May 8th, 2007 10:07 EST
Hostile interrogation. Secret surveillance. And if all else fails? Firing.
Why does a typical day at Wal-Mart sound like a spy movie?
We all know that when Wal-Mart employees try to form a union, they face threats, intimidation, and even firing. And a shocking new report reveals they`re being followed, too " by the store`s own security cameras!
These revelations come just as Wal-Mart appoints Pat Curran as its new Executive Vice President of People " (that`s Wal-Mart whitewash-speak for Human Resources). Let`s congratulate Curran on her promotion " and demand that she put an end to these tactics.
A new report from our friends at Human Rights Watch details just how far Wal-Mart will go to stop its employees from forming unions. The report features incredible stories from employees like Terry Daly, whose job at a Wal-Mart in Arizona was to supposedly prevent shoplifting. Instead, he was asked to turn security cameras on workers like Brad Jones, an employee with a spotless record whose only "crime` was trying to form a union:
Apparently, Wal-Mart is more interested in busting unions than preventing shoplifting. Tell Wal-Mart to stop the spy games!
Imagine the fear of trying to form a union under these conditions. According to a South Carolina Wal-Mart employee interviewed in the report:
That quote comes from one of the stores Pat Curran used to oversee. Which means Wal-Mart`s new Executive VP of People " knows all about unionbusting.
Tell Pat Curran congrats on her new corner office. Then tell her to earn her new title " and stop treating her own people like the enemy.
Thanks for all that you do to support workers` rights!
American Rights at Work