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View Diary: Wal-Mart: abandon your children or be fired (229 comments)

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    There's a reason they call economics the dismal science. We have a moral responsibility to give people dignity and decent working conditions, but it doesn't work if you mandate strong worker protections in an economy that can't support them, ie places where supply and demand of labor are heavily in favor of employers. The end result of the supermarket strike/lockout in Southern California was a caste system, employees with seniority under the old contract have good living wages and health benefits, new hires are paid pretty much like Walmart.

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