Labor Studies | Wal-Mart
L290 | 23301 | Ashby, Steven
Class Number 23301, 1 cr.,. Class meets Thursday, 5:45-8:25 pm,
October 27, November 3, 17, and December 1, 8. The course will
analyze the corporate practices of Wal-Mart, the largest corporation
in the world, as a vehicle to broadly examine labor and social
issues in the U.S. and the world. We will look at the efforts of
communities to save their small businesses and downtowns by stopping
Wal-Mart and other ďbig boxĒ retailers from locating in their towns.
The course will look at Wal-Martís treatment of its workers, and the
status of American retail workers generally. We will review Wal-
Martís tactics to quash efforts by its workers to organize a union,
and the obstacles to union organizing nationally. Finally, we will
analyze the arguments of Wal-Martís critics that the company thrives
on selling goods made with sweatshop labor in Third World countries.
Instructor: Steven Ashby, DLS, IUB.