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Walmart & PR Firm Agree to Cease Illegal Surveillance of Workers


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JL
- 445 days ago - launionaflcio.org
The announcement came one year after warehouse workers who move Walmart goods filed charges against the giant corporation and its PR firm for illegally spying on workers, and called on the retailer to drop Mercury Public Affairs as a contracted lobbying



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JL A. (275)
Friday July 12, 2013, 3:35 pm
Walmart & PR Firm Agree to Cease Illegal Surveillance of Workers

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Walmart and Mercury Public Affairs have made public an agreement not to engage in illegal surveillance of workers. The announcement came one year after warehouse workers who move Walmart goods filed charges against the giant corporation and its PR firm for illegally spying on workers, and called on the retailer to drop Mercury Public Affairs as a contracted lobbying firm.

At the June 2012 press conference, warehouse worker Santos Castaneda was interviewed by a Mercury Public Affairs staffer posing as a student journalist. The next week, the same woman appeared at a press event in front of the proposed location for a Walmart in Los Angeles’ Chinatown. This time she used her real identity, Stephanie Harnett, and said she was representing Walmart. “Walmart has a lot of tricks up its sleeves,” Castaneda said. “I’m glad we caught them this time.”

In a settlement Walmart and Mercury Public Affairs agreed to destroy any recordings made at a press conference last year that was co-sponsored by Warehouse Workers United and the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO. The companies settled to avoid a trial after federal authorities investigated and authorized a complaint over a federal charge filed by Warehouse Workers United.
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Katie D. (84)
Friday July 12, 2013, 8:39 pm
Just figures they do this! Thank you
 

GGmaSheila D. (171)
Friday July 12, 2013, 11:34 pm
Again, with Wal Mart, I am not surprised. May even be doubtful they'll erase all those tapes. If it's sneaky, Wal Mart will try it.
 

Helen Porter (40)
Saturday July 13, 2013, 12:26 am
What can I say?
 

Syd H. (48)
Saturday July 13, 2013, 1:35 am
Oh, they agreed to discontinue one of the illegal things they are doing... in one case.

People go to jail for doing something illegal. Why doesn't Wal-Mart?

Tell you what, if those who authorized it and that PR woman (as well as her boss & co-workers who enabled it) had to do a year in jail for what they did, companies like Wal-Mart would have to pay quite a bit more, at least for the illegal spying part of their business. :D
 

JL A. (275)
Saturday July 13, 2013, 7:16 am
You cannot currently send a star to GGma Sheila because you have done so within the last day.
 

Kit B. (276)
Saturday July 13, 2013, 8:51 am

For some reason I just do not find that Wal mart has engendered a sense of trust in the public. It's just wisely hedging our bets to take a wait and see attitude. Indeed, why doesn't someone face jail? Oh yeah, because our heralded privacy rights are now mostly illusion.
 

JL A. (275)
Saturday July 13, 2013, 8:53 am
You cannot currently send a star to Kit because you have done so within the last day.
 

Birgit W. (145)
Saturday July 13, 2013, 5:34 pm
It sounds like living in the former Russia, or East Germany.
 

JL A. (275)
Saturday July 13, 2013, 5:42 pm
You cannot currently send a star to Birgit because you have done so within the last day.
 

Kerrie G. (135)
Saturday July 13, 2013, 10:43 pm
Noted, thanks.
 

JL A. (275)
Saturday July 13, 2013, 10:47 pm
You are welcome Kerrie
 

june t. (66)
Sunday July 14, 2013, 12:33 am
never trust Wal Mart. They are unethical, that hasn't changed.
 

JL A. (275)
Sunday July 14, 2013, 12:35 am
You cannot currently send a star to june because you have done so within the last day.
 

Winn Adams (192)
Sunday July 14, 2013, 2:59 pm
I'll believe when it actually happens. I don't trust the management of Walmart for a second. We have to watch them so they do what is right for their workers.
 

JL A. (275)
Sunday July 14, 2013, 3:03 pm
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