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More Wal-Mart chutzpah

Concerned about bad publicity over its treatment of employees, the management of Wal-Mart is taking remedial action.

No, not to improve the treatment of its employees. To improve the publicity.

Wal-Mart is running TV ads featuring selected employees talking about what a great place it is to work. And the company has decided that buying more influence in Washington isn’t a bad idea either.

I assume none of Wal-Mart’s feel-good ads feature Michael Rodriguez or Larry Allen.

As I noted in an earlier post, this is the same company which earned $8 billion in profits in 2002, and yet offers such meager pay and benefits that it refers employees to the public sector for food stamps and health care.

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