New anti Walmart ad makes it in NY Times by Mitch E. Perry

05/23/06

In recent years, the world’s largest retail chainstore,Walmart, has become the object of growing resentment. Last year alone saw a film devoted to the perceived evils of the corporation, and 2 different national coalitions formed to essential try to change some of the Arkansas based company’s tactics.

Critics blast the company for its failure to provide health care coverage for nearly half its employees, it’s effect on local mom and pop stores, and its relatively low wages it pays its work force.

One anti Walmart group, Walmart Watch, today paid over $150,000 for a full page in the New York Times to ask for a “Handshake with � with Sam, referring to its late founder, Sam Walton.

Andrew Grossman is the Executive Director with Walmart Watch (roll tape#1 o.q.�and the people they do business with�)

The Ad lists what WalMart Watch calls “The Moral Responsibilities of Wal-Mart�, starting with protecting human dignity of employees, ensuring quality and affordable health care coverage and using market power to improve supplier conditions and wages.

Again, Walmart Watch’ Andrew Grossman (roll tape#2 o.q.�do business with�)

So what does WalMart think of the ad, and the proposal? Bob McAdam is Vice President of Communications with WalMart (roll tape#3 o.q. “before they begin to criticize�)

WalMart Watch is a coalition of advocacy groups formed to put pressure on the retail giant to become more employee friendly, and a better corporate citizen.

Andy Stern is President of the Service Employees International Union and a board member of Walmart Watch. He said there is an economic revolution going on right now that the world has never seen. And he says that as many sectors of the world economy are being forced to adapt, so should Wal=mart (roll tape#4 o.q.�Sam Walton�)

Sterns says the 7 point plank isn’t a set of demands, but simply the beginnings of a conversation with WalMart. But WalMart Watch admits that in the year they have been formed, they have never had a meeting with anybody from Walmart. And from the sounds of its Vice President of Communications, Bob McAdam, there is NOT any real desire to do so (roll tape#5 o.q.�for our company �)

The SEIU’s Andy Stern was asked, hypothetically, what if Walmart were to accept the 7 points listed in the “Handshake with Sam?� Would that make almartwatch.com’s work done? Stern said hardly (roll tape#6 o.q. “business model as well�)

Walmart has fiercely and successfully resisted all attempts to unionize any of its over 3600 stores in the U.S, and neither WalMart Watch , nor Wake Up Wal Mart are actively trying to do that.

Rick Smith is the director of the Wal Mart Workers Association and WARN – Walmart Alliance for Reform Now….

Walmart has fiercely and successfully resisted all attempts to unionize any of its over 3600 stores in the U.S, and neither WalMart Watch , nor Wake Up Wal Mart are actively trying to do that.

Rick Smith is the director of the Wal Mart Workers Association and WARN – Walmart Alliance for Reform Now….

He says the Worker Association has been effective in aiding WalMart employees (roll tape# 5 o.q.support them�)

In many ways, the Workers Association And WARN help employees the way a union might. But Smith says there are no plans for collective bargaining for WalMart Employees anytime soon (roll tape#6 o.q.�problems that you have at work�)

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The closest time WalMart almost unionized was in Texas in 2000 when the store eliminated its meat department after 11 meat cutters voted to join a union. Walmart And Unions

In recent years, the world’s largest retail chainstore,Walmart, has become the object of growing resentment. Last year alone saw a film devoted to the perceived evils of the corporation, and 2 different national coalitions formed to essential try to change some of the Arkansas based company’s tactics.

Critics blast the company for its failure to provide health care coverage for nearly half its employees, it’s effect on local mom and pop stores, and its relatively low wages it pays its work force

One anti Walmart group, Walmart Watch, today paid over $150,000 for a full page in the New York Times to ask for a “Handshake with � with Sam, referring to its late founder, Sam Walton.

Andrew Grossman is the Executive Director with Walmart Watch (roll tape#1 o.q.�and the people they do business with�)

The Ad lists what WalMart Watch calls “The Moral Responsibilities of Wal-Mart�, starting with protecting human dignity of employees, ensuring quality and affordable health care coverage and using market power to improve supplier conditions and wages. Again, Walmart Watch’ Andrew Grossman (roll tape#2 o.q.�do business with�)

So what does WalMart think of the ad, and the proposal? Bob McAdam is Vice President of Communications with WalMart (roll tape#3 o.q. “before they begin to criticize�)

WalMart Watch is a coalition of advocacy groups formed to put pressure on the retail giant to become more employee friendly, and a better corporate citizen.

Andy Stern is President of the Service Employees International Union and a board member of Walmart Watch. He said there is an economic revolution going on right now that the world has never seen. And he says that as many sectors of the world economy are being forced to adapt, so should Wal=mart (roll tape#4 o.q.�Sam Walton�)

Sterns says the 7 point plank isn’t a set of demands, but simply the beginnings of a conversation with WalMart. But WalMart Watch admits that in the year they have been formed, they have never had a meeting with anybody from Walmart. And from the sounds of its Vice President of Communications, Bob McAdam, there is NOT any real desire to do so (roll tape#5 o.q.�for our company �)

The SEIU’s Andy Stern was asked, hypothetically, what if Walmart were to accept the 7 points listed in the “Handshake with Sam?� Would that make walmartwatch.com’s work done? Stern said hardly (roll tape#6 o.q. “business model as well�)

Walmart has fiercely and successfully resisted all attempts to unionize any of its over 3600 stores in the U.S, and neither WalMart Watch , nor Wake Up Wal Mart are actively trying to do that.

Rick Smith is the director of the Wal Mart Workers Association and WARN – Walmart Alliance for Reform Now….

He says the Worker Association has been effective in aiding WalMart employees (roll tape# 5 o.q.support them�)

In many ways, the Workers Association And WARN help employees the way a union might. But Smith says there are no plans for collective bargaining for WalMart Employees anytime soon (roll tape#6 o.q.�problems that you have at work�)

The closest time WalMart almost unionized was in Texas in 2000 when the store eliminated its meat department after 11 meat cutters voted to join a union. Walmart And Unions

In recent years, the world’s largest retail chainstore,Walmart, has become the object of growing resentment. Last year alone saw a film devoted to the perceived evils of the corporation, and 2 different national coalitions formed to essential try to change some of the Arkansas based company’s tactics.

Critics blast the company for its failure to provide health care coverage for nearly half its employees, it’s effect on local mom and pop stores, and its relatively low wages it pays its work force

One anti Walmart group, Walmart Watch, today paid over $150,000 for a full page in the New York Times to ask for a “Handshake with � with Sam, referring to its late founder, Sam Walton.

Andrew Grossman is the Executive Director with Walmart Watch (roll tape#1 o.q.�and the people they do business with�)

The Ad lists what WalMart Watch calls “The Moral Responsibilities of Wal-Mart�, starting with protecting human dignity of employees, ensuring quality and affordable health care coverage and using market power to improve supplier conditions and wages. Again, Walmart Watch’ Andrew Grossman (roll tape#2 o.q.�do business with�)

So what does WalMart think of the ad, and the proposal? Bob McAdam is Vice President of Communications with WalMart (roll tape#3 o.q. “before they begin to criticize�)

WalMart Watch is a coalition of advocacy groups formed to put pressure on the retail giant to become more employee friendly, and a better corporate citizen.

Andy Stern is President of the Service Employees International Union and a board member of Walmart Watch. He said there is an economic revolution going on right now that the world has never seen. And he says that as many sectors of the world economy are being forced to adapt, so should Wal=mart (roll tape#4 o.q.�Sam Walton�)

Sterns says the 7 point plank isn’t a set of demands, but simply the beginnings of a conversation with WalMart. But WalMart Watch admits that in the year they have been formed, they have never had a meeting with anybody from Walmart. And from the sounds of its Vice President of Communications, Bob McAdam, there is NOT any real desire to do so (roll tape#5 o.q.�for our company �)

The SEIU’s Andy Stern was asked, hypothetically, what if Walmart were to accept the 7 points listed in the “Handshake with Sam?� Would that make walmartwatch.com’s work done? Stern said hardly (roll tape#6 o.q. “business model as well�)

Walmart has fiercely and successfully resisted all attempts to unionize any of its over 3600 stores in the U.S, and neither WalMart Watch , nor Wake Up Wal Mart are actively trying to do that.

Rick Smith is the director of the Wal Mart Workers Association and WARN – Walmart Alliance for Reform Now….

He says the Worker Association has been effective in aiding WalMart employees (roll tape# 5 o.q.support them�)

In many ways, the Workers Association And WARN help employees the way a union might. But Smith says there are no plans for collective bargaining for WalMart Employees anytime soon (roll tape#6 o.q.�problems that you have at work�)

The closest time WalMart almost unionized was in Texas in 2000 when the store eliminated its meat department after 11 meat cutters voted to join a union.

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