Wal-Mart Free NYC Coalition

Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Costco vs. Wal-Mart

Every day Wal-Mart's stock seems to dip lower and lower. At around $47.60, it's the lowest it's been in over two years. The past year, Costco's stock has appreciated about 20%. During the same period, Wal-Mart's stock has depreciated about 20%. (Link: Costco v. Wal-Mart graph) Just something to think about the next time you hear that remaining union free is the only way for a mega-retailer to be succesful.

Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Re: Wal-Mart's "Consumer Survey" of New Yorkers


As usual, Wal-Mart proves once again they know nothing about New Yorkers and the issues that are most important to us. It is the questions Wal-Mart did not ask in their limited "survey" that sums up what is most propelling our citywide education campaign and growing our broad coalition of those opposed to the company opening one of their megastores here. Most New Yorkers do not know that Wal-Mart encourages their employees to apply for government subsidies to provide health insurance for their families, pay wages that perpetuate poverty, lock illegal immigrants in their stores at night, discriminate heavily against women, and make their profits by outsourcing American jobs to the cheapest corners of the world. These are the serious questions New Yorkers must demand answers on from Wal-Mart, and those we intend to continue raising as our fight continues.

Wednesday, April 06, 2005

New AFL-CIO Wal-Mart Report

A New AFL-CIO report titled "The Wal-Mart Tax: A Review of Studies Examining Employers' Health Care Cost-Shifting" came out last week. To understand why so many of their workers rely on public assistance, read "Wal-Mart: An Example of Why Workers Remain Uninsured and Underinsured."
It's kind of hard to afford spending $130 a month (the cheapest possible plan) plus 20% of your medical expenses when you're making $7.50 an hour. Want to take your child to the doctor for a checkup? Sorry, that's not covered by Wal-Mart's plan.

Tuesday, April 05, 2005

RE: Wal-Mart Meet and Greet

With the 'meet and greet' event going on today and tomorrow at Wal-Mart headquarters, Lee Scott can introduce some of his “associates” which help keep the business running. Here's some "associates" I'd like to meet.

First lets hear from someone from the team of “Labor Relations Managers,” who’s job description is to:

Provide education and communication that supports Operations in
remaining union free; on notification of union activity, work closely
with the Legal Department to support management team and develop
campaign material; coordinate efforts across Divisions to accomplish
team goals.

They can maybe clue us in a little bit as to what they do, then we can dim the lights and see some examples of their "education and communication": anti-union videos that they show workers who want to organize.

After that, we could hear a manager at a local Wal-Mart explain the intimate details of the company’s health insurance (not Wal-Mart's other health insurance Medicaid).

Maybe then, we can hear from a couple of the lawyers that keep Wal-Mart’s operations running smoothly. How about one of the ones that argued that an employee recovering from kidney failure is not protected by the Americans With Disabilities Act (The one that claimed that “the inability to cleanse one’s own blood and eliminate body waste does not amount to the limitation of a major life activity...")?

Maybe we’ll even have the opportunity to hear from Wal-Mart executives (one of the ones not fired for embezzlement), and find out who thought it was good idea to take out 'dead peasant' life insurance policies on their beloved "associates" with Wal-Mart as the beneficiaries. They killed two birds with one stone on that stunt, managing to exploit their employees and cheat the IRS at the same time!