Thursday, April 10, 2008
Another article with video with Sam Wal-mart praising ole hill.
Kansas Firm Airs Candid Wal-Mart Videos
By MARCUS KABEL – 19 hours ago
Wal-Mart's internal meetings are on display in three decades worth of videos made by a Kansas production company scrambling to stay in business after Wal-Mart stopped using the firm.
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. dropped longtime contractor Flagler Productions in 2006. In response to losing its biggest customer, the small company has opened its archive, for a fee, to researchers who include plaintiffs' lawyers and union critics seeking clips of unguarded moments at the world's largest retailer.
Those moments never meant for public display include a scene of male managers parading in drag at an executive meeting, a clip used by union-backed critics at Wal-Mart Watch for a recent advertisement castigating the retailer's attitude toward female employees.
"The videos provide insight into the company's real corporate culture when they're not in the public eye," Wal-Mart Watch spokeswoman Stacie Lock Temple said Tuesday.
Much of the interest in the candid videos is coming from plaintiff lawyers pursuing cases against Wal-Mart.
"The rarity is that it exists at all," said Brad Seligman, lead attorney in a massive class-action lawsuit that alleges Wal-Mart discriminated systemically against female employees.
"Once in a while you come upon documents that are helpful in a case," the Berkeley, Calif.-based lawyer added. "What's amazing about this is that this company has a video record going back many years showing senior management in at times fairly candid situations."
Seligman said one clip from Lenexa, Kan.-based Flagler shows Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton in the late 1980s telling the board of directors that not enough women were in management.
Wal-Mart denies it discriminates against women and in recent years has published its annual women and minority hiring statistics.
Wal-Mart said it is unhappy with the public airing of its video record.
"Needless to say, we did not pay Flagler Productions to tape internal meetings with this aftermarket in mind," Wal-Mart spokeswoman Daphne Moore said.
She declined to comment on any legal steps the company might be considering.
Flagler says Wal-Mart has no legal power over the videos because the two sides did not sign a contract when founder Mike Flagler was hired in the 1970s to produce Wal-Mart meetings and management conferences.
Flagler Productions on YouTube
Tee Hee! The biggest employer of sweat shop labor overseas does not have their stuff together enough to have a signed contract with the production company filming it's little get togethers, (extravaganzas). Greed must have clouded their vision.
Combine that with the skeleton in ole hills closet rising to the surface and so obvious even the MSM cannot leave it alone.
I really hate rich crooks, don't you?