Master's, if it existed today, would have been gutted by monolithic Wal-mart, whose "Save Money, Live Better" mantra masks a business strategy that demands lower costs for the goods it sells. This, in turn, sends manufacturing jobs to countries that don't defend the safety of their employees. That's what unions did best: they led the push for safer working conditions and livable wages.
|By Walmart from Bentonville, USA (Walmart’s Grease Fuel Truck)|
via Wikimedia Commons
Wal-mart, on its foundation website, says: "It’s our mission to create opportunities so people can live better. We consider it our responsibility to make a positive impact in the communities we serve." As a public relations strategy, the company's grants to local community organizations are noteworthy. But is that really living better?
That slogan somehow inconsistent with shuttering a store in a community of about 55,000, just to smack down a few employees seeking better workplace conditions and consistency of wages.
If you want a broader perspective of Wal-mart's practices, devote some time to viewing "Wal-mart: The High Cost of Low Prices," now viewable on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jazb24Q2s94 .
If you prefer to act, however, just shop elsewhere. Don't fall for "Save Money, Live Better" slogans from a company that often works to dismantle the quality of life in communities where it does business.