Woe Is Wal-Mart

A potential new labor law has turned the world’s biggest and best discount retailer into a speculation stock, Cramer said Friday. If the bill passes, it would cause an existential crisis for managers – company and money alike – because the store could no longer perform its primary function, delivering inexpensive goods to consumers.

That’s right, the Employee Free Choice Act, also known as card-check, would make it easier for workers to form unions and harder for employers to stand in their way. That’d be one big thorn in the side of Wal-Mart , whose U.S. workforce alone totals 1.4 million people. Put simply, the law would strike right at the heart of the company’s profitability. Both Wal-Mart and Wall Street are terrified, needless to say, as this once-stalwart part of any investor’s portfolio has become an “what if.”

So how exactly will this affect Wal-Mart? What does it mean for the U.S. unemployment rate? Or your retirement account, for that matter? Watch the video for Cramer’s full report.

Cramer's charitable trust owns Wal-Mart.

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