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Thursday, Jan 17, 2013, 12:02 pm

In Midst of PR ‘Charm Offensive,’ Walmart Ends Talks With Workers’ Union

By Ian Becker

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Wal-Mart is upping efforts to bolster its image in the public's eye, including an announcement that the company plans to hire 100,000 veterans over a five-year period. But The Nation's Josh Eidelson reports that in the meantime, the company has broken off talks with Warehouse Workers United (WWU), a project of the labor federation Change to Win.

From The Nation:

In the three months between Walmart’s meeting with the warehouse workers and its e-mail ending that “courtship,” more warehouse and retail workers went on strike, a WWU-backed class action lawsuit advanced in the courts, and WWU panned a new warehouse monitoring plan from Walmart. ... Faced with strikes and increased scrutiny over the labor conditions in its warehouses, Walmart could be trying to make changes that undermine the criticism, while still denying legitimacy to the critics.

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