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Published reports this morning say that the All-China Federation of Trade Unions (ACFTU), that country's leading trade union with more than 100 million members and close links to the government, has threatened to sue Wal-Mart after the company refused to allow its workers there the right to union representation.

According to reports, the ACFTU urged Wal-Mart to set up a union in its stores "sooner rather than later, and actively rather than passively."
KC's View:
Yeah, like that's gonna happen…

They'll have to get in line.

Right now, Wal-Mart is wondering where it can get a good Arkansas judge to hear a Chinese lawsuit…

And the Chinese are thinking about how they are going to most effectively teach this American interloper a lesson in diplomacy. After all, those union members aren't just potential employees…they’re also shoppers. And we suspect that the ACFTU has a little more discipline in these matters than the UFCW.

Though when we think about it, we keep conjuring up an image of Wal-Mart CEO Lee Scott standing in the middle of a wide boulevard, holding up his hand, trying to single-handedly stop a Chinese tank from proceeding down the street…

How great would that be.