Wal-Mart Associates March on Arkansas Corporate Headquarters; Demand Better Treatment

 More than 100 Wal-Mart workers and their supporters traveled from all over the U.S. to march on the company's Bentonville, Arkansas headquarters on Thursday and demand better treatment.

KNWA television, a Fox affiliate, was on the scene and has video at their website. Wal-Mart executives actually greeted the protesters and claimed to hear their message. NWA reports: 

Karen Casey, Senior Vice President of Labor Relations says "Our cornerstone at Wal-Mart is respect for the individual and we expect that to be exercised--"

"Well then that needs to drain down to the stores, because your store managers lost it," says Misty Tanner. She traveled from Seattle just to have her voice heard.

Even while talking with the workers, the Wal-Mart execs can't resist a dogwhistle. "Respect for the individual" may be a core value of Wal-Mart, especially since the company is known for its vicious anti-union tactics. Individuals are great. Individuals coming together to form a union, not so much. 

As Sarah Seltzer detailed this week, Wal-Mart's atrocious labor practices have been attracting notice and complaint lately. 

Meanwhile, the workers say that if they don't see results from this conversation, they'll be back. 

AlterNet / By Sarah Jaffe

Posted at June 17, 2011, 5:23am

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