BOB CLARK, WAL-MART TRUCK DRIVER, BENTONVILLE, ARKANSAS: I have always believed strongly that we don't need unions at Wal-Mart. Theoretically, I understand theargument that unions try to make, that the associates need someone to represent them and so on. Buthistorically, as unions have developed in this country, they have mostly just been divisive. They have putmanagement on one side of the fence, employees on the other, and themselves in the middle as almost aseparate business, one that depends on division between the other two camps. And divisiveness, bybreaking down direct communication, makes it harder to take care of customers, to be competitive, andto gain market share. The partnership we have at Wal-Martwhich includes profit sharing, incentivebonuses, discount stock purchase plans, and a genuine effort to involve the associates in the business sowe can all pull togetherworks better for both sides than any situation I know of involving unions. I'm notsaying we pay better than anybody, though we're certainly competitive in our industry and in the regionswhere we're operating; we have to be if we want to attract and keep good people. But over the longhaul, our associates build value for themselvesfinancially and otherwiseby believing in the company andkeeping it headed in the right direction. Together, we have ridden this thing pretty darned far. Regardless of what was going on at Kmart, the new team we had in place in Bentonville by the lateseventies had us well positioned for the next decade of growth. It was around this same time that many ofthe high-flying promoters in the discounting business began to struggle for their lives. The nationaleconomy weakened in the mid-seventies, and the intense competition among the real merchants began todrive the fast-buck types out of the business. The more efficient Kmart, Target, Wal-Mart, and some ofthe regionals became, and the more we bumped into each other in competitive situations, the more wewere able to lower prices. 自拍亚洲偷丁香五月_色五月丁香_免费v片在线观看网站 The Citizens of Onslow. As good as the quail hunting is around home, Bud and I got really taken with Texas quail hunting a fewyears back. We each got leases on ranches way down in south Texas scrub country, not too far north ofthe Rio Grande Valley. My place is about as simple as they come; Bud's is a good bit fancier. His has aswimming pool.