"While many American companies use weak U.S. laws to stop workers from organizing, the retail giant stands out for the sheer magnitude and aggressiveness of its anti-union apparatus."
-Human Rights Watch-
Using security cameras to spy on union sympathizers, planting supervisors alongside pro-union workers to monitor activity -- these are just two of the charges that Human Rights Watch makes in its 210-page report on Wal-Mart. According to labor professors, it's the most comprehensive analysis to date of the company's actions during union organizing drives, examining organizing drives at U.S. Wal-Mart stores between 2000 and 2005 (it also cites the 15 decisions by the National Labor Relations Board that found Wal-Mart violated labor laws during those drives). Consider also that Wal-Mart counts more than 1.3 million workers on its payroll at nearly 4,000 stores in the United States -- none belong to a union.
Read the report "Discounting Rights: Wal-Mart's Violation of US Workers' Right to Freedom of Association". You can also check out the International Herald Tribune article for some quick facts on the report.