons....like hitting a deer at 60 mph. About the only time they will excuse an absense is when you are on your deathbed or a close family member dies. Other than that you're screwed blued and tattooed.

    Edit note: BTW...wheres the poll?
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    Re: Wal-Mart

    Quote Originally Posted by Awesome! View Post
    Should Wal-Mart be unionized to help give their workers a better wage?
    No.

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