Labor Studies | Wal-Mart
L390 | 7360 | Ashby, Steven


1 cr hr; Section 7360; 1:00-2:15 PM, Tuesday and Thursday, GY126.
Class meets March 23, 25, 30, April 6, 8, 13, 15, 20 and 22.

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.