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[17 Jan 2007|11:42pm]

havingthoughts
"Jan 11, 2007. Today, Wal-Mart confirmed that over half of its employees, 53%, are not covered under the company’s health care plan.

Yet, despite these shameful numbers, Wal-Mart is trying to mislead the public by falsely claiming that its health care plans have actually improved. Here are the facts. Last year, Wal-Mart told the New York Times that it provided company health care to 638,000 employees. Now, Wal-Mart claims it provides company health care to only 636,391 employees.

I don’t know about you, but that sounds like a decrease, not an increase, of almost 2,000 employees.

We have to tell the American people the truth. And, the truth is that with $11 billion in annual profit, it is a national disgrace that Wal-Mart still fails to provide company health care to over half of its employees.

Please take a moment and write a letter to the editor about the Wal-Mart health care crisis.

http://letters.wakeupwalmart.com/dia/organizationsCOM/wakeup/pickMedia.jsp?letter_KEY=379

Contrary to Wal-Mart’s publicity stunts, the reality is that the Wal-Mart health care crisis is getting worse. In the last few months, Wal-Mart decided to eliminate its traditional and standard health care plans for all new hires leaving employees to choose between a high-deductible, catastrophic health care plan and Pres. Bush’s privatized health savings accounts.

How many Wal-Mart employees do you think can afford a $1,000 deductible for individual coverage and $3,000 deductible for family coverage (not to mention additional deductibles for hospital care and pharmaceuticals), when the average Wal-Mart Associate makes $2,000 below the poverty line for a family of four?"
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[17 Jan 2007|01:02am]

havingthoughts
I recieved an email today from someone on my work listserve about a Walmart lawsuit. Here it is:

" In June of 2004 a Federal

Judge certified the largest class action suit in US History. The
suit, brought by 1.6 million women claims that WalMart engaged in a
range of discriminatory practices, unfair hiring and promotion, and
allowed hostile climate to persist even after brought to attention of

responsible supervisors.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/5269131/

The fact that a Federal Judge certified this action which allows it
to go forward, was a huge victory for the plaintiffs, and was no way
a sure thing.

Liza Featherstone's book Selling Women Short is a sympathetic
treatment of the issues involved.

In this discussion it is important to point out that many US
corporations don't produce anything, instead their retail inventory
is from overseas subcontracting. (Nike is an example, and there are
plenty more). The overseas subcontracting is where many labor abuses
take place, in part because some governments essentially promise
corporations that they will not enforce ILO or UN endorsed workplace
standards. The US is a signatory to many of these, but does looks the
other way when negotiating trade agreements. In contrast, some EU
nations are begining to hold overseas firms to standards in effect in
the nation where the work orders originate, or where the output is
being sold.

There is a growing empirical literature demonstrating two very
important points. First, if all the workers in Mexico were to earn a
"living wage" as per Mexico, the cost to US consumers would be
pennies on the dollar. A $25 shirt might at the outside cost $27.
Second, surveys of US consumers consistently show that if the extra
two dollars (or fifty cents or five dollars) were going to improve
worker's wages/living standards, consumers do not feel put upon to
pay the higher price. And a substantial minority WANT to pay a higher
price.

Which may mean that US consumers are "not rational" as per standard
economics and business theory, but absent strong government
regulation of the working conditions underlying international trade,
there is no way for consumers to express their preferences.

Back to WalMart ... 1.6 million women workers should at the very
least receive the benefit of the doubt when considering WalMart labor
practices."
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[20 Dec 2006|05:14pm]

havingthoughts
A petition for Wal-Mart tyo adopt a zero tolerance policy on child labor: http://wakeupwalmart.com/feature/holidays/childlabor.html
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Wal-Mart not big winner on black friday [27 Nov 2006|01:11am]

havingthoughts
here is a little excerpt from an article I read today:

"...Stores and malls that opened as early as midnight on Friday drew a bigger-than-expected turnout, and robust sales for the first day of the season offset slower business as the weekend wore on, according to early reports.

The biggest winners appeared to be electronics chains such as Best Buy Co. Inc. and popular-priced department stores including J.C. Penney Co., which pulled in shoppers with good deals. Yet Wal-Mart Stores Inc., which promised the most aggressive discounting ever, was an exception, announcing Saturday that same-store sales for November will be slightly below its already lackluster forecast. Wal-Mart has struggled for months to appeal to both higher-income shoppers and low-price fans..."
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link [13 Nov 2006|08:02pm]

havingthoughts
The Daily Show on Wal-Mart Lawsuits:

http://youtube.com/watch?v=-j5_socpd5Q
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Wal-Mart finds getting upscale isn't easy [13 Nov 2006|07:55pm]

havingthoughts
Wal-Mart tries to improve its fashion trends
Company has stumbled with strategy to try to appeal to upscale shoppers
The Associated Press

ArticleCollapse )
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Wal-Mart using Christmas specific advertising [09 Nov 2006|07:18pm]

havingthoughts
Wal-Mart opts for ‘Christmas’ marketing
It won't be 'happy holidays' this year; it will be 'Merry Christmas'
The Associated Press
Updated: 5:36 p.m. ET Nov 9, 2006

BENTONVILLE, Ark. - It is beginning to look a lot more like Christmas at Wal-Mart.

This holiday season, Wal-Mart isn’t trumpeting big bargains only. It’s also bringing “Christmas” back into its marketing, after several years of playing down the term.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc.’s Christmas cheer seems to be a hot trend this season as several other retailers including Kohl’s Corp. and Macy’s, a division of Federated Department Stores Inc., are also stepping up their Christmas marketing. The moves respond to mounting criticism from religious groups that staged boycotts against Wal-Mart and other merchants after they eliminated or de-emphasized “Christmas” in their advertising.

“We learned a lesson from that. Merry Christmas is now part of the vocabulary here at Wal-Mart,” said Linda Blakley, a Wal-Mart spokeswoman.

Wal-Mart said Thursday that it will launch its first Christmas-specific TV ad in several years, feature Christmas shops, previously called Holiday Shops, and increase the number of seasonal merchandise labeled “Christmas” instead of “holiday” by 60 percent.

Macy’s is adding Christmas signage in all of its department stores and Kohl’s is playing up Christmas this year in its TV, print and radio advertising, according to Vicki Shamion, a Kohl’s spokeswoman.

Still, not everyone is following suit.

“We are going to continue to use the term holiday because there are several holidays throughout that time period, and we certainly need to be respectful of all of them,” said Dawn Bryant, a spokeswoman at Best Buy Co. Inc., whose advertising omits any reference to Christmas.
© 2006 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

URL: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/15639425/
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[19 Oct 2006|07:00pm]

maillewelder
Check out the new commercial:

http://youtube.com/watch?v=vtxvmhet3P4

http://www.turnthefrownupsidedown.com/main.html
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Ill-Mart [23 Feb 2006|04:13pm]

mcfnord
WAL-MART STORES INC., which has been facing fierce criticism over
employee benefits, said it will open more than 50 in-store
health clinics this year and make further changes to workers'
healthcare plans. Run by third parties, the clinics are open to
shoppers and employees, and are staffed by doctors who can treat
non-emergency illnesses such as strep throat. Costs average
between $45 and $50 per visit, Wal-Mart spokeswoman Mona
Williams said. Wal-Mart said many of the patients who used the
clinics in an initial nine-store pilot were uninsured, and
would have gone to a hospital emergency room to be treated
instead. The national average cost for a doctor's visit is
about $60, while an emergency room visit averages $383,
according to insurer BlueCross BlueShield. More than 40 million
Americans have no insurance, and often turn to emergency rooms
for care. The world's biggest retailer said CEO Lee Scott will
detail the healthcare changes in a speech about healthcare to
the national Governors Association Winter Meeting in Washington
on Sunday.
(Reuters 02:07 PM ET 02/23/2006)
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[04 Feb 2006|10:53am]

maillewelder
http://www.wakeupwalmart.com/feature/waronwomen/

On February 1, three women in Massachusetts sued Wal-Mart and filed a complaint with the state because Wal-Mart refuses to sell legally-approved emergency contraceptive pills. In fact, Wal-Mart chooses not to sell this legal medication in every state except Illinois, where it is mandated by law.

How bad is Wal-Mart’s war on women? Recently, a Wal-Mart worker in Connecticut was fired for being pregnant, over two million female employees are suing Wal-Mart for gender discrimination, and now three Massachusetts women are suing Wal-Mart for being denied legal medicine.

It all adds up to a radical right-wing war on women. Help us tell Wal-Mart's CEO Lee Scott to stop Wal-Mart's “War on Women” and make these legally approved medications available to all women. Women have the right to make their own medical choices – Wal-Mart doesn’t have the right to make medical choices for women.

It’s time to fight to make Wal-Mart do the right thing!

Sign the pledge not to buy medicines from Wal-Mart pharmacies until Wal-Mart respects the rights of all women. Help change Wal-Mart today – millions of women all across America are counting on us.

http://www.wakeupwalmart.com/feature/waronwomen/
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[15 Jan 2006|03:13pm]

maillewelder
Last night, the nation's eyes were on Maryland as Fair Share Health Care became that state's law and the first of its kind in the country.

A bill originally vetoed by Republican Governor Ehrlich in 2005, the Fair Share Health Care Act now requires Maryland's largest employers - those with over 10,000 employees - to live up to an employers' responsibility to make healthcare affordable to all employees.

The Fair Share Health Care bill didn't target Wal-Mart, as its opponents claimed. Instead, Wal-Mart's negligence forced it into the bull's-eye. Of Maryland's five largest employers, only Wal-Mart failed to meet the minimal standards set for healthcare expenditures for its more than 17,000 Maryland workers.
News of yesterday's victory in Annapolis is spreading to state houses across the country like wild fire. The message? -- That citizens everywhere are ready to fight! Wal-Mart's deep pockets, expensive New York PR firms, and high-powered Washington lobbyists have met their match.

Click here to help lay the groundwork for action in your state.

Over the past year, Wal-Mart Watch and our partners nationwide have been quietly building networks of activists, community leaders and elected officials who together represent an unstoppable force for change.
This is not just another political campaign. This is a call for reform that requires thoughtful dialogue and bipartisan state-and-community-specific partnerships. Above all, this fight requires you, your support, your willingness to stand up for what's right for your hometown.

Please join me in standing up today to say loudly and clearly that it is unacceptable that America's largest employer, a company with annual profits of $10 billion, has a health care plan that covers less than half of its employees. After all, Wal-Mart could make these changes for itself. But since it refuses to, we will continue to support local communities and states who believe the health care crisis must be solved now.

Click here to join the fight now.

This story is on the cover of major newspapers around the world today - The New York Times, Washington Post, Baltimore Sun and The Guardian of London. Now it needs to spread in your hometown. Please take a few seconds to help stand for efforts in other states where similar bills are being considered, including:

Colorado
Connecticut
New Hampshire
Rhode Island
Washington
Click here for a full list of states.

Help seize this moment by signing your name in support of reform measures in your state and telling your friends and family to do the same. Help build and strengthen the ties between your local lawmakers and your community to effectively wage this important battle.

http://walmartwatch.com/getlocal

The people of Maryland won a huge victory yesterday. There are many more to look forward to as we all work to improve the lives of working families everywhere.
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125 Illegal Workers Found at Wal-Mart Site [18 Nov 2005|09:04pm]

vivid_horizon
[ mood | bitchy ]

By MICHAEL RUBINKAM, From Yahoo.Com Associated Press Writer
13 minutes ago


SCRANTON, Pa. - An immigration raid at a Wal-Mart distribution center under construction led to the arrests of 125 illegal workers, all of whom will be deported, federal officials said Friday.
o0o0o0o0o Wal*Mart Takes American Jobs!!!Collapse )

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[03 Nov 2005|11:01pm]

maillewelder
LABOR -- REPORT FAULTS LABOR DEPT. FOR CONCESSIONS TO WAL-MART: A report by the Labor Department's inspector general's office "faulted department officials for making 'significant concessions' to Wal-Mart, the nation's largest retailer, without obtaining anything in return." The report cited "serious breakdowns" in procedure involving the Labor Department's promise to give Wal-Mart 15 days notice before investigators looked into possible child labor violations. "The report also criticized department officials for letting Wal-Mart lawyers write substantial parts of the settlement and for leaving the department's own legal division out of the settlement process," the New York Times reports. In reaction to the report, Rep. George Miller (D-CA) said, "The sweetheart deal put Wal-Mart employees at risk, undermined government effectiveness, and further undermined public confidence that the government is acting on its behalf."
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Once again Wal-Mart sucks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! [03 Nov 2005|09:37pm]

tysquared
A few months ago, I told myself that I have to put my money were my mouth is, so I stoped shopping at Wal-mart. Well, to day I gave them another chance. My grandmother told me she had taken my car once before to Wal-Mart to get the battery replaced, so I thought well, I will take it back there. We I arrived some man was having words with a manager, but I could not hear what it was about. Then I stud there and finally grabed a guy and asked who I needed to talk to and he told me. I then go into the auto motive counter and they were busy checking out people who did not have time to wait in line up front. Anyway when I got my turn the lady left to answer the phone and just left me standing there. Then finally took care of it all and left my car. Hours later, I found out instead of placing a new battery in my car they changed the oil, and found out they did the same thing to everyone that day. If you came for a tire change you had your oil changed, then they made me pay for it even if that is not what I wanted or asked for. Any way when I asked about my battery, I was told "we do not know how to change a battery in a car, then the other said well we do we just don't feel like changing batteries today" I later told well, we see you bought your last battery at Napa so why don't you just go back there and get another one, because we don't have time to change batteries. Then another guy told me we don't care if you leave, we alread had 12 people leave mad already.

I want to complain about it but I know nothing will be done.

DOWN WITH Wal-Mart.
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Wal-Mart opens books to economists [02 Nov 2005|08:14pm]

mcfnord
Article about Wal-Mart's new recognition of the importance of public perception.
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Alternet News Article [29 Oct 2005|04:14pm]

maillewelder
Billionaires R Us
http://alternet.org/walmart/27168/

Wal-Mart's Walton family now has 771,287 times more money than the median U.S. household. What gives?


[snip]

The United States is now the third most unequal industrialized society after Russia and Mexico. This is not a club we want to be part of. Russia is a recovering kleptocracy, with a post-Soviet oligarchy enriched by looting. And Mexico, despite joining the rich-nations club of the Organization for Economic and Community Development, has some of the most glaring poverty in the hemisphere.

In 2004, after three years of economic recovery, the U.S. Census reports that poverty continues to grow, while the real median income for full-time workers has declined. Since 2001, when the economy hit bottom, the ranks of our nation's poor have grown by 4 million, and the number of people without health insurance has swelled by 4.6 million to over 45 million.

Income inequality is now near all-time highs, with over 50 percent of 2004 income going to the top fifth of households, and the biggest gains going to the top 5 percent and 1 percent of households. The average CEO now takes home a paycheck 431 times that of their average worker.

[/snip]
....more....
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WMT responds to critics [26 Oct 2005|02:11pm]

mcfnord
http://money.cnn.com/2005/10/26/news/fortune500/walmart/?cnn=yes
    Chambers' memo proposes a number of ways that Wal-Mart could hold down spending on health care and benefits while minimizing damage to its reputation. Those proposals include nine "limited-risk initiatives" and five "bold steps."

    The initiatives include increasing the number of part-time employees while making it easier for part-time employees to become eligible for benefits and offering a variety of benefits from which employees may choose.

    Chambers also mentioned a plan already under way to add health clinics to stores.

    The "bold steps" called for Wal-Mart to institute "consumer-driven health plans" with Health Savings Accounts that would go toward paying higher deductibles; restructuring the retirement program to put more money into health care and less into retirement; redesigning employment at Wal-Mart "to attract a healthier, more productive workforce"; making strategic investments to counter criticism; and improving communications about the company's benefits offering.
This is the only stock I own. I am critical of the company, but I couldn't justify its stock price hitting a 5-year low. I think the "big box" mentality is here to stay, and I don't think it's particularly evil. What I do not accept is when the company breaks labor laws, and the way they lean on government social services. So in many ways I'm pleased by this development. Health clinics seem like a reasonable and sensible addition to their huge store layouts. Health savings accounts are going to be a very popular offering, and the company is leading this trend. Hiring healthier workers is a tricky question, but if you're going to offer medical insurance, you enter into the issue of controlling costs. They will also be motivated to encourage healthy lifestyles, and as the nation's largest non-union employer, that impacts many people. I'm not sure what the part-time issue is... probably related to dodging legal issues around benefits. I think restructuring to fund an HSA instead of a 401(K) makes sense because in the end the HSA is more valuable to everyone.
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[03 Sep 2005|10:42am]

maillewelder
OK, this doesn't entirely relate to Wal-Mart, it's more about big-box stores in general, but it's still funny and poingant and wonderful.

One Happy Big-Box Wasteland
by Mark Morford
San Fransisco Gate
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Please help keep Wal-Mart out of WA [23 Aug 2005|09:43pm]

superho
PLEASE READ THIS ENTIRE BULLETIN AND SHARE THIS INFORMATION WITH OTHERS.

Wal-Mart is threatening to build a second store in the city Mill Creek (Bothell), WA; within 10 miles of the present store.

Wal-Mart is notorious for low wages, providing little to no health care, and stiffing employees of their breaks and overtime pay. Wal-Mart currently has many overtime pay, sexual harrassment, and workplace injury lawsuits pending.

Wal-Mart does not take responsibility for the damage it causes to the environment. The company bullies its vendors and drives small businesses out of town. In the end consumers are not saving money by shopping at Wal-Mart, because many other people in small business lose their jobs and the community ends up paying for the health care of Wal-Mart employees.

The money made in Wal-Mart stores does not stay in local banks to stimulate the local economy- it all gets sent back East to where the company is based. Keep in mind that many of the products in Wal-Mart are cheap not only because the company pays their employees very little, but because they are made by workers overseas who endure horrible working conditions and work for almost nothing.

Furthermore, a Wal-Mart placed on the 132nd street location would be a traffic nightmare and also a safety concern due to the two schools located across the street.

If you oppose the proposed Wal-Mart on 132nd street I urge you to become involved.

Even if you do as little as write a letter to the local editor of the Enterprise or spread the word to others about Wal-Mart it could make a difference.

A local group of citizens is forming to oppose a second Wal-Mart. This group plans on circulating petitions, waving signs, writing letters, and attending city council meetings.

THE NEXT MEETING WILL TAKE PLACE TUESDAY, AUGUST 30TH AT ROUND TABLE PIZZA IN MILL CREEK. If you would like to become involved or offer support please show up!

Other communities such as Stanwood have been successful in keeping Wal-Mart out. We can do it, too! Please leave a comment if you have questions.

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I'm new and I also shar a passion for Wal-Mart hate [15 Aug 2005|01:12am]

egyptmachine
Hi, I have hated Walmart for a while now, and god bless the moderator for this community. I can say for the past 6 months I have been a security guard for Wal-Mart and I fucking hate it. I won't say which company I work for but if you can guess right, I'll tell you whether you're right or not. I also can't stand Wal-mart customers, they might be cool before you enter the parking lot, but as soon as you enter you turn into a bargain hunting s.o.b

Thank you!
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