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Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
[est. 1962]

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“Wal-Mart is going in and slaughtering [small towns] just as we once killed the buffalo.”
Garrison Keillor

"Wal-Mart comprises 8% of the U.S. Gross National Product."
— C.N.N. Radio (March 2006)

"I have taken this stand: I have not and will never set foot inside either Wal-Mart or Sam's Club."
G.E. Nordell

          h i s t o r y
          t e x t
          h e r e
  • 1962 July 2: Opening of the first Wal-Mart store in Rogers, Arkansas by brothers James and Sam Walton, called 'Wal-Mart Discount City'.
  • 2009: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. is the world's largest public corporation by revenue, and is so large that its 2008 U.S. sales were almost 50 percent more than its seven closest competitors combined, including Target and Sears.
  • 2011 June 20: The U.S. Supreme Court struck another blow for fascism and against freedom and liberty in the Dukes v Wal-Mart Stores [2000-2011] case by eliminating class action lawsuits against corporations.
  • 2012 Nov 23: 'Black Friday' shopping day protests against Wal-Mart's vile labor practices by both union and non-union picketers.

  • The United Food and Commercial Workers International Union already has or is working to gain representation of workers at Wal-Mart in the U.S. Wal-Mart management kept tightening the screws – firing organizers, cutting hours per employee, holding mandatory meetings to tell employees who to vote for in local elections – so the kettle began to boil. Wildcat strikes and protests began at stores in October and November 2012, then union and non-union groups decided to stage demonstrations during the 'Black Friday' shopping frenzy on the day after Thanksgiving. Wal-Mart filed a legal complaint with the N.L.R.B. asserting illegal picketing, but the N.L.R.B.'s decision not to decide allowed the protests against Wal-Mart's vile labor practices to take place on November 23. Wal-Mart corporate downplayed the turnout, reporting that only fifty employees participated nationwide. Objective reports counted 1,000 protestors in Paramount, California - 17 identified as employees; 400 rallied at one Maryland store; 200 in bitter-cold St. Paul, Minnesota; large crowds protested in California, Oklahoma, DC Metro, and New Mexico, plus hundreds of other stores. (Broadcast media failed their duty to report anything, most likely to protect Wal-Mart ad revenue.)

    Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. [est. 1962] entry at Wikipedia
    Sam Walton [1918-92] entry at Wikipedia
    Walmart Stores, Inc. corporate website
    Walmart {dot} com shopping website
    Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. Common Stock Quote & Summary Data at NASDAQ

    Working Minds Essay #94 [May 2011]: "Wal-Mart Bad, Local Businesses Good"

    non-union 'OUR Walmart' group • union-based 'Making Change At Wal-Mart' group

    Boycott Wal-Mart !!!
    . . . or said another way: "Boycott WongMart!!"

    poster & link for Wal-Mart Black Friday Boycott of November 2012

    Primary  Divisions
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    blue diamond logo for Sam's Club subsidiary of Wal-Mart, Inc.
    Sam's  Club [est. 1983]
    official website • entry at Wikipedia
    Large-quantity warehouse stores named after Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton [1918-92]; recent stats show 615 stores in the U.S.A. (46 states), and 25 or so
    stores outside the U.S. Members pay an annual fee, non-members pay 10% surcharge, one-day passes are often included in newspaper ads. Sam's Club ranks
    second on sales revenue - $56 billion for FY 2014 - behind Costco Wholesale [est. 1976] with $112.64 billion in FY 2014; BJ's Wholesale Club [est. 1984] is
    a distant third, with $10.9 billion for FY 2011.


    sold McLane Company, Inc. to Berkshire-Hathaway in May 2003

    Jet.com online clothing reseller [est. 2014]         ModCloth clothing for young women [est. 2002]         Moosejaw outdoor apparel retailer [est. 1992]         online Bonobos men's clothing retailer [est. 2007]         ShoeBuy.com is now shoes.com [est. 1999, renamed 4/2017]
    Wal-Mart purchased independent internet retailer Jet.com [est. 4/2014] in September 2016 for $3.3B. Took a while, but when women shoppers realized that Jet owned popular clothing site ModCloth.com [est. 2002] (and thus Wal-Mart owned ModCloth), they began a boycott at #byeModCloth over Wal-Mart's worldwide abuse of women (equal pay, hourly pay, family leave issues). Supporters can sign the petition at Action Network, sponsored by DailyKos. Other brands that are subsidiaries of Jet.com include Bonobos, Hayneedle, Moosejaw, and ShoeBuy.

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    Movies  About  Wal-Mart, Inc.
    search on keyword 'wal-mart' on the Internet Movie Database

    Store Wars / Wal-Mart  "Store Wars: When Wal-Mart Comes To Town" [2001]
    Directed by Micha X. Peled

    Teddy Bear Films color DVD [6/2002] for $22.99
    Teddy Bear Films color VHS [6/2002] for $19.90
    full credits from IMDb • P.B.S.-ITVS official movie site
    Frontline / Wal-Mart / America  "P.B.S. Frontline: Is Wal-Mart Good For America?" [WGBH/PBS Nov 2004]
    Co-produced, co-written & directed by Rick Young; co-produced & co-written by Hedrick Smith
    PBS Home Video color DVD [10/2005] for $24.28
    full credits at IMDb • PBS official movie pages

    "Why Wal*Mart Works: and Why That Drives Some People C-r-a-z-y" video release
    [Hannover House Nov 2005]
    Why Wal*Mart Works 2005 propaganda video release  Intended as antidote to Greenwald's documentary, advertised as "A look at the pathology behind the attacks on retail giant Wal-Mart". Really? 'Pathology'? Filmmakers Robert & Ron Galloway conclude that the primary source of Wal-Mart's success is the happy Wal-Mart Family of 1.3M employees (who then served nearly 138-million shoppers every week). Well, except for the wage-slaves in Communist China, and the part-time workers in America forced to work overtime for free and without health benefits, and if they even say the word 'union' they just might get fired. Legitimate concerns are not covered within this low-budget propaganda piece.
    DVD is out of production & official website disappeared • bare credits from IMDb

    "Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price"
    [Brave New Films Nov 2005]
    anti-WalMart movie  Co-produced & directed by Robert Greenwald
    Disinformation Co. color DVD [11/2005] for $12.95
    full credits from IMDb • official movie site
    companion book [2005] by Greg Spotts
    Disinformation Co. 8x5 movie tie-in pb [11/2005] for $9.95

    Books  About  Wal-Mart, Inc.
    browse books at Amazon on keyword 'Wal-Mart' {returns 7,600+ titles}
    browse books at Amazon on keyword 'WalMart' {returns 2,100+ titles}

    Slam-Dunking Wal-Mart!  "Slam-Dunking Wal-Mart!: How You Can Stop Superstore Sprawl In Your Hometown" [1999] by Al Norman
    Raphel Marketing 8¾x5¾ pb [11/2003] for $19.95
    Raphel Marketing 9¼x6¼ hardcover [7/99] out of print/used
    Al's 'Sprawl Busters' website
    Wal-Mart Destroying America   "How Wal*Mart is Destroying America (and The World) & What You Can Do About It" [2000] by Bill Quinn
    Ten Speed Press 8x5 pb [4/2005] for $8.76
    Case Against Wal-Mart  "The Case Against Wal-Mart" [2004] by Al Norman
    Raphel Marketing 6x9 pb [4/2004] for $19.95
    Al's 'Sprawl Busters' website
    Selling Women Short   "Selling Women Short: The Landmark Battle For Worker's Rights At
    Wal-Mart" [2004] by Liza Featherstone

    Basic Books 8x5¼ pb [9/2005] for $10.17
    bargain price hardcover for $4.99
    Basic Books 8½x5½ hardcover [11/2004] for $16.50
    United States of Wal-Mart   "The United States of Wal-Mart" [2005]
    by John Dicker

    Tarcher 8¼x5½ pb [6/2005] for $9.97
    Wal-Mart High Cost Low Price  "Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price" [2005]
    by Greg Spotts, Introduction by Robert Greenwald

    Disinformation Co. 8x5 movie tie-in pb [11/2005] for $9.95
    Wal-Mart Effect  "The Wal-Mart Effect: How The World's Most Powerful Company Really Works – and How It's Transforming The American Economy" [2006]
    by Charles Fishman

    "... his carefully balanced approach only makes the downside of Wal-Mart's market dominance
    more vivid."

    Penguin hardcover[1/2006] for $17.13
    Tantor Media audio CD [2/2006] for $22.04

    Wal-Mart The Face of Capitalism  
    "Wal-Mart: The Face of 21st Century Capitalism" [2006]
    Edited by Nelson Lichtenstein

    New Press 8x8 pb [1/2006] for $13.57
    Small-Mart Revolution  "The Small-Mart Revolution: How Local Businesses Are Beating The Global Competition" [2006]
    by Michael H. Shuman, Foreword by Bill McKibben

    Berrett-Koehler hardcover [6/2006] for $16.32
    Big-Box Swindle   "Big-Box Swindle: The True Cost of Mega-Retailers & The Fight For America's Independent Businesses" [2006]
    by Stacy Mitchell

    Beacon Press 9x6¼ pb [11/2006] for $16.47
    Beacon Press hardcover [11/2006] for $25.95
    Wal-Mart Revolution white-wash book by Richard Vedder & Wendell Cox  "The Wal-Mart Revolution: How Big Box Stores Benefit Consumers, Workers & The Economy" [2007] by Richard Vedder & Wendell Cox
    A white-wash of the dire effects when Wal-Mart lays seige to markets big & small; the authors reject Wal-Mart being the bad guy and then use spurious data to prove their premise
    — do not buy this book!
    To Serve God & Wal-Mart book by Bethany Moreton  "To Serve God and Wal-Mart: The Making of Christian Free Enterprise"[2009]
    by Bethany Moreton

    Harvard Univ Press hardcover [5/2009] for $18.45
    Retail Revolution book by Nelson Lichtenstein  "The Retail Revolution: How Wal-Mart Created A Brave New World of Business" [2009] by Nelson Lichtenstein
    Kindle Edition from Macmillan [6/2010] for $9.99
    Picador 8¼x5½ pb [6/2010] for $10.95
    Metropolitan Books 9½x6½ hardcover [7/2009] for $25.00

    Walton Family  &  Wal-Mart Executives
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    Wal-Mart heiress Christy Walton
    Co-produced 2012 film version of Rudolfo Anaya's "Bless Me, Ultima"

    former Wal-Mart C.E.O. Lee Scott 2005

    Wal-Mart C.E.O. Doug McMillon (2017)

    L i n k s
    Wal-Mart Watch website
    Wake Up Wal-Mart: America's Campaign to Change Wal-Mart
    Tell Wal-Mart Enough Is Enough
    free report "Wal-Mart: Rolling Back Workers' Wages, Rights & the American Dream [2005]"
    Sprawl Busters
    AdBusters' Wal-Mart Takedown Action Center
    "Walmartopia: The Musical" (off-Broadway NYC & touring company)
    'Wake Up Wal-Mart' protest website
    'Demand WalMart Sell Responsibly' anti-assault weapons campaign

    non-union 'OUR Walmart' group • union-based 'Making Change At Wal-Mart' group

    Working Families United for New Jersey 'WalMart-Free Newark' campaign

    Somebody posted Walmart's "New Associate Orientation" anti-union propaganda video on YouTube in May 2015.
    watch the anti-union video [9:02] at YouTube

    Sure. You don't need to join a union. Really. And besides, your low pay at Wal-Mart is all that you deserve and your less-than-forty-hour
    work week provides ample off-time to apply for welfare (food stamps) and-or work a second job.

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