Mr. H. Lee Scott
President and CEO
702 SW 8th Street
Bentonville, Arkansas 72716
Dear Mr. Scott:
It has come to my attention that Wal-Mart's labor practices were the subject of a multi-year examination and critical report by Human Rights Watch, one of the world's preeminent human rights organizations.
The 208-page report details systemic worker repression at Wal-Mart. According to the report, Wal-Mart engages in both legal and illegal means to create an atmosphere of fear and intimidation among its workforce. Wal-Mart is the largest company in the world and the largest private employer in the United States. None of Wal-Mart's 1.3 million employees is represented by a union.
To help the Subcommittee better understand the issues raised by the Human Rights Watch report, I invite you to brief staff and provide documentation at the earliest possible date, but in no case later than May 15, 2007.
The Domestic Policy Subcommittee has broad jurisdiction over many areas of policy, including labor law and labor practices. The Oversight and Government Reform Committee is the principal oversight committee in the House of Representatives and has broad jurisdiction as set forth in House Rule X. An attachment to this letter provides additional information about how to respond to the Subcommittee's request.
If your staff has questions about this request, they should contact Jaron Bourke, Staff Director of the Subcommittee, at (202) 225-6427.