Friday headline roundup

Largest Civil Disobedience In Walmart History Leads To More Than 50 Arrests (Huffington Post, 11/8/2013)

“One of the protesting Walmart workers, Anthony Goytia, a 31-year-old father of two, said he believes he will make about $12,000 this year. It’s a daily struggle, he said, ‘to make sure my family doesn’t go hungry’…To make ends meet, Goytia said he sometimes participates in clinical trials and sells his blood plasma. He has been asking his managers for full-time employment for a year and a half. Instead, he said, they hire temporary workers, who can be fired at any time. Goytia was one of several dozen Walmart workers in Southern California who went on strike Wednesday and Thursday, calling for an end to low wages, unpredictable part-time hours and retaliation for speaking out. They were joined by other employees on their days off and dozens more who rode buses from Northern California.”


“They have blood on their hands”: Meet Wal-Mart’s worst nightmare (Salon, 11/7/2013)

“These disasters are preventable. These fire accidents, these building collapses, preventable. Because when Tazreen happened, in between there was a six-month gap.  [If] these — Wal-Mart — and other corporations made the right decision, they would sign the Accord like right after Rana, right after Tazreen. We could even save these 1,132 lives, and many who lost their limbs and are disabled for a lifetimes. We could save all of them.  But they haven’t done it. So they have a direct connection to the disaster.”


The C-Suite: A Crucible for Misconduct (The FCPA Blog, 11/5/2013)

“The DOJ and SEC should send a message to the C-Suite that obstruction and intimidation of [compliance officers], as alleged in the Wal-Mart investigation, will be met sooner or later with powerful sanctions and that companies must reform their compliance programs to close the gap in compliance.”


Wal-Mart protestor turns to President Obama for help (CNNMoney, 11/7/2013)

“Givens-Thomas has worked at Wal-Mart in Chicago for eight years as a cashier, door-greeter and now in electronics. She makes $11 per hour, working between 32 and 35 hours per week. It’s a struggle to pay her bills, which is why she has joined in on many of the protests. As someone who marched with Martin Luther King Jr., she said she feels locked out of their dream of good jobs and equality. ‘Like too many Americans, I cannot promise my grandchildren that they will have a brighter future than I had — in our country a small elite is actively impoverishing the vast majority,’ she wrote.”

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