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Workers’ Rights, from WalMart to Wisconsin

The New York Times, Feb. 26, 2015




Wisconsin state workers have a union (sort-of, after being emasculated by Gov. Scott Walker). WalMart workers do not. Yet even while Walker gleefully hacks away at workers’ rights, WalMart has slightly raised its average minimum wage and is giving workers a bit more control over their   crazy piecemeal schedule. Is that proof that unions don’t work? No — although they have been sorely weakened. Rather, it proves that public pressure does work. But it only works on companies that have to sell goods to customers and thus worry about their image. Politicians only have to cater to voters, who are more easily manipulated because they’re not laying out their dollars on the spot. Score one for capitalist democracy over pure democracy?


From the other side: Check out my book reviews for The National at http://www.thenational.ae/featured-content/search?searchKey=Fran+Hawthorne&choice=true&pageNumber=1 and The New York Journal of Books at http://www.nyjournalofbooks.com/search/apachesolr_search/Fran%20Hawthorne

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