July, 2006

BRONX TOWN HALL MEETING TAKING OFF!!


Some “critics” are questioning our passionate efforts that encourage responsible employers… We question why the richest and largest employer in the world refuses to provide Health Care to it’s employees… At our town meeting we will discuss the effects Wal-Mart has on entire communities throughout the world. Also how Wal-Mart target specific communities such as the Bronx. Many seats are being RSVP’d so email us walmartfreenyc@yahoo.com to RSVP yours as soon as possible.

Here is the WakeUpWalmart Flyer, If you’d like any of our flyers sent to you email walmartfreenyc@yahoo.com.

Wal-Mart defeats Maryland, but not Chicago

Recently defeated legislation that would require big box stores to provide health care to employees was passed yesterday afternoon when the Chicago City Council passed legislation requiring “big box” stores, like Wal-Mart and Home Depot, to pay a minimum wage of $10 an hour by 2010, along with at least $3 an hour worth of benefits. The ordinance, imposing the requirement on stores that occupy more than 90,000 square feet and are part of companies grossing more than $1 billion annually, is the first in the country to single out large retailers for wage rules.
Read the NYT Report

Come Join us for a special night



Bronx Town Hall Meeting on Walmart and the Need for Responsible Development and Employers in The Bronx

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19 States, 35 Cities WakeUPWalmart Bus Tour Kickoff

Please Join U.F.C.W. Local 1500, R.W.D.S.U., U.F.C.W. Region One, WakeUpWalmart, Northwest Bronx Community and Clergy Coalition and many other Bronx Community Groups

for a Special Evening

Featuring:

Reverend Markel Hutchins

Democracy for America Chairman Jim Dean

New York City Clergy Members

Tuesday August 1st, 2006 7:00 P.M.

CHURCH OF OUR LADY OF REFUGE
290 EAST 196TH STREET
BRONX, NEW YORK 10458-3506
Tel. 718 367-4690
Off the Grand Concourse between Bainbridge and Briggs Avenues

*Check either the 5 Train or 2 Train*

*Refreshments will be served*

For more information contact Pat Purcell at 973-583-9651 or Ed Lynch at 646-280-8377

Wal-Mart Bill Defeated

Marylands “Fair Share Act” was defeated this week when Judge J. Frederick Motz dismissed the bill for what he calls a bill that “didn’t really provide health care to anyone” The law would require any private company which employed more than 10,000 workers to spend the minimum of 8% of its salary expenses on Health Insurance…OR write a check to the state for the difference.

The bill primarily targets Big Box Stores failure to provide Health Insurance to its large amount of employees. Earlier this year WakeUpWalmart released a report which analyzed the amount of Tax-Payer money that goes towards Wal-Mart workers health care (due to Wal-Mart not providing Health Care and employees using State provided health insurance) The New York State amount was $65 Million Dollars.

Although the Bill was defeated it did pressure Wal-Mart to improve its Health Care situation and is a definite step in the right direction. Read the NYT Editorial on the decision

Wal-Mart steps toward NYC: Step 1: White Plains

Wal-Mart will open a store in a nine-story building in downtown White Plains tomorrow, an urban model that the retailer hopes someday will work in New York City.

Last month, the nation’s largest retailer opened another store just seven miles from Manhattan in Kearny, N.J., as part of its strategy to encircle the city with stores.

The director of corporate affairs for Wal-Mart in the Northeast, Steven Restivo, said the new stores were part of a strategy to increase Wal-Mart’s presence in the tri-state area. He said that more announcements of area openings are expected this fall.

We all must work together to stop Wal-Mart from entering our unique city, please stay active, sign up for email updates and check our sites for more information on what we are going to do to put a stop to this.

Read the NY SUN ARTICLE HERE

Wal-Mart: Your Next Mission Eliminate Small, Local Banks

As if destroying small local business wasn’t enough for the worlds worst and largest employer, they are now targeting small banks. As you know last year when Wal-Mart applied for a bank charter in Utah, they continually pledged that they would not open it’s own branches.
Now local bankers are growing extremley weary of what they call
“a wedge to allow Wal-Mart to begin branch banking and eliminate local banks”
Read the entire report here :
Chicago Tribune Report

Wal-Mart's New Theft Policy

Wal-Mart annouced they will no longer prosecute first-time shoplifters who steal merchandise worth less than $25, The New York Times reported Thursday, citing company documents which were leaked as The New York Times reported.

Wal-Mart said the change would allow it to focus on theft by professional shoplifters and its own employees, who together steal the bulk of merchandise from the chain every year, rather than the teenager who occasionally takes a candy bar from the checkout counter, according to the report.

The report said it may also serve to placate small-town police departments across the country who have protested what the company has called its zero-tolerance policy on shoplifting. Employees summoned officers whether a customer stole a $5 toy or a $5,000 television set – anything over $3, the company said.

At some of the chain’s giant 24-hour stores, the police make up to six arrests a day prompting a handful of departments to hire an additional officer just to deal with the extra workload, the Times added.

The changes in Wal-Mart’s theft policy are described in 30 pages of documents that were provided to The New York Times by WakeUpWalMart.com.
Check out WakeUpWalmart for the leaked document.

Wal-Mart Forces employees to search for Bombs in Store

Managers at local Quebec Wal-Mart forced employees to search the store after it received a bomb threat.

Some 40 nervous employees searched the store for an hour last Thursday, said Mailie Fournier, a former employee of the store. They were accompanied by six police officers.

Several employees, whose jobs don’t include security, found the experience traumatic, said Mr. Fournier.

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The incident prompted Quebec workplace health and safety board to investigate.

Wal-Mart said it simply wanted to help police conduct the search.

According to police, the store didn’t violate any laws and only had an obligation to evacuate the store if a suspicious object was found.

Customers in the store about 60 kilometres east of Montreal were, nonetheless, asked to leave the premises.

Although nothing was found, this a prime example of how Wal-Mart treats their ‘associates‘. This is one of the most ridiculous stories of Wal-Mart’s antics I have ever encountered. Putting employees directly in harms way.

WAL-MART BRONX COMMUNITY MEETING

Here is the WMFNYC Flyer for this weeks Bronx Community meeting….
Feel free to click on it and print it out to hand out to local residents…. If you have any questions regarding the meeting please email Fedele1500@aol.com or edwinelynch@aol.com