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  •  Walmart's problem with this? Unions (3+ / 0-)
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    As I heard it in a public radio story on WAMC this morning, Marketplace,

    In last month’s tragedy, there were reports that some workers were told they must come to work even after cracks appeared in the building. “Half of the problem is the fact that workers are not able to speak up,” says Gearhart. “Having trade unions at the table makes all the difference.”

    But trade unions may be a big part of why most of the big U.S. retailers, including Wal-Mart, the Gap, Target and J.C Penny,  have not signed on to the Accord.

    On Tuesday, Wal-Mart issued a statement saying that while it agreed with much of the Accord, it did not feel comfortable with “requirements, including governance and dispute resolution mechanisms, on supply chain matters that are appropriately left to retailers, suppliers and government.”

    Marshall Cohen, a retail analyst with NPD Group, put it more bluntly. “Any time you use the word union in retail, they get nervous.”

    emphasis added

    Gives truth to the old adage that if you look closely at any great fortune, it usually involves blood at some point.

    "No special skill, no standard attitude, no technology, and no organization - no matter how valuable - can safely replace thought itself."

    by xaxnar on Wed May 15, 2013 at 05:43:32 PM PDT

    •  I heard that. (1+ / 0-)
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      It was so disheartening how American companies in general lagged in support of true safety and how Walmart was going to game it. They're all saying, "Let's make sure minimizing deaths doesn't eat into our profit margin."

      I went thrift shopping today. I love thrifting books and tchotchkes but I'm not such a fan of thrifted clothes. I bought a dress and some shoes, a first for me. I just don't want to support the death retailers anymore.

      Get old and do lots of stuff in the process. Half of the fun is trying everything out. --Noddy

      by Debby on Wed May 15, 2013 at 06:27:59 PM PDT

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