Walmart: We Only Can Compete on our Everyday Low Wages!


Sorry if this place is getting to sound like WalMart-City but Lord knows they're in the news a lot and they are, after all, "America's Largest Employer"!

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Walmart In Chicago


Great corporate citizen (not):

The suit [by temp works] claims Labor Ready and QPS, two of the staffing agencies Walmart uses in the Chicago area, failed to provide workers assigned to Walmart stores with information related to their employment, such as employment notices and proper wage payment notices as required by Illinois law.

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NPR: Citizens United is Good for Unions Too!


Actually the segment on NPR's All Things Considered was titled, 'Citizen's United Ruling Benefits Union Campaigners'.

It was about as close to propaganda as NPR can get. The very notion that Unions, in decline for the past 30 years and who represent maybe 8% of workers in the private sector and a bit more in government -- that Unions can come even close to matching what Corporate America is putting together is disingenuous to say the least.

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In Race to White House, Dems are Outspent 10-to-1


bag_of_money.png Actually the title reads, "Romney Allies Outspend Obama 2-1 This Week".

Just '2-1'? Naturally that's where the Democrat currently is enjoying the benefits of incumbency. What happens when this isn't the case, say in 2016, and the floodgates really do open? 10-to-1 may be 'low-balling' the advantage.

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Walmart - Not in My Neighborhood


I've been seeing this on a number of stores in the neighborhood.

UPDATE: Perfect timing: Economist Mark Thoma writes the post, "What's Good for Wal-Mart Isn’t Necessarily What’s Good for America"

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Re: Amazon's Notice of Contract Termination Due to New Illinois Law‏


We only want good corporate citizens here! Good Riddance, and don't let the door hit you on the way out.

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Scare Tactics from Amazon


I don't know if I ever want to shop from Amazon again. Here's what they're sending by email to all their Associates:

"We regret to inform you that the Illinois state legislature has passed an unconstitutional tax collection scheme that, if signed by Governor Quinn, would leave little choice but to end its relationships with Illinois-based Associates."

In other words, if passed, we'll dump you. Unbelievable.

See complete email after the jump...

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Unwelcomed Guests


So apparently all the food deserts elsewhere in the city have been filled:

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has found a site for its first small-box store in Chicago, with a deal to lease about 30,000 square feet in a three-level retail center in the Lakeview neighborhood, according to real estate sources.

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