So am I supposed to blame walmart when My IT position get's outsourced to some kid out of bombay? I think not, I have had 2 positions outsourced to foriegn labour in the last five years, do I blame the companies that I worked for it? no, they have to stay competitive. We live in a capitalist society, and like it or not, companies will do whatever they can to stay afloat and provide for not only their employees, but certainly the silk lined pockets of their shareholders.
I never said I loved walmart, I said I think it gets a bad rep, and admitted, that like all companies it makes bad decisions. News Flash, I try not to shop at walmart, but for different reasons, (such as shopping there for my wifes office at 11PM coming out with a 2,000$ receipt and having every bag searched by a rude employee searching for 20 dollar day planner that didn't get it's RF tag turned off at purchase.)
I have been affected first hand by outsourcing, what did I do? I studied, boned up my skills, widened my job search and continued being employed in my chosen field for less money, worse hours, and less pay, so I am the last person you need to recruit for a fight against outsourcing labour. but the plain fact is, people won't buy a 20.00 rubbermaid bucket, or a 15.00 widget that can be made for 15 cents and sold for 2 bucks. America is increasingly a hi-tech society, producing complex products that are the fruit of educated and complex labour. That is a factual shift I never thought would burn me, until my job became one of those that could be done on the cheap.
The plain and simple truth, is if you are going to condemn walmart for it, you have to condemn every large company in existence, they all take cost saving measures, or buy from someone who does.
Like I said, I don't want an argument, I took issues with the "walmart is an evil company' tone of the article (my interpretation) because I don't think the company is inherintly evil, they have a succesful business model they stick to, and whether or not the company displaces jobs or not, it DOES employ good decent hard working people who are proud of what they do.
Now, I am going to go to bed.