February 13, 2006

News & Opinion: Wal-Mart: The Bully of Bentonville

By: Dylan Schleicher @ 5:00 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

The Bully of Bentonville (due out tomorrow on V-day) is the latest in Wal-Mart books (the most recent being The Wal-Mart Effect).
Business Week's February 13th issue featured an excerpt from The Bully of Bentonville. The topic: unions vs. Wal-Mart -- an inside look into the Canadian Wal-Mart. With 260 stores in Canada, Wal-Mart "is the country's second-largest retail chain." While popular above the border, "the Canadian shopper is far more likely than her U.S. counterpart to belong to a union."
In one Canadian town -- Jonquiere, Quebec -- Wal-Mart fought against the unions by closing its store. This town held the only "unionized Wal-Mart in North America." The Wal-Mart spokesperson explained that the store was not shut down because of the union. Yet, "Under, Quebec law, a company is legally entitled to shut down a store or a factory for any reason -- even to thwart unionization -- as long as the closure is permanent."
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About Dylan Schleicher

Dylan Schleicher has been a part of the 800-CEO-READ claque since 2003. Even though he's stayed on at the company, he has not stayed put. After beginning in shipping & receiving, he joined customer service and accounting before moving into his current, highly elliptical orbit of duties overseeing the ChangeThis and In the Books websites, the company's annual review of books and in-house design. He lives with his wife and two children in the Washington Heights neighborhood on Milwaukee's West Side.