The real bait-and-switch is happening right now, as politicians who once called for city-wide agreements and reasonable wages at local Walmart stores -- including the mayor and two mayoral candidates -- switch their rhetoric and their votes.
Not counting all the other bad things that have happened recently, two ambitious AFL-CIO endeavors have failed spectacularly: Organizing Wal-Mart Stores and gaining a significant foothold in the Deep South.
Last month, beginning on November 27 in Los Angeles the longshoremen shut down the Long Beach and LA container ports. This strike got little national coverage but this strike actually shut down the movement of all those goods to all those Wal-Mart stores.
I did not spend Thanksgiving evening with my wife and my five children. I spent it, instead, handing out turkey sandwiches to workers in Walmart. And showing my support for one brave soul who walked off the job in protest against exploitation.
Al Norman's new book Occupy Walmart, a collection of his essays written over the years, is timely because it reminds the reader of the fundamental flaws at Walmart that create problems like those recently exposed by the New York Times.