Wal-Mart Free NYC Coalition



Tuesday, April 12, 2005

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

STATEMENT FROM BRIAN M. MCLAUGHLIN, PRESIDENT OF THE
NEW YORK CITY CENTRAL LABOR COUNCIL/AFL-CIO
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.