Thursday, September 26, 2013
Union Busting Lawyer
If it costs more to bust the union than it does to make a reasonable deal with the union then you would think it might be defeating the purpose.
Unfortunately business owners have a long history of doing this anyway if they think they can profit from it, or in some cases, perhaps, even if they don't, assuming they won't lose to much. It often seems as if it might be more important to maintain control than it is to make a profit. This is more effective if a relatively small number of people have dominant control of the economic system as I attempted to explain in my previous post, Corporate bureaucrats are robbing us blind, which covers additional ways corrupt corporations are committing fraud and passing on their expenses to consumers without benefit. In the nineteenth century they often shipped in a large number of immigrants, at a large expense, to avoid negotiating with unions. Then the government or the corporations often had to hire armed men to maintain order when the workers organized. Now they create complex distribution systems so that they can ship jobs overseas. Then they have to ship the merchandise back and they often have to deal with multiple subcontractors all to avoid giving workers good wages.
If they can use their market power to pass on these expenses to the consumers then it might seem more rational from the point of view of the employers but this would mean that the consumers wind up with expenses that provide no benefits for them. This wouldn't be possible in a competitive market where there was still a significant amount of factory direct and sincere small businesses could access supplies at reasonable prices. It also leads to much lower quality merchandise. And if there is a problem they often ship large amounts of merchandise through the system before they find out about it and fix it. This means that our current system is almost certainly sending a much larger amount of very low quality or even defective merchandise half way around the world before anyone finds out how much waste there is.
If there is any doubt about this think about how many times you bought something that was broken right out of the box that was made in a foreign country, perhaps on the other side of the world. If you have ever had to go out of your way to return something at the store that means the corporation paid to have that defective merchandise shipped half way around the world before they sold it to you and made you make an extra trip which they almost certainly didn't reimburse you for and then they throw the product away.
Do you have any idea how many defective products are shipped half way around the world only to be thrown away? Neither do I but when I see enough of them, either on the store shelves or find some after I get home it is a safe bet that there are even more that are caught by the workers at the store and that it costs a lot of money and one way or another it has to be passed onto consumers if the corporations are going to continue making their enormous profits.
This means that although many people don't realize it consumers have an interest in protecting the rights of workers. If workers are abused so badly they can't possibly make decent merchandise half way around the world the consumer also pays the price in lower quality of goods. Instead of investing in manufacturing corporations are increasingly investing more money in advertising, lobbying, and union busting efforts including the Guard towers made famous in Mitt Romney's 49% speech and the gangs that often beat up workers when they try to unionize in places like Guatemala or Bangladesh.
There may not be conclusive evidence to prove that these gangs are being paid out of the funds collecting from consumers but if they aren't then why would they be involved in busting unions?
There is also a lot of psychological research that has been done to learn how to more effectively manipulate people when busting unions and it costs the government a lot of money since it also leads to more crime for several reasons some examples of which I will describe soon; and because the police are often called in to settle disputes but the corporations don't have to pay those police and court officers that are helping to suppress unions. this amounts to an enormous government subsidy for well connected business owners and it is contributing to budget deficits and the fact that many cities are having a hard time paying for schools and roads.
One of the most important tactics that these union busters use involves efforts to convince the workers that unions are run by greedy people that want to collect their union dues. As much as some might want to deny this, there might be some truth to this sometimes; although the most effective union efforts almost certainly rely more on grass roots efforts and keep their overhead low. It would defeat the purpose if the unions created their own large union bureaucracy to stand up for their rights but allowing corporations to crush their rights in the absence of any protection would be even worse. When large business owners argue that unions aren't looking out for the best interest of the workers their alternative is that they do absolutely nothing to defend their rights and compete against each other driving their wages down and leaving them working for wages that aren't enough to survive on let alone get ahead as the "American dream" promises everyone.
Another good reason to believe that unions don't always do their best to defend their workers might be their support of the democratic party, which now seems to be doing more to defend the corporations while they only give lip support to the unions. The Democratic Party takes money from unions while simultaneously taking money from large corporations. Some of these union leaders get plenty of air time like Democratic politicians but when it comes to defending the workers they might be better at their rhetoric than their actions.
Marty Jay Levitt also cited John Sheridan, a former union organizer, as the person who taught him the ropes of union busting when he exposed the inside story of how he used to break unions. If union busters hire former organizer for their activities it is reasonable to assume they might attempt to make deals with current organizers if they think they can get away with it and use them to help appease workers without striking.
This might indicate that, in some cases, when there are problems with union bureaucracy it might actually be part of union busting bureaucracy disguised as union bureaucracy. However that doesn't mean that some legitimate union expenses won't be necessary and many of the most successful ones have been dominated by workers that do their organizing at the grass roots level. This was the case when they had some of the "sit down strikes" decades ago when workers sat down without recommendations from their "leaders;" and it appears to be the case now with many of the protests nationwide at Wal-Mart and fast food workers.
They've done an enormous amount to organize these strikes and if you look around it is also clear that they have done a lot of investigating. When it leads to results then it is clear that any bureaucracy in the union is being kept to a minimum and their is almost certainly accountability at the grass roots level.
However that doesn't mean that union busters won't attempt to make it seem as if unions are greedy, among other tricks, as indicated by some of the tactics that were exposed by Marty Jay Levitt in the following excerpts from his book. They also provide some indication that these tactics also lead to increased crime which is payed for by the tax payer and there are other sources that back this up including studies about increased crime and poverty at Wal-Mart and other locations where unions were busted bad jobs were outsourced.
As I previously indicated in Wal-Mart high crime rate continues uninvestigaterd a 2006 statistical study indicated a correlation between higher crime and the opening of Wal-Marts. This study, alone, does not indicate the cause of the higher crime, however there are other studies to indicate that Wal-Mart also results in higher poverty, fewer manufacturing jobs and other types of jobs, and lower income. Additional studies indicate that poverty leads to higher crime.
A good look at some of these studies indicates that their are multiple causes and that some of them are clearly related to the policies of corporate America including Wal-Mart, their union busting tactics, which are almost certainly similar to some of the tactic described by Marty Levitt, and their wage suppression tactics. The blog previously cited mentions numerous examples where workers have struck out at each other and the management because of their complaints about the way they've been treated. This is very similar to the scene that Marty Levitt described in his book where a coal miner went on a shooting rampage; and the tax payer has to foot the bill when these people go to jail and the shooters at Wal-Mart are being blamed entirely on them like Levitt's example without considering the possibility that union busting tactics might have contributed to these incidents.
In addition to that the police are often called in to suppress worker complaints as well and they often arrest them instead of encouraging mediation. When the police use their authority to suppress workers rights to express legitimate complaints they're not being "impartial;" they're taking the sides of business, which often donate to political campaigns for the people who give the police their orders. If tax payer dollars are being spent for all these purposes then there is that much less available to educate children and repair rods especially when, in many cases, they had to offer Wal-Mart or other corporations tax breaks, that weren't available to smaller business that were driven out, to come to town.
On top of that, as indicated in what might be a typical example, the lawyer for the coal miner also had his bill which the owner would have to pay and that would have to be passed on to the cost of doing business which the consumer have to pay. There is also an enormous amount of psychological research into this subject to develop these tactics over the years and there are plenty of newspaper reporters writing favorable stories for business that they almost certainly have a financial incentive to write, politicians that collect campaign contributions from business and give workers lip service while making union busting easier etc.
This creates an enormous bureaucracy for the purpose of depriving people who work for a living from getting a fair wage!
This bureaucracy does nothing to benefit the consumers who ind up with higher bills and lower quality merchandise as a result. Instead this is a major effort to increase the wealth of those that control the economic system at the expense of those that contribute to it.
This bureaucracy might also be part of a cultural divide between people from different classes, where people from one class obtain education in certain trades and take jobs in the bureaucracy while the rest remain in the working class. This seems to be indicated by the tactics that Levitt use when he shops for potential customers and seeks to obtain the lawyer of that customer as his ally in recruiting the business owner. This could be a tactic that is used as part of a modern day white collar feudalistic system. In the older feudalistic systems if a feudal lord gave his workers more rights and treated them better, perhaps benefiting all if this led to more productivity, then the other feudal lords would be worried that their workers might learn from it and demand the same so they might invade the benevolent feudal lord. Now they might use more sophisticated ways of wiping out small businesses that try to treat their workers with respect, although they might try to wipe out the small business anyway to increase their market share.
On another note many union workers have not been to happy with Marty Jay Levitt for previously working to bust unions and for going back for one last job after renouncing them; however he still did a lot to expose their tactics and this should stand on it's own merits. It is much easier to know how to deal with it if more people understand the tactics. Furthermore there may be additional people that might be willing to come forward with additional information who might be skeptical if they see excessive resentment against Levitt and others who have come forward in the past. A reasonable amount of skepticism is understandable and expected but it will do no good to ignore these tactics because some might not be happy with the source.
Also there might be some that might not be too happy with my speculation about union leaders that might be appeasing the workers and encouraging them not to strike. This can be at least partially addressed by keeping all union activities in the open and rotating those that lead them and keeping decisions at the grass roots level. It will do no good to claim that it isn't happening when it is or to jump to conclusions; but if the leaders don't have the real power, because it is with the workers, then it wouldn't do corporations any good to corrupt just one person that betrays the rest. If they have to treat every one with respect to get their cooperation that would be the objective.
The following are a couple related articles on the subject:
IBEW Fact Sheet PDF
Reading: Union Buster Tells All By Roger Kerson
Monday, September 23, 2013
Corporations are currently passing on an enormous amount of non-productive expenses, many of which are only designed to benefit those at the top, to consumers. This wouldn't be possible in a competitive market where there was still a significant amount of factory direct and sincere small businesses could access supplies at reasonable prices.
Unfortunately that is no longer the type of market that we have, assuming that it ever was. We had something much closer to that thirty years ago thanks largely in part to the fact that people organized to stand up to corrupt corporations over the decades and reduced the concentration of power with the help of union and civil rights protests and and reform movements.
Then after a larger percentage of the public became complacent corporations consolidated into a relatively small number of Oligarchies, which used to be called Robber Barons. Since then they have sent bureaucratic expenses, that are designed to shift income from the vast majority to the richest people in the country, through the roof and expenses like manufacturing and services that actually benefit the public have been cut to the bone.
When considering whether jobs are worthwhile or not, under the current political end economic environment, there is little or no effort to consider whether or not these jobs actually provide a service that benefits people or whetehr or not they make things worse for people.
When jobs involves selling things based on fraud the customer doesn't get their moneys worth and it makes their life worse but the corporations still make a profit so they consider this good for the economy.
If expenses that benefit society were cut to the bone while expenses that are primarily designed to benefit only those at the top were sent through the roof then it would be a matter of time before the economic system would no longer conduct the most basic functions!
The inevitable result is the vulture charts indicating an enormous wage gap, that we have been hearing so much about, and incredibly low quality merchandise from stores, and unreliable services for many items including utilities and evens, on occasions simple home repairs, often because they can't get supplies as good a quality as they used to.
Contrary to what the media and the economists say or imply it is not more efficient to abandon factory direct options from quality long lasting American made products and ship the vast majority of products half way around the world through multiple subcontractors and replace them three or four times as often due to lower quality, especially when a higher percentage of the products are broken before they're even sold.
A list of growing bureaucratic expenses that these large corporations are able to pass on to consumers without providing a benefit for consumers would be long. The biggest ones as a percentage of their total expenditures would include shipping and distributing costs that have grown dramatically now that most products come half way around the world, advertising which has multiplied much faster than inflation and it has resulted in enormous profits. Other bureaucratic expenses that are also quite large although they might not be as much when calculated as a percentage of the GDP as single expenses would include marketing research, including a growing amount that is designed to manipulate children before thy develop critical thinking skill; analyzing sales to study consumer complacency; campaign contributions and lobbying expenses; legal expenses, including an enormous amount of trade secrecy lawyers to justify keeping all their fraudulent practices secret; public relations expenses; union busting expenses and many other expenses.
As I said some of these expenses might not be as big as shipping and advertising as a percentage of the GDP but the impact they have on the effectiveness of the economy can be large and when there are many different bureaucratic expenses they add up fast. One of the most obvious examples of this might be lobbying expenses which, although they are very large they're only a fraction of a percent of the GDP have an enormous impact on the regulatory system that goes well beyond their initial value and cost the public much more. These lobbying expenses are designed to provide benefits for those that control the lobbying effort but they can use their market power to pass on the cost to consumers although they don't pass on any of the influence with these expenses.
According to Open Secrets.org the amount of money spent on lobbying more than doubled from $1.45 Billion in 1998 to $3.55 Billion in 2010 when lobbying expenses peaked. Since then they have actually gone down a little, or at least it seems this way. 2010 was also the year that they made the "Citizens United" decision so now more of their campaign contributions can be done by organizations that don't report their expenses. We have no way of knowing if they're continuing to increase their expenses, one way or another, even though the reports seem to indicate a slight decline. They have been hiding expenses for so long that it would be unreasonable to speculate about the possibility that they might be reducing lobbying expenses while increasing other expenses that can now be done in secret.
None of these expenses provide any benefit for consumers; however since the economic system has been consolidated into a small number of hands they can add these expenses on to their products or services and consumers have no other place to buy their products or services without paying their prices. They create the appearance of competition by offering them from several different corporations but all these corporations pass on these expenses and they don't provide much real competition. Instead they often use an enormous amount of advertising to make it appear as if they're offering different products.
One of the simplest examples would be health care insurance which does absolutely nothing, directly, to provide health care; instead what they do is control the financing of the health care and they often use this control to influence the decisions that should be made by doctors and patients. They use money that they get from premiums to lobby to prevent people from hearing more about a possible Single Payer Health Care System that could work much better. The media collects money for these advertising so they have an incentive to withhold discussion about a Single Payer system and the politicians collect an enormous amount of money in campaign contributions from health care companies so they have an incentive to avoid discussing it. Candidates that do discuss it can't collect as much money and the media won't give them any coverage as indicated in the past presidential election when Rocky Anderson and Jill Stein both advocated for Single Payer Health but neither of them could get coverage or invited to the debates controlled by political bureaucrats.
Another simple example would be the amount of money that factory workers get compared to the amount of money corporations pay for advertising. Advertising is biased and doesn't provide accurate information to the consumer so that they can make informed decisions but the cost is passed on to them any way. And they pay much more for advertising in many cases than they do to the people that manufacture goods. The typical percentage that is paid for advertising from retailers could be anywhere from one to five percent or more in some cases; yet the workers in the sweatshops that make our products generally get less than one percent of the retail cost of goods. Manufacturers often also pay for advertising so the cost of that is also added to the price in addition to the amount of advertising expenses from the retailer. In one of the most famous cases Kathie Lee Gifford collected three percent of the price of her clothing line and the workers in sweatshops were getting a fraction of one percent. Advertising, whether it is from Kathie Lee Gifford or not, adds nothing to the value of the product except hype while the work that the manufacturers do creates the real value. Anyone that has paid attention to the quality of merchandise over the past few decades might have noticed that some common items are much lower quality. And anyone that pays attention to news about labor practices, especially from Wal-Mart, might know that they've been reporting many stories about their efforts to cut costs; what they don't mention nearly as often is that this results in lower quality.
It doesn't take a genius to figure out what is going on; they're spending much more money on ads to convince us we're getting quality products than they are to actually put quality in their products!
When was the last time you hired an economist?
The vast majority of bureaucrats including economists and many other professionals aren't hired by the majority of the public nor is there many if any ways for the public to hold them accountable; yet they control an enormous amount of the information that we make many of our decisions based on.
When was the last time you heard an economist, politician or a someone from the commercial media inform you that they've been sending their own expenses through the roof and that they have an incentive to withhold the information that you need to make decisions.
The vast majority of these people are not accountable to the public yet their pay comes indirectly from the public, since the oligarchies control the the economic system. Instead they're only accountable to corporate board members. In many cases the bureaucrats also add an enormous amount of waste for work that ahs little productive value even though the workers are doing sincere work, like shipping when it goes half way around the world. A modest amount of shipping and distribution is necessary even when it is combined with some factory direct; but excessive shipping and handling for the "globalized economy" is bureaucratic waste!
Our politicians have pulled a bait and switch; they have warned us about how we had to implement capitalism because the version of communism by the Soviets was dominated centralized government control of the economic and political system with little or no local control or input then they created a system with centralized corporate control of the economic and political system with little or no local control or input
I have written more about specific bureaucrats in the following blogs and will be following up soon with one about union busting consultants.
Copyright Bureaucrats do more to protect their own wages and control the distribution of educational information than they do to protect the income of writers.
Political Psychologist Are Suppressing Democracy by studying how to manipulate people with political ads and encourage them to base their decisions based on superstitions and stereotypes instead of their own best interests.
Why Do We Have Trade Secrets? Defense of fraud? trade secrecy laws do more to prevent the public from accessing the information they need to make consumer choices than they do to encourage innovation, which they actually discourage since innovators don't have access to the information they could use to innovate.
Santorum etal endorse Health Care Waste and Fraud; Even after the 2012 elections politicians have been doing what they can to avoid discussion about Single Payer Systems which work much better in many other countries but are hardly discussed in the US.
The following are some additional related articles or organizations promoting Single Payer Health Care:
Walmart rocks Parliament even after retail FDI vote Lobbying is integral to business, its legality a matter of perception: Experts "Lobbying is not the same as bribery, said a bureaucrat." Even if it accomplishes the same goal?
CEOs Plundering Corporate Coffers
Physicians for a National Health Program
Medicare for All
An Insurance Bureaucrat Speaks Out
In Corporate Hands, Health Care Bureaucracy Blooms
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Warning signs indicating a potential problem with Aaron Alexis and indicating what could have led to that problem came out surprisingly soon; unfortunately as usual the commercial media isn't consulting with the most credible experts to inform the public how to recognize and prevent these problems before the last minute when it would be much easier.
The following article describes some of these warning signs and although they don't discuss it they also hint at potential additional problems that almost certainly occurred before these warning signs happened:
They came up with many of these details surprisingly quickly; it usually takes more time to report on the background that has already come out and there will almost certainly be more. The warning signs that they did already report on also indicate that there were almost certainly additional signs before them, if he follows patterns found in most if not all other violent offenders that have been thoroughly investigated in the past.
This means that if they could recognize these signs and educate the public about them then much more could be done to prevent these activities in the future. It also means that policy makers could learn from them when hiring people and training them for future military activities. The problem, as I have previously tried to indicate, is that many of the characteristics that make soldiers effective are often very similar to those that make them potentially dangerous as well.
There were several violent incidents in his past and one of them took place before he joined the Navy reserves! Another one took place while he was in the reserves and they still kept him in and they didn't even revoke his security clearance.
As I previously indicated in Does child abuse and bullying lead to more violence? and Child abuse and bullying link in study long over due there is an enormous amount of evidence to indicate that most if not all violent offenders, especially the serious ones, had a history of some form of abuse early in life that almost certainly escalated later on. This typically starts with early punishment at a young age that often involves corporal punishment of some sort or a worse form of abuse, then escalates later in life to bullying and hazing and this also escalates in the military where boot camp is used to train people to obey orders without question.
It is too early to assume that there was abuse in Aaron Alexis' past without further investigation but if he follows the pattern that most if not all other violent offenders have then there almost certainly was, although there is no guarantee what form that abuse may have taken. This is also fairly common among military personal as I indicated in a post about Itzcoatl Ocampo who was also a veteran who committed violent crimes and there are many more. The military seeks out people with an Authoritarian upbringing and they continue to train people in that manner through boot camp and beyond. They want people that obey orders and are desensitized to violence so that they will kill when it is their job.
We have the information that we need to dramatically make these event much less common but instead of educating the public about them the government continues to use their understanding about this to train people to obey orders.
Unfortunately instead of thoroughly investigating the problem including the long term contributing causes it appears as if the media and political establishment are already following the usual pattern by dismissing it as a "cowardly act" as Barack Obama already called it, although he claims it will be "swiftly and 'thoroughly' investigated" the clearly biased claim that this is "cowardly" when he was shooting at people from the most powerful military in the world indicates otherwise. It has become routine to declare those that oppose us as cowards even when they face overwhelming odds and those that support us as brave even when they use drones to kill people half way around the world.
He must be using an interesting and selective dictionary that suits his propaganda purposes.
Thursday, September 12, 2013
Texas prosecutor drops drunken driving charge against Wal-Mart heiress Alice Walton under circumstances that would almost certainly not happen for the vast majority of us. the reason they dropped charges is apparently because the trooper who pulled her over is on paid leave for misconduct, presumably unrelated, and is unavailable to testify. In order to take advantage of this Alice Walton had to arrange for the trial to be delayed almost two years then when he was unavailable before a two year deadline was up they had to drop charges.
This is at least her second drunk driving charge and she also has a history of speeding, and was involved in at least two probably three previous accidents including the 1998 DWI incident and one that resulted in the death of a pedestrian, as indicated in the following article and an excerpt from "In Sam We Trust."
The Walton family isn't held accountable when their sweat shops burn down or for many of their fraudulent business practices and the tax payers subsidize their store with tax cuts and road projects. And on top of that their policies almost certainly contribute to outsourcing and higher poverty crime rates that accompany new Wal-Marts.
According to the following article Alice Walton will almost certainly have her record expunged:
The article neglects to mention that the accident that injured her leg in Mexico was also a result of her recklessness and speeding.
Makes me wonder why I should shop at Wal-Mart if I'm going to contribute to their legal defense fund without getting much if any benefit for myself since their merchandise is worthless due to the fact that they have cut their manufacturing expenses to the bone to make their huge profits.
Monday, September 9, 2013
Another blog obviously hacked by the Syrian Electronic Army
I just looked at my own blog and found a post highly critical of the current plan to attack Syria by Obama, Syrian fear mongering may not be working!
I would never post anything so critical of the Obama administration and their policies!
I support their attack plan and everything else they do one hundred percent!
The Obama administration is clearly the best thing that ever happened to democracy and I would never say otherwise!
All these claims about the possibility that these Tomahawk cruise missiles could hit innocent civilians just because they always have in the past are false; if Obama says they can aim much better it must be true!
I can't understand how this could have gotten onto my blog but then I found out about The Syrian Electronic Army that hacked the Marines webpage and it all became clear. The Syrian Electronic Army must ahve hacked my Blog too!!!
There can be no other possible explanation; I would never be critical of the Obama administration; I worship the ground they walk on!
Then I went and looked at some of my other blogs to check see if there was more damage and i was shocked by what I found; many other blogs have also been hacked!
There is a blog critical of both Eric Holder and Obama claiming that they ignore some of the most important issues about overcrowding prisons and there are even blogs going back over a year complaining that neither the Republicans or Obama address the most important issues about subjects like health care and how neither one of them cut back on red tape or advertising for insurance like a Single Payer Health insurance plan would. I never wrote these! If Obamacare provides profits for insurance companies that are outrageous it must be because they do such a good job providing health care that they deserve these profits!
This means that they must have either inserted all these posts after the fact or they must have been planing this contingency for over a year!
If that is the case what else would they have been hacking over the past several years in anticipation of their chemical weapons attack?
Have they been planting dozens if not hundred of stories critical of Obama over the years so it would appear that he doesn't have nearly as much support as he tries to convince people?
Clearly that must be exactly what has been happening!
That means that many of the stories critical of the Obama administration over the past several years are all fake and we shouldn't believe them!
The Syrian Electronic Army obviously has even more technical skill than even the NSA which Edward Snowden has been reporting on. In fact, it is a major possibility that that was even one of the stories that they have created that never happened!
That's exactly what must be happening; the Syrian Electronic Army must have fabricated this whole story about "Prism" or "ECHELON" or what ever you want to call it to make Obama look bad. It isn't the Obama administration and the NSA that has been spying on everyone; it is the Syrian Electronic Army!
I don't know how they developed this spectacular technology that is so much better than the rest of the developed world but clearly that is exactly what must have happened; after all if they can develop all these chemical weapons so much better than the rest of the world and avoid having anyone report on them until the Obama administration needs an excuse to attack them then they must be capable of anything!!
Don't believe anything that you read on the internet that is critical of the Obama administration; it is clearly all part of a massive conspiracy by the Syrian Electronic Army!
I would like to thank all the conspiracy theorists in the mainstream media and the political establishment that helped to solve this mystery and expose the conspiracy being carried out by the Syrian Electronic Army!
Friday, September 6, 2013
In 2006 a statistical study, "Is Wal-Mart Safe?" based on incidents in 2004, (PDF) was done to find out if there was more crime at Wal-Mart compared to other stores and if crime increased when Wal-Marts came to town. The study indicated that there was; however Wal-Mart disputes this, as they have all other studies critical of Wal-Mart. Feel free to revue them both and judge for yourself. Since then Wal-Mart Shootings has begun compiling a list of the shooting incidents that have occurred at Wal-Mart with fewer resources than many other large institutions but they have found that there are a large number of them and that on average there was more than one shooting each week in 2012 and the number will almost certainly be higher in 2013. they began compiling them late in 2012 and almost certainly didn't get them all.
It doesn't take much searching to find that they also have an enormous number of bomb threats, purse snatching, muggings, shoplifting incidents and many other crimes. The bomb threats leading to evacuations almost certainly average more than one per week on average as well. According to the 2006 study the average Wal-Mart has over 250 police calls per year, or at least they did in 2004, which was the year the study was based on. After that Wal-Mart has periodically changed their policies, often with little input from the public or effort to inform them. This may have led to a reduction of reporting of some incidents at some times or other efforts to improve their images, but it almost certainly hasn't led to changes that have reduced the crimes their.
I reviewed this previously in Wal-Mart high crime rate continues uninvestigaterd and have provided additional information under the author tag Walmart Crime Watch. Stacy Mitchell has also compiled a list of other studies about Wal-Mart and how they impact society, Key Studies on Big-Box Retail & Independent Business; most if not all of these studies indicate that they have a negative impact on communities and some of them may also provide evidence that they indirectly contribute to higher crime. this includes the reduction in quality employment available and higher poverty rates which also contribute to crime.
Yet the political and media establishment do little or nothing to acknowledge and repair the problems being caused by Wal-Mart; and low income people are being prosecuted to the full extent of the law while those involved in white collar crimes that do much more damage are not being held accountable at all. I have no doubt that these white collar crimes also contributes to more traditional crime. The following is a sample of the incidents that have occurred at Wal-Mart. It isn't statistically representative, as the 2006 study; but it does provide some additional information that may help recognize how many problems there are at Wal-Mart. According to the 2006 study there were significantly more problems at Wal-Mart than there are at Target, their closest competitor; and other studies cited by Stacy Mitchell have indicated that Big-Box stores, in general have more crime than small business; so it is almost certainly even worse if compared to small businesses.
The 2006 study includes a lot of statements from police or other officials or articles, to back up their conclusions, including the following: "In Orlando, the local police blotter indicates that the crime rate in a 5-square-mile area of MetroWest jumped more than 70 percent in the first year after Wal-Mart's arrival in August 2001. Traffic accidents rose 31 percent, property crimes 110 percent, robberies 231 percent and car thefts 56 percent, according to the Orlando Police Department. [Orlando Sentinel, January 27, 2003]"
Policies made in the corporate office are having a major impact on society and they aren't being subject to scrutiny from the public nor is the public even aware of it when they take place. This compilation of incidents may not completely address cause and effect without additional information but it can help to shed some light on it, at least until more comprehensive studies can be done to add to the work done by the other ones cited. It may also show some degree of bias on the part of the media which is reporting these stories. clearly this is only a minor fraction of the incidents that make it into the news, if they had over 250 per store annually there would probably be more than 75,000 incidents per month nationwide.
There might also be some indication about whether or not Wal-Mart provides as much protection for their customers as they do for their own merchandise. As indicated previously their stop loss officers have been trained to reduce shoplifting and they have often been overzealous, although they generally blame that on the employees not policy. I haven't seen many if any incidents where Wal-Mart security was as ambitious when it comes to protecting people from purse snatchers or assault; in fact there has been at least one example where a victims of assault in their store is suing them for lack of protection.
This shouldn't be too surprising since their primary goal is to maximize profit. However a bigger problem might be that "elected officials" and the media outlets also seem to adopt the same objectives. If they can't be expected to adopt policies that protect people from crime democratic systems are supposed to provide checks and balences with the help of independent media outlets, as it stands the media collects their revenue through ads, including a lot from Wal-Mart and they have a major incentive that has been growing to look the other way and "elected officials" seem to be more accountable to their campaign contributors and the media that controls what information they present to the public about "elected officials" than they are to the public. This is why at least until there is major political and media reform the majority now have to fend for themselves to the best of their ability.
A close look at media reports clearly indicates that the vast majority of these incidents are only reported locally but in many cases when it comes to something like their claim to promote a "Buy America" campaign it is reported much more widely across the country. They also do a lot of stories that are thinly divided advertisements about how Wal-Mart is offering discounts for this or "Fatburgers" are free at Wal-Mart.
Fortunately it isn't all bad news; As I write this there are so many protests that even the commercial media feels the need to report them; although they aren't covering them nearly as well as they could or should. and a review of the attempts to open new store clearly indicates that in many cases they are unable to do so anymore, or at least not without much more opposition. Clearly the majority of the reasonably well informed public is opposed to continuing to allow they to expand while the political establishment remains on Wal-Mart's side when they think they can get away with it. This should be a clear indicator that our "elected officials" aren't paying attention to the will of the pe4ople unless their is an enormous uproar.
To minimize redundancy I declined to highlight many if any gun related incidents; however tehy can be found highlighted at Wal-Mart Shootings, where they are updated more often than I intend to.
Oswego deputies: Four conspired to steal lawn furniture and food from Walmart 08/13/2013
Suspect wanted in connection with vehicle break-in at Wake Forest Walmart 08/13/2013
Woman accused of driving baby to Walmart while impaired 08/13/2013
Police: Duo distracted Walmart cashier, stole money from register 08/13/2013
Two men arrested in cross state retail scam after hitting Rice Lake Wal-Mart 08/13/2013
Police: Cavity search reveals meth on Walmart shoplifting suspect 08/14/2013
Police seek identity of man accused of accosting woman at Wood Village Walmart 08/14/2013
Couple accused of stealing hard drives from Palm Coast Walmart 08/14/2013
Thousands of Dollars Worth of Electronics Stolen from Walmart 08/14/2013
Washington man sues Walmart over rattlesnake bite 08/15/2013
Police: Couple busted at Walmart gas station minutes after stealing car from Walmart parking lot 08/15/2013
Would-be kidnapper grabs 18-year-old woman walking home from Walmart 08/16/2013
Bomb threat forces evacuation of Chandler Walmart 08/16/2013 XX
Police: Man arrested minutes after snatching woman's purse in Walmart parking lot 08/16/2013 XX
Walmart suicide victim identity released 08/16/2013
Suspected Walmart shooter had concealed carry permit, Neenah police say 08/19/2013
3 suspects wanted in connection with stealing from Chatham Walmart 08/19/2013
8 on Your Side: Valley Woman's Walmart Account Hacked 08/19/2013
Mom leaves baby with man she just met on Facebook, then goes shopping at Boynton Beach Walmart, cops say 08/19/2013
Three Fayetteville women accused of stealing from Walmart, assaulting employees 08/20/2013
Police seek suspects in Walmart armed robbery 08/20/2013
Port St. Lucie Walmart shopper takes five-finger discount on power tools in parked pickup truck 08/20/2013
Man Sues Walmart, Claiming Security Failed To Stop Attack 08/21/2013
Police: Man stole two TVs from Walmart in Silver Spring Township 08/21/2013
Police seek Walmart shoplifters who took almost $1,600 in clothing 08/21/2013
Police: Man used stolen credit card at Wal-Mart 08/21/2013
Man accused of Walmart thefts in Wake, Chatham counties, two sought 08/22/2013
Police arrest three in connection with Walmart theft 08/22/2013
Couple wanted for stealing electronics from Franklin Walmart 08/22/2013
Police seek man who stole from Walmart register 08/22/2013
Police: Over $1K worth of Rogaine, Crest White Strips stolen from Walmart 08/22/2013
Dickinson man with nephew cited for shoplifting at Walmart 08/23/2013
Police: Wal-Mart shoplifter apprehended after foot chase 08/23/2013
Security guard shot at Ohio Walmart parking lot 08/23/2013
Man accused of stealing from Walmart 08/24/2013
Man shot in robbery attempt at Oregon Walmart 08/24/2013
Theft and drug charges lodged against woman arrested at Walmart 08/25/2013
Police: Women stole $1,200 in Walmart merchandise 08/26/2013
Police: Man tried to swipe beer from Wal-Mart three days in a row 08/25/2013
Authorities Investigating Threat at St. Clairsville WalMart 08/24/2013
Cops: Man took photo up woman's skirt at Walmart 08/20/2013
Man Wanted for Stealing TV from Fenton Walmart 08/25/2013
Employees bound in Altadena Walmart takeover robbery 08/24/2013
Walmart Employee Charged with Stealing from Register 08/25/2013
Shoplifting Suspects Busted Leaving Walmart 08/27/2013
'Suspicious items' in car at Springfield Walmart prompt evacuation of store; Arson and Bomb Squad at scene 08/27/2013
Man says he was robbed, kidnapped from Bradenton Walmart 08/27/2013
Transient accused of robbing Bangor Walmart, resisting arrest 08/27/2013
Laurel County Police Search For Gang That Is Shoplifting From Dollar General, Walmarts 08/27/2013
Man arrested at Wal-Mart for failing to produce weapons permit 08/28/2013
Second woman charged after baby left in shopping cart at Walmart 08/28/2013
Woman arrested at Walmart urinates in cruiser 08/28/2013
Man wanted in connection to armed robbery in Suffolk Walmart 08/28/2013
Couple wanted for allegedly stealing $30K worth of electronics from several Walmarts 08/29/2013
Homewood Walmart evacuated after bomb threat 08/29/2013
OKC police give all-clear at scene of suspicious package 08/30/2013
Salt Lake City Walmart guard wounded in struggle with shoplifter 08/30/2013
Man Shot By Officer Outside Bartlett Walmart 08/30/2013
Decatur man suspected of shoplifting at Walmart arrested on theft, drug charges 08/30/2013
Woman grilled in Wal-Mart thefts 08/30/2013
Robert Reich: Wal-Mart is a jobs creator, but not the right kind 08/30/2013
Wal-Mart Prepares New India Venture 08/30/2013
Wal-Mart wage bill in D.C. heads for mayor’s desk 08/29/2013
$35K grant from Walmart will help to shelter families 08/29/2013
Wal-Mart ready to loan $50 million to Bangladesh factories 08/29/2013
Wal-Mart to brief shareholders on Bangladesh 08/29/2013
Why The Holiday Season Could Be A Flop For Big Chains From Wal-Mart to Macy's 08/29/2013
Walmart protest group continues work on plan of action 08/28/2013
Why Wal-Mart Will Never Pay Like Costco 08/27/2013
Nebraskan sues Wal-Mart over plastic bag's failure 08/28/2013
Inside Wal-Mart's Shareholders Conference 08/28/2013
Tigard claims it can stay mum on Walmart plans 08/27/2013
Wal-Mart Expands Benefits to Domestic Partners 08/27/2013
Supporters Want Mayor Gray to Sign 'Walmart' Living Wage Bill 08/27/2013
Target Reveals It Has The Same Problem As Wal-Mart 08/21/2013
Wal-Mart Is Getting Desperate 08/24/2013
Walmart Supplier Warehouse Workers Fired For Taking 5-Minute Break, They Say 08/22/2013
Fired Walmart Workers Arrested at Rally Announcing Labor Day Deadline 08/22/2013
Oriental residents rally to fight proposed Walmart Express 08/25/2013
Say what? Wal-Mart sued in Texas for unlicensed sale of hearing aids 08/23/2013
Walmart, MotoMart turned down for liquor licenses 08/22/2013
Walmart Protesters Arrested in Northwest D.C. 08/22/2013
WSJ: Wal-Mart Adding 90 Stores in Africa 08/22/2013
Wal-Mart pushes 'made in America' at summit 08/22/2013
Ellisville turns down permit extension for Walmart project 08/21/2013
D.C. draws Wal-Mart into Democrats’ political battle over wages 08/21/2013
Holyoke mayoral candidate Jim Santiago backs Walmart plan to start getting city its own 'Boston Road' retail trail 08/21/2013
LePage heads to Florida for manufacturing summit sponsored by Wal-Mart 08/21/2013
Target Will Beat Wal-Mart; J.C. Penney May File for Bankruptcy: Burt Flickinger 08/21/2013
Wal-Mart wants to be a good neighbor in Northbrook 08/21/2013
Former Fairway official warns that Wal-Mart customers will drive down property values 08/20/2013
Walmart foes try higher court to fight new market 08/21/2013
Ellisville City Council to Vote on Wal-Mart Permit 08/21/2013
Plan to build a Walmart in Remington moves forward 08/20/2013
The architect of Walmart’s D.C. defense: Obama’s chief economist 08/19/2013
Hawthorne mulls development options in Walmart controversy's wake - 08/19/2013
Zoning tiff over Walmart in Midtown Miami gets personal, emails show 08/18/2013
Sherwood Councilor Matt Langer survives recall attempt after Walmart backlash 08/16/2013
Wal-Mart workers in Weyburn, Sask., vote to dump union 08/16/2013 Chain's only remaining union in Canada never achieved collective bargaining deal
Former Oregon Walmart pharmacist accuses company of firing him for his disability 08/15/2013
Which 30% Of Walmart Employees Do You Think Should Get Fired? 08/15/2013
Wal-Mart shares fall; slashes outlook 08/15/2013 Retail giant Wal-Mart's same-store sales slipped 0.3%, widely missing analyst estimates of a 1% gain.