August 17, 2008

Wal-Mart's Ideological Indoctrination

Tell the FEC: Investigate Wal-Mart!
Well, today Change to Win, along with many other labor groups, delivered a formal complaint to the Federal Election Commission asking them to stop Wal-Mart’s pressure program:
Ideological Indoctrination at Walmart?

Tell The FEC to In
vestigate Walmart's Mandatory Political Meetings
Help us hold Walmart accountable for the tasteless, possibly illegal political meetings held nation wide
Mandatory political indoctrination, Democrat-bashing, voter intimidation. Yes, it's business as usual at Wal-Mart.
This summer, Wal-Mart has organized mandatory meetings across the country, all with one purpose: to intimidate rank-and-file employees into voting Republican. The company's workers have been forced to attend ideologically-charged, Wal-Mart-sponsored rants against Democrats, Barack Obama, and landmark legislation that would make it easier for workers to vote for or against representation.
We have received several calls from workers, their stories are very similar and similarly unsettling. As one worker put it, "they were telling me how to vote." Another Wal-Mart worker, Beth from Alabama, was told by Wal-Mart management that if she "voted for John McCain, then everything would be okay."
We believe that ideological indoctrination and political scare tactics are completely inappropriate for the workplace. Yet again, Wal-Mart's management has crossed the line, possibly breaking the law in the process. In light of these developments, we are calling for an immediate FEC investigation into Wal-Mart's political bullying at work, but we need your help to make a real impact.
Please tell th
e FEC to investigate Wal-Mart's mandatory political meetings today. Sign the petition on this page [link below] to send a complaint to the FEC in your name.
Outright political intimidation may seem too risqué for a global corporation. Not for Wal-Mart. Stories like the above are actually an emerging part of Bentonville's corporate culture.
Take 2006, when Wal-Mart organized a "voter education program" for employees. The company placed Terry Nelson at the helm: formerly George W. Bush's political director, and later fired for making racist ads about a Democratic politician. Unsurprisingly, Wal-Mart's "education" program amounted to a thin veneer over strident attacks against Democratic candidates nation wide.
Why has Wal-Mart made such an effort to control its workers' voting habits? For one, The company is terrified that Democratic gains will ensure passage of the Employee Free Choice Act. For Wal-Mart, an organized workforce could spell higher wages and better benefits—two things the company has fought tirelessly to avoid.
In the end, Wal-Mart's motives are a moot point. The company has crossed the line, again, and it's time to hold them accountable. You can help us end Wal-Mart's sleazy political schemes by taking a moment to write the FEC today.
Please use the form on this page [link below] to write the FEC and demand an investigation into Wal-Mart's mandatory employee meetings

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