Wal-Mart Free NYC Coalition

Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Wal-Mart Relies on Public Health Care

Georgia, Tennessee, Florida, Arkansas, Connecticut, Iowa, Alabama, Massachusetts, California, Wisconsin, and West Virginia have all found Wal-Mart to be the employer with the most workers on State health care; no surprise from a company that assists its workers in applying for taxpayer funded Medicaid.

Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Wal-Mart's Corporate Welfare

Several articles came out recently which illustrate one of Wal-Mart’s major advantages over small retailers: corporate welfare. Over the years, Wal-Mart has received billions of dollars in tax breaks and subsidies, which gives it an edge over competitors. Why should the largest corporation in the world get our tax dollars, you ask? Perhaps it has something to do with the millions of dollars it spends on campaign contributions.

In Gas City, Indiana, the state house just passed a bill to extend “…the deadline for a tax abatement on new logistical and information technology equipment that was used to attract a Wal-Mart distribution center to Gas City.”

Meanwhile, in Evergreen Park, a suburb of Chicago, Wal-Mart was offered $5.25 million in sales tax incentives to complete construction of their store before the holiday season.

In Colorado, Wal-Mart “announced last week it would not be building a distribution center in Pueblo West after all.” The reason? “the company said county commissioners were taking too long to sign a tax abatement agreement.”

Monday, March 21, 2005

re: Wal-Mart Settling Ilegal Immigrant Case

March 18, 2005


NEW YORK -- Today’s $11 million settlement by Wal-Mart to settle long-running allegations that the retailer giant shamefully exploited illegal immigrants to clean their stores is yet another example of why New York City is better off without them. New York is a city of immigrants, and we know that exploiting ANY group of workers is an attack on the living standards of all workers. Wal-Mart preys on those who are working to make a better life for themselves and their families. Today, millions of immigrants in New York City are playing by the rules, fighting for good jobs, access to health care and rights on the job. We owe it to them to keep predator employers like Wal-Mart out of our immigrant-built city.

Sunday, March 20, 2005

Statement by Brian Mclaughlin
President of the New York City Central Labor Council/AFL-CIO

RE: Wal-Mart/RegoPark

The message to Wal-Mart today is simple: New York is one tough customer, and if you want to do business with us, you must clean up your act. Wal-Mart is a staunchly anti-union employer which has deployed ruthless intimidation tactics to suppress workers' rights to organize a union, while driving down wages and benefits in the retail industry and beyond. The Wal-Mart struggle in Rego Park was just the beginning of a very long battle towards an outcome everyone can afford.