Saturday, February 14, 2009
"If you're not pissed off, you aren't paying attention"
Wal-Mart's in the news again. It appears an appeals court may take away the class action classification of their huge discrimination suit. 1.6 million women, who are part of the largest class action suit in history, would be disbanded and forced to pursue individual legal actions.
OK, I confess, I'm not unbiased in this case, because I worked for those fuckers for years, and I think the big bosses in Bentonville are evil. For example, Wal-Mart is aggressive in challenging workers' injury claims. In Washington state, their SOP of denying every claim gave the state reason to take away control of their workers' compensation funds. Wal-Mart has lost in court for failure to pay overtime, not allowing legal breaks and meals, and violating child labor laws.
The current legal process attempts to prove Wal-Mart favored men over women in job benefits. Although two-thirds of Wal-Mart's employees are female, only one-third of management is, and only 15% of store managers are women. Wally world is frantically trying to recruit more women to management positions, while claiming they have no prejudices.
Even male cashiers average being paid more than female cashiers, at W-M. In general, hourly employees have an annual gap in wages of $1,100, with the male gender holding the advantage, while the gap expands to a $14,500 chasm between male and female managers.
This great American institution was founded and run by good old boys, from the South, who thought if women didn't stay in the kitchen, they should at least remain subservient. Were they unfair to women? Hell, yes. They were unfair to every employee they possibly could be, in their perpetual pursuit of profit.
Shit, I'm so mad, I'm starting to alliterate. These are the same assholes, who when they control our government, do everything they can to make the rich richer at the expense of everyone else. Thus, the poor get poorer, and you know the rest.
What has that to do with other news, such as the bail out and the stimulus package? You're smart enough to figure that out.