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  •  but in a lot of places (2+ / 0-)
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    BitterEnvy, schnecke21

    it is indeed the only place in town to work.

    In my town, it surely is. The one factory people get on there and stay forever, the wages are that good.

    Also, this bothers me as it has a whiff of libertarian garbage.  This is about treating people decently and fairly not about "love it or leave it mentality". Walmart is an evil entity, and treats it workers as their own personal serfs.

    •  Can't be (0+ / 0-)

      It can't be the only place to work, otherwise everyone would just be selling to themselves.

      I'm all in favor of Wal-Mart unionizing if they want to do that, but voting with your feet is another means of getting change.  If people refuse to work at a place with low wages and bad working conditions, either the company will change or it will go out of business.  Call that libertarian if you want, but it does work.

      •  no it doesn't (1+ / 0-)
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        and have you studied labor in the 1930s?
        come back and talk to me about this once you have.

        •  We're not in a depression (0+ / 0-)

          Unemployment's 7.8%, not 25%.  People have other options.  Not everyone, but should be enough.  If Wal-Mart's that bad and pays so little, they should have a difficult time hiring and retaining workers.

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