January 23, 2008

Did Senator Clinton really stand-up for Diversity at Wal-Mart?

Presidential Candidate Hilary Clinton claims she took a very active role in promoting diversity and involvement of women during her time on the Board of Wal-Mart, but this the truth?

Did Senator Clinton bring real ‘Change’ to Wal-Mart?

Wal-Mart critics say her presence brought little lasting change to the firm. And former executives say she was not a voice for bold reform.

'She was not a dissenter,' said Donald G. Soderquist, Wal-Mart's former chief operating officer and the board's vice chairman during Clinton's tenure. 'She was a part of those decisions.'
Was Senator Clinton a ‘Champion Change Agent’?

'There was no change for the better during that period for women at Wal-Mart,' Sellers said. 'If there was change, it was minimal. Nobody knew about it or else it was just too subtle to recognize.'
Did Senator Clinton use her ’35 years of Experience’ to help Unions?

Clinton 'clearly knew the company's reputation.' Tate said that when he 'made presentations on what we were doing' during board meetings, Clinton did not raise objections. [Former Wal-Mart COO] Soderquist agreed, saying there was 'no sign that she had any criticism.'
Senator Clinton ‘found her Voice’ during the 2008 New Hampshire primary, too bad she could not find her voice sooner.
Mrs. Clinton largely sat on the sidelines when it came to Wal-Mart and unions, board members said. Since its founding in 1962, Wal-Mart has fought unionization efforts at its stores and warehouses, employing hard-nosed tactics — like allegedly firing union supporters and spying on employees — that have become the subject of legal complaints against the company.

A special team at Wal-Mart handled those activities, but Mr. Walton was vocal in his opposition to unions. Indeed, he appointed the lawyer who oversaw the company’s union monitoring, Mr. Tate, to the board, where he served with Mrs. Clinton.

During their meetings and private conversations, Mrs. Clinton never voiced objections to Wal-Mart’s stance on unions, said Mr. Tate and John A. Cooper, another board member.
Did Senator Clinton show any 'emotion' for the plight of the working women at her time at Wal-Mart?

'There's no evidence she did anything to improve the status of women or make it a very different place in ways Mrs. Clinton's Democratic base would care about,' said Liza Featherstone, author of 'Selling Women Short: The Landmark Battle for Worker's Rights at Wal-Mart.
Does Hilary Clinton six-year tenure as a director of Wal-Mart count towards her 35 years of experience of bring real change for the American people?

All the facts point towards NO.


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