Wednesday, May 04, 2005
Love Mom, Not Wal-Mart
In the struggle to unionize Wal-Mart, it seems that the momentum has swung decidedly to the side of the workers. CNTODD at Freiheit und Wissen highlights a recent article in the NY Times (read his post here). For this Mother's Day (Sunday, May 8th), The UFCW unveiled the "Mother of all Mother's Day" card; an 8 foot by 8 foot Mother's Day card which is a symbol of Wal-Mart's discrimination record against women workers.
The good news here is the sheer scale of the movement to bring Wal-Mart into check. Along with the UFCW, the SEIU has launched a campaign to help in orgainzing Wal-Mart. Members of the IWW/IU 660 Retail Workers Union have started a Wal-Mart wiki.
The overall impact is that the general citizenry and elected officials are waking up to the fact that Wal-Mart is bad for communities and bad for people. There are dozens of politicians mobilizing against the unjust interests of Wal-Mart, and Wal-Mart's sweetheart DOL deal is under increasing scrutiny (Dems with balls!).
This is a watershed moment in the history of labor activism post 9/11. Across the country and the world labor is letting managment know that they are sick and tired of the status quo and that the works will simply not take it any more.
Solidarity brothers and sisters -- and mothers!