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Kathy Dopp, founder of UtahCountVotes.org, reported that a company representative told the decision-makers in 2006 that Diebold “has about 20 offices in Utah.” When pressed further, the representative refused to give the locations of any of the offices.
...when the addresses of offices listed under Diebold in the White Pages were visited, the addresses turned out to belong to either a Wal-Mart, a Sam's Club, or no building at all.
...a similar scam existed in New York, with another Diebold listing in Buffalo turning out to be a Wal-Mart. Out of 13 listings in Florida, 5 turned out to be Wal-Marts. Similar office listings have been uncovered in Alabama, Mississippi, and New Hampshire.
The measure, called the Employee Free Choice Act, would allow labor organizations to unionize workplaces without secret ballot elections. It was co-sponsored by Barack Obama, the presumed Democratic presidential candidate, and opposed by John McCain, the presumed Republican nominee.
The original report from The Wall Street Journal:
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is mobilizing its store managers and department supervisors around the country to warn that if Democrats win power in November, they'll likely change federal law to make it easier for workers to unionize companies -- including Wal-Mart.
In recent weeks, thousands of Wal-Mart store managers and department heads have been summoned to mandatory meetings at which the retailer stresses the downside for workers if stores were to be unionized.
According to about a dozen Wal-Mart employees who attended such meetings in seven states, Wal-Mart executives claim that employees at unionized stores would have to pay hefty union dues while getting nothing in return, and may have to go on strike without compensation. Also, unionization could mean fewer jobs as labor costs rise ...
The Wal-Mart human-resources managers who run the meetings don't specifically tell attendees how to vote in November's election, but make it clear that voting for Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama would be tantamount to inviting unions in, according to Wal-Mart employees who attended gatherings in Maryland, Missouri and other states.
"The meeting leader said, 'I am not telling you how to vote, but if the Democrats win, this bill will pass and you won't have a vote on whether you want a union,'" said a Wal-Mart customer-service supervisor from Missouri. "I am not a stupid person. They were telling me how to vote," she said.
Wal-Mart kicked off its new, employee “Vote Stupid” campaign recently by calling managers to mandatory meetings where they were encouraged to be, well, stupider.
“You’re already a little daft to be working for an evil empire like ours,” Wal-Mart officials reportedly told managers in such meetings. “But there are ways you can be much, much thicker. That’s what the Vote Stupid campaign is all about. This is your time. Vote against your best interests. Vote Stupid.”
Wal-Mart informed employees that by voting against their own best interests — by voting against Democrats promoting legislation to make union organizing easier inside union-busting companies like Wal-Mart — they’d be selflessly voting in the best interests of others, namely Wal-Mart’s.
The company says its multi-million dollar, Vote Stupid outreach program is just another one of the ways Wal-Mart shows its employee “family” it cares.
“We treat all our employees like family,” said Wal-Mart officials. “Being an Arkansas company, that has sometimes been a problem. But not as much as it used to be. These days, it’s mostly just chaining doors shut to keep cleaning crews inside, that kind of stuff.”
Wal-Mart considers their Vote Stupid campaign not only pro-family, but pro-American.
“Bottom line, this country just does better when our employees don’t.”