By leaning on taxpayers, these chains are gaining an unfair financial advantage over more responsible businesses. The public cost of ensuring that employees of these companies have health insurance and enough to live on represents, in effect, a hidden corporate subsidy.
The odds are stacked against anyone who challenges corporate hierarchy. Changes affecting the workforce are implemented without asking what their workers think. This is the precise reason why American workers have begun to fight back.
So what's the secret to Walmart's "success" in remaining 100 percent nonunion? In short, it's the corporation's thorough exploitation of our nation's anemic labor laws.
Today's communications between customers and companies - about reviews or complaints, customer service praises or critiques, and assessments of a company's social or environmental records - are often animated, emotional, and highly visible. Just ask Applebee's.
As Anne Fisher reminded us in Fortune, 40 percent of new leaders fail in their first 18 months. Generally this is because they don't fit, fail to deli...
If workers now earning $8 an hour inside warehouses or at fast-food counters manage to get more pay, they are not going to hide the extra money in the Cayman Islands or leave it to their heirs via elaborate trusts. They will go out and spend it almost immediately, boosting their local economies.
Profit will out, whether in Wall Street boardrooms or in the ashes of a south Asian sweatshop. All of which makes for ever wealthier plutocrats, consumers kept content with cheap goods, and if we do nothing about it, lousy citizens.
When employers can get away with exploiting guest workers, it drives down wages and conditions for all by forcing U.S. workers into a race to the bottom.
By refusing to join other clothing retailers in a binding agreement to protect Bangladeshi workers, more than 1,200 of whom have died in factory fires and collapses in recent months, Gap is saying: You and I, we're not the same; I don't hear your voice or want to know your name.
A business is as much a living organism as a person. We equate growth and change as natural, as well as necessary, stages in one's lifecycle.
If Walmart builds its Midtown Miami location as it is designed today, the potential for pedestrian injury could be high. The plan is riddled with design flaws and areas that don't meet zoning code.
(This article is published in "The Louisiana Weekly" in the May 20, 2013 edition.) New Orleans resident Barbara Risin has lived in the first block ...
A study recently found that the Roberts Court is the most business-friendly of any court in at least the last 65 years. More alarmingly, the top two justices most likely to vote in favor of big business -- out of all justices since 1946 -- are Chief Justice Roberts and Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr.
Walmart's plan has not complied since conception, nor at any time of submission -- because it is basically the same request, only repeated, and repeated again.
Perhaps the next time America's biggest retailer campaigns to ban the sale of certain products in order to keep kids safe, it should look to its own sporting goods section.
A closer examination of what Walmart is and isn't doing reveals a company that in fact lags its peers on renewable energy and is contributing a large and growing volume of climate change pollution to the atmosphere.