Put me down as a cynical skeptic   While the death of Jdimytai Damour was a tragic accident, it does not fit into a larger pattern.

(CNSNews.com) – A pro-union group is suggesting that the death of a temporary worker at a Long Island Wal-Mart on Black Friday stems partly from the fact that Wal-Mart workers are not unionized.

Wal-Mart Watch, a group that includes a union leader on its board of directors, issued a press release on Tuesday responding to the death of the worker who was trampled when the store opened and the crowd surged in.

While Jdimytai Damour’s death was a “tragic accident,” it also reflects Wal-Mart’s “blatant disregard for the concern and safety of its workers and customers,” said David Nassar, executive director of Wal-Mart Watch.

The bottom line is that working in retail, is pretty safe.   In 2000, there were 5,915 fatal on the job accidents. of which of which 386 were in sales occupations.    This is union posturing, and no more.   If Wal-Mart Watch wants to establish a “blatant disregard for the concern and safety of its workers and customers”, it needs to show a pattern of deaths and not just one.


On it’s face, this is a laughable situation. Gee, the union’s been trying to break Wal-Mart for years. Does anyone not understand their using everyy tool at their disposal to that end?  This strikes me as a singularly cynical attack on the part of the Unions, and says far more about their vaccuous nature, than it says about any guilt this particular Wal-Mart may… or more likely, may not have had.

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