Monday, July 24, 2006

What the government can do wo Wal-Mart it can do to you

From The Washington Post:

MARYLAND'S state lawmakers thought they were David fighting Goliath this year when they passed a law aimed at Wal-Mart Stores' employment policies. But a federal judge found last week that David missed his shot. The Maryland legislature's law, which required the mega-merchandiser to spend at least 8 percent of its payroll on health care for its workers, conflicted with federal statute, the court ruled.

State Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller (D-Calvert), who described the legislature's election-year battle against Wal-Mart as a fight between good and evil, is promising to redraft the legislation and pass it again. He should spare the state another round of his ill-advised battle with this corporate giant. According to U.S. District Judge J. Frederick Motz, the legislation contravened the federal Employment Retirement Income Security Act, which prohibits states from setting employee health and pensions standards that would keep multi-state companies from maintaining uniform benefits programs across state borders. But even if Mr. Miller could find a way to draft a legally viable version of the law, he still shouldn't reintroduce the measure.

The Post is correct. Wal-Mart does not hold a gun to anyone's head and force them to work there. I don't care how much anyone hates Wal-Mart this is still a free country. If you think that a company should treat its employees better then go out and start a retail store of your own.

If you work for Wal-Mart and find it intolerable then go work somewhere else.