February, 2011

WALMART WORKERS CONFRONT RETAILER AT NYC COUNCIL HEARING

Forced to Choose Between Necessities like Bathroom Breaks and Employment, Workers Join With Experts to Caution Against Walmart’s Exploitative and Discriminatory Business Model


Hearing Shines Light on Why Walmart Doesn’t Share NY’s Values

New York- Today, current and former Walmart employees bravely testified before the City Council at a hearing that focused on Walmart’s long history of exploiting and mistreating workers, while creating dangerous and harmful work environments for its employees. The workers traveled to New York from all over the country and offered testimony about their experiences working for the Arkansas based mega-store – including the lack of bathroom breaks and the culture of fear management creates. Joining the current and former workers were human and worker rights groups, along with academics, discussed why Walmart is different from other chains, and why Walmart will be bad for New York, especially small businesses.

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Hearing to Examine Wal-Mart's Labor Practices

JOIN US:
FEBRUARY 17th at 1 PM
Emigrant Savings Bank
49-51 Chambers Street (Between Broadway and Centre)
New York, New York

Wal-Mart can try to silence their workers in the store but this is OUR CITY and we will use our VOICES to speak truth to power. Members of the Wal-Mart Free NYC Coalition will be testifying on the negative impact the company will have on the well-being of the City’s working men and women. Come show your support!

TODAY IN DESPERATE TACTICS BY WALMART: TRYING TO SHUT DOWN A WEBSITE THAT ENCOURAGES QUESTIONS OF WALMART

Things That Walmart Has Been Sued For: Wage and Sex Discrimination, Lack of Bathroom Breaks, Overtime, Trampling

Councilmember Melissa Mark-Viverito, on behalf of Walmart Free NYC, issued the following statement today upon receiving the news that Walmart is asking that a website for grassroots organizing against the job killing and small business closing mega-store be shut down:

“Since they’ve been sued so many times for wage and sex discrimination, lack of bathroom breaks,  overtime and a trampling death I guess Walmart’s lawyers decided they wanted to file their own lawsuit for once.” said Councilmember Melissa Mark-Viverito.  “Instead of ignoring Council hearings and trying to shut down websites that only seek to expose the truth and the facts of how they do business, Walmart should be welcoming the opportunity to actually engage with New Yorkers rather than bombard them with ads and slick mailpieces.”

Yesterday, Walmart sent a letter to the company that issued the domain name alleging copyright infringement.

Wage/Sex Discrimination: http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2010/12/06/business/main7122496.shtml

Bathroom Breaks: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/10/business/10walmart.html?_r=3&sq=walmart%20bathroom&st=cse&adxnnl=1&scp=1&adxnnlx=1296500801-T6VVS+LurMKw7l2fruIvfQ

Overtime: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/01/26/business/26walmart.html

Trampling: http://money.cnn.com/2009/05/06/news/companies/walmart_crowds.reut/index.htm

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