Labor Studies | Wal-Mart
L290 | 9541 | Ashby, Steven


Class meets five Tuesday evenings, 6:00 - 8:40 pm, April 1-29, Wylie
Hall 005.  Wal-Mart is the largest corporation in the world, with
over 1.3 million employees and $270 billion in sales.  The course
will critically examine Wal-Mart's corporate practices 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 "big
box" retailers from locating in their towns.  We will look at Wal-
Mart's treatment of its workers, and the status of American retail
workers generally.  We will review Wal-Mart's tactics to quash
efforts by its workers to organize a union, and the obstacles to
union organizing nationally.  And we will analyze the arguments of
Wal-Mart's critics that the company thrives on selling goods made
with sweatshop labor in Third World countries.