Well, this is one of those instances, when I wish the thread title didn’t have to match the article…it looks like “big labor” is responsible for the big push against Wal-mart.
In just the past year, two union-backed groups have formed with the shared mission of challenging the megaretailer’s business, labor, environmental and social standards.
Another labor-supported group, Wal-Mart Watch, is housed in a corporate-looking downtown Washington office with plush leather chairs and curving stalks of pale green lucky bamboo in the waiting room. The mostly young staff is dressed in jeans and khakis. The organization has 36 employees, including 14 who work in the field.
Both organizations have gotten or now get funding from labor unions, which have tried unsuccessfully for years to unionize workers at the retailer. Wal-Mart Watch was launched in April by Andrew Stern, a union leader whose Service Employees International Union left the AFL-CIO last summer.