Wal-Mart's anti-union efforts were headed by one of Clinton's fellow board members, John Tate, a Wal-Mart executive vice president who also served on the board with Clinton for four of her six years.
Tate was fond of repeating, as he did at a managers' meeting in 2004 after his retirement, what he said was his favorite phrase, "Labor unions are nothing but bloodsucking parasites living off the productive labor of people who work for a living." [Watch video.]
Wal-Mart says Tate's comments "were his own and do not reflect Wal-Mart's views."
The Clinton campaign has since stated, "As president, she will fight alongside labor to promote the economic growth of America's middle class," and that Clinton strongly believes that Wal-Mart employees should be allowed to unionize.