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The drive to organize the mega-retailer has been no more successful than the U.S. government's War on Drugs. Not one single Walmart store in the U.S. has voted to go union. Not to criticize the AFL-CIO, but that seems like a statistical impossibility. Even a banjo hitter gets the occasional homerun.
In his State of the Union Address, the president said that a person holding down a full-time job should not have to live in poverty in a country like America. I could not agree more; for the last few months I've lived like the people he referred to, and it is not a pretty picture.
Around the country, Americans are not only lobbying their Congressmembers to support legislation to reduce gun violence, they are also voting with their dollars -- through pension funds, government purchasing policies, and university endowments.
Having the world's biggest retailer take on one of the biggest challenges facing veterans and their families -- unemployment -- will undoubtedly help end this national crisis. Hiring 100,000 over five years: It's a big bold initiative from an iconic American brand.
Walmart should be unionized. So should McDonalds. So should every major big-box retailer and fast-food outlet in the nation. So should every hospital in America. Everyone -- even the very rich -- would benefit.
Does Gpv. Shumlin seriously think Vermonters are going to spend more money simply because they have another place to buy Chinese-made underwear? Cutting the retail pie thinner does not create net new jobs.
Without placing a priority on creating not just jobs but good, union jobs, our economy will remain at a standstill for anyone but the 1 percent.
While some locals will continue to decry the presence of the new store, the fact is that Boulder residents have the opportunity to vote with their dollars, because in the end it's a simple equation for any retailer: If people come and shop, the company thrives.
We can be sure of one thing: Wal-Mart has promised before that it would Buy American -- and it didn't. Like Sam Walton's promises 20 years ago, Bill Simon's rediscovery of American manufacturing in 2013 isn't worth the paper his press release was printed on.
Oddly, the top international cyclist -- Lance Armstrong -- and the top international retailer --Walmart -- revealed last week that they have much in common. No, not doping. It's their dopey concept of the atonement process.
Wal-Mart, the retail leader in the outsourcing American jobs, has clearly been feeling the pressure of the growing Made in USA movement.
Walmart made a little bit of news on Tuesday announcing plans to source an additional $50 billion worth of American-made goods over the next decade. But it's also worth noting that Walmart's move is not altogether altruistic.
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Retail jobs are a crucial source of income for the families of workers in this sector, so why are there currently more than one million retail workers and their family members living in or near poverty? That's not what economic recovery looks like.
So vast and fiery are the problems that it may seem impossible to imagine that solutions exist or that change may be imminent. And yet, 2012 brought advances and victories that shifted the debate, transformed power, and won real gains in quality of life.