- If you are not yet a Down To Earth subscriber, please click here to subscribe: Subscription
- If you are an existing Down To Earth subscriber, please log in to download digital archives.
Civics Course>> Retail • The US
With 270 stores and 40,000 employees, Menards is the third largest home-improvement chain in the US and one of the largest privately held corporations in the country. But its stores sell more than building supplies; their employees are sold a bill of goods in the form of right-wing ideology.
Menards has been encouraging employees to take an at-home online “civics” course that characterises the economic policies of President Barack Obama as a threat to the success of businesses like Menards and, by extension, to the employees’ well-being. Those who pass the course are acknowledged in company publications and bulletins. Website alternatenews.tumblr.com says: “While workers are not required to take it, those hoping for promotion may feel pressure to do so.”
We are a voice to you; you have been a support to us. Together we build journalism that is independent, credible and fearless. You can further help us by making a donation. This will mean a lot for our ability to bring you news, perspectives and analysis from the ground so that we can make change together.
Comments are moderated and will be published only after the site moderator’s approval. Please use a genuine email ID and provide your name. Selected comments may also be used in the ‘Letters’ section of the Down To Earth print edition.