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Wal-Mart denies vote interference

August 02, 2008|From Times Wire Services

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said it didn't advise managers to vote against Democrats in elections this November when it required them to attend meetings about the company's opposition to labor legislation.

In those meetings, Wal-Mart expressed opposition to the Employee Free Choice Act, spokesman David Tovar said. It didn't tell managers how to vote, he said.

The retailer has been mobilizing managers to warn that Democratic leadership in Washington would probably favor the legislation, making it easier for workers to unionize employers, the Wall Street Journal reported.

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