Can Barack Wake Up Wal-Mart?

Democrats Obama and Edwards kick off the Wal-Mart watchdog's holiday campaign to pressure the mega-retailer for better wages

In a much-publicized and carefully executed event on Nov. 15, Senator Barack Obama (D-Ill.) and former Senator John Edwards (D.-N.C.) lent their voices and their political clout to the effort to pressure Wal-Mart Stores (WMT), the world's largest retailer, to change its workplace practices. The two participated in evening conference calls with Wal-Mart workers, organized by the union-funded group WakeUpWalMart.com. The conference calls officially launched a six-week campaign titled "Hope for the Holidays," during which the watchdog group plans to push for changes at Wal-Mart.

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