“Why should the government punish a business that has figured
out the most successful way to provide goods?” I have an idea
In Colorado, more than 69,000 current and former employees sued
Wal-Mart for being forced to work unpaid overtime and won. There
have been 27 other states that have seen the same type of suits
filed. In 1999 they were sued for using sweatshop labor. The
surprising thing is this sweatshop was on American soil, in the
U.S. Commonwealth of Saipan. They also employ workers in Bangladesh
12 hours a day for 9 to 20 cents per hour. They buy clothing
produced in a factory being run by a Burmese drug lord.
Wal-Mart employs 72 percent of its staff as women, but only
about 33 percent of its female employees are promoted.
I don’t have enough time to explain all the union-breaking
activities in Texas.
Sam Walton died in 1992, and since then his “American Dream” has
become a human rights nightmare. I agree that a business should be
allowed to be successful, but of all the businesses to choose to
make that point with, you choose one of the worst examples.
Wal-Mart’s success was only gained by stepping on the backs of
those that can’t do anything about it.
For more details on the information I’ve presented here, go to
www. Responsibleshopper.org. I couldn’t do any justice to how evil
Wal-Mart really is in this short column.