The National Labor Committee is taking on Wal-Mart
for its treatment of sweatshop workers.
The weekend vandalism caused damage estimated by sheriff's deputies at more than $88,000, but a Wal-Mart
spokeswoman said the damage won't delay the store's planned opening in late August.
officials also expect the low prices to bring shoppers to Wal-Mart
stores, and they think it's about time that someone tries free enterprise in the healthcare market.
quickly distanced itself from the remark, as did Young himself.
All these initiatives are put in the service of a single overarching objective--keeping Wal-Mart
and similar big-box firms from entering urban retail markets dominated by old-line supermarkets.
came along, offering urbanites food at the same low prices charged in the suburbs.
There is also the company's unapologetic grubbing for government handouts--though even here, the film steals a few bases by counting as subsidies all welfare benefits received by Wal-Mart
employees, as though these were a cost the store imposed on taxpayers by failing to pay higher wages.
And there is the drain on states and counties by full-time Wal-Mart
associates who are forced to use Medicaid, food stamps and other public-assistance programs.
While the company's pay may seem attractive to Austin residents who are unemployed or working low-wage jobs, some neighborhood activists say current Wal-Mart
employees at a nearby store still need help paying their bills.
Morgan Stanley reports that food sales to Wal-Mart
are growing by twenty percent annually, which is similar to reported growth in organic food sales overall.
Tomorrow morning," he said, "we need you to pray for the City Council to vote for Wal-Mart
in this community.