Thursday, July 21, 2011

Walmart Verses Safeway

SEIU's Mary Kay Henry: We Cannot Ignore Reality that Wal-Mart is America's Chief Corporate Poverty Creator

WASHINGTON - July 20 - Statement of SEIU International President Mary Kay Henry on the White House event recognizing retailers expanding their business in underserved areas. Wal-Mart is among the attendees.
"As the nation's largest union of healthcare workers and as educators, child care providers, and social workers, we see the consequences every day of our failure to confront our country's childhood obesity crisis and provide quality food, health, and education services in underserved areas.
"It's vital that leaders like First Lady Michelle Obama continue to shine a light on this crisis and that we recognize responsible retailers like Safeway that step up their efforts to expand in underserved areas like they've done in neighborhoods in Los Angeles and Oakland. Safeway is not only bringing quality food into neighborhoods long abandoned by other grocery chains, they are also creating quality jobs in these communities.
"But we cannot ignore the reality that Wal-Mart is America's chief corporate poverty creator. And that they are linking arms not with America's workers to create good jobs but with right-wing politicians pushing job-killing policies and massive tax breaks for CEOs and millionaires. As our country's largest employer, Wal-Mart's corporate model of low wages and no benefits leaves millions of their workers unable to purchase healthy food or provide a good life for their families. And when Wal-Mart opens in a community, it can actually drive out good jobs and responsible employers.
"Wal-Mart should not be celebrated for false contributions to our communities and glitzy public relations campaigns that disguise their destructive policies. It's time to hold America's largest employer to a higher standard and demand that they produce quality jobs and do their part to increase opportunity and prosperity in our communities."


  1. Go Walmart!
    People are missing the point. Competition breeds lower prices through lowering the equilibrium. Econ 101.

    In an economy, sooooooooo dependent on illegitimate income (which will someday vanish as quickly as it festered), we need this.

  2. zOned, I suppose you would hold up Crescent City as an example of what we could be like?

    As someone in the advertising business I can assure you that there are few clients left to advertisers in that town. Walmart and Home Depot don't advertise locally.

    So we need this competition so we can replace 24 small stores with two big ones? Tell us again why this model is a good one? Fewer ads in the papers, on tv and radio. Fewer businesses to put on the backs of little league uniforms, fewer businesses for locals to sell their goods to, fewer businesses to pay water and sewer rates to the city. Doesn’t this mean less competition? Of course it does. Your logic is stupid.

    Go Walmart! Seriously, go away, big time.

  3. It's a good thing, I do my part I shop at Target, for what it's worth.


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