[quote]Originally posted by ShawnPatrickJoyce:
<strong>What do you think about when you shop at Wal-Mart? Do you see low prices and capitalize on buying as much as you can? Do you consider that they're the Dell of the retail industry thus avoiding it like the plague?
Well consider these
" target="_blank">Wal-Mart Values</a>. Agree or disagree that unionization could alleviate those problems- it doesn't matter. Discuss.</strong><hr></blockquote>
You brought up a good issue here SPJ and I give you a lot of credit for this issue.
First off I will say that I believe Wal-Mart has practices that are anti-employee. I believe Wal-Mart has policies that strain workers and managers to perform in ways that are both against the law and are again anti-employee. I believe Wal-Mart in their goal to run a lean machine has indeed met that goal but at too high a cost. The cost does not go away in a vacuum. The workers are forced to face steep penalty such as losing their job if their performance does not live up to the demands Wal-Mart expects. In most Business this is not such a bad or strange thing however with Wal-Mart it is a very serious problem. Bad choices are made out of fear of penalty by various manager levels of Wal-Mart employees. This is so that the quota is met in order that their job is not lost. This results in outrageous abuse for all Wal-Mart employees.
I for one will not step foot in a Wal-Mart store. I take my business to other places of business Target is one place I turn to. I have two different friends of mine that back in the day when around age 16-17 one worked at Wal-Mart and one worked for Target and I can tell you there is a VAST difference in structure and employee respect and management.
Will a union help with the Wal-Mart situation? It could help the employees. I do think there are other much more dominent proplems that lead to what we find with Wal-Mart however. The stated goal of being a discount price leader from the get go presents Wal-Mart with a tall order to fill. This order is filled by abuse of employees and Supplier strong arming. Wal-Mart puts tremendous pressure on the Suppliers as well to sell to Wal-Mart at a low low price with threat of cancelation if the lower prices are not agreed to. This pressure all adds up to why Wal-Mart is a low cost provider of goods. As I see how this works with them I never and I mean I never step foot in their stores. Back to will Unions help. As I said earlier sure they could but what we are really facing is a segment of the public in the marketplace who are Wal-Mart customers who want the bottom line price. These customers don't go to Wal-Mart for the service I can tell you that. These customers do not go there for the feel of a fancy department store shopping experience. These shoppers shop there for the bottom line price on goods. This was a good stategy for Wal-Mart to bet on as far as knowing what the consumer wants.
I believe the solution to this problem falls into several components. First of all bad press on what Wal-Mart does with its poor treatment is all game. Let it be seen on the media how Wal-Mart treats employees. This I would hope would change the minds of some would be Wal-Mart shoppers. Secondly we must as a society prefer to be an educated society. More people need a college / University education. With more education as a priority we will invent and service higher paying jobs all together. In such a situation of higher levels of education less people would be willing to entertain the idea of working at a place like Wal-Mart for such low wages or salary. Education is key for this. We will never fix this situation until people realize that education opens doors. Unions are sometimes needed for basic humane issues. I do think however that it would be the wrong choice to always rely on a union to protect low skill jobs in order to get ahead. The true way to get ahead is by way of Education, Training, Talent and Problem Solving Skills. Where Wal-Mart is concerned in this case however I would have no problem with a union penetrating their oppressive system and putting pressure to change it for the better.
[ 11-27-2002: Message edited by: FellowshipChurch iBook ]</p>