It's a rare reverse-Ehrenreich. The "reporters" are actually union-busting PR flacks who work for Wal-Mart. They cozy up to the workers and pretend to be journalists interested in how shitty it is to work for Wal-Mart, then turn on the employees later.
The workers are pretty furious that their good faith efforts to negotiate with Wal-Mart were met with sleazy spying.
Bonus fun: here is the twitter account
the spy made for herself.
Wal-Mart Sends Fake 'Reporter' From Elite Lobbying Firm To Spy On Warehouse Workers
Wal-Mart is America’s biggest corporation. It’s also one of the country’s worst union busters, so it’s hardly a surprise that it engages in under-handed tactics to get its way with its workers and with America’s politicians.
But a story out of Southern California is particularly shocking.
Warehouse Workers United (WWU), a new organization for warehouse workers in the area, caught Wal-Mart actually sending a fake “reporter” to spy on a group of workers trying to organize warehouses.
At first, the spy identified herself as “Zoe Mitchell,” a USC student “interested in terrible and illegal conditions inside warehouses that move goods for Walmart.” She told warehouse workers that she was a reporter looking into their plight.
But then WWU discovered her true identity. Zoe is actually Stephanie — Stephanie Harnett of Mercury Public Affairs, a giant public relations and lobbying firm that brags of specializing in “Latino Communications“: