"Some fans were critical because Springsteen has been a longtime supporter of worker’s rights, and Wal-Mart has faced criticism for its labor practices."Listen - the only reason WalMart is being attacked is because they are non-union ... if a union ever got in there you can bet people would zip their lips.
These days people need to stretch their dollars as much as they can, but the kids still need to have those basics and birthday presents too.
I'm sorry but as long as WalMart sells shoes for kids at $5/pr and shirts for under $10 and t-shirts for around $3 you can be damned sure that they are doing more for the everyday working family THAT way then they would if they were to let the unions in ....
My SIL works at WalMart, my son worked there and his best-friends still works there -- yes they have issues, but so does any big corporation, so do many small corporations. In fact I know of a union small family bakery in our largest city (now closed due to raised rent on the building) where the workers were constantly being cheated out of overtime & health benefits ... how do I know? All my SIL's kids worked for them, that's how I know.
Back off Walmart. You may not like that they get most of their products from Mexico & China ... but you know what, I bet you'd complain too if you had to pay $30 for a shirt just because it was made in the USA .... you want to save the US industry?
Get the companies to cut their prices ... which they can't do because they have to make enough profit to pay for all the taxes on them, to pay for all the benefits that the unions demand (beyond those promised by state law) ....
I'm not completely against unions ... they have been very useful to help with fair labor laws, to make sure people got that which was promised to them, but then they began to soak the businesses. When they start dictating that you have to join their union in order to get a job at a particular business, that's wrong. when they feel they have the right to tell you who to vote for, that's wrong. when they tell an employer that they have to supply equipment needed to do a job, that's good. when they tell an employer that you can't fire a worker because they can't count past 5 even though their job depends on them being able to count higher, that's bad.
And yes those are all instances of actual issues with unions that I have heard of in my lifetime.