Labor's Labor Day Challenge for Wal-Mart

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This Labor Day, Wake Up Walmart, along with a large coalition of labor, environmental and community groups, are challenging Walmart to live up to their PR promises and join us in supporting the American Values Agenda for Change at Walmart.

To help with the effort, Wake Up Wal-Mart is airing two TV ads in major cities.  Check out the first here and the second below the fold:

The coalition includes: AFL-CIO, Change to Win, Sierra Club, Campaign for America's Future, National Education Association, American Federation of Teachers, National Consumers League, AFSCME, American Rights at Work, Communications Workers of America, Interfaith Worker Justice, LIUNA, National Labor Coordinating Committee, Service Employees International Union, International Brotherhood of Teamsters, United Auto Workers, United Farmer Workers and United Steel Workers.

The American Values Agenda for Change at Walmart issues a direct challenge to Walmart in five key areas: worker rights, quality jobs, equal opportunity, corporate responsibility and a healthy environment and lays out the next steps for how the coalition, led by the UFCW, will hold Walmart accountable for those challenges.


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  1. 700,000 Wal*Mart Employees
    without health insurance…that's why I don't shop there. Excellent videos and superb challenge:

    Our nation is facing a moment of intense challenges, but also great opportunities. Because Walmart is a presence in so many of our communities, because it employs so many, because it affects the lives of working families across the country and around the world, it is uniquely positioned to be a powerful force for change.

    We challenge Walmart, on Labor Day 2009, to join with us and work to create the vibrant workplace, the healthy planet and the thriving community that we all want and are willing and ready to work for.

  2. A company making profit in this economy
    is one that is run well.  As soon as they start doing what the “groups” that continually threaten economic retribution for not doing what they want they will become the next GM. However ObamaMart would lend itself to a wider array of “Cash for _________'s”  

    • So
      it doesn't matter how you make your profit…making the profit (in this economy) makes you eligible for business sainthood. Is that right? I thought we decided a long time ago that unless there are firewalls in place, there is a tendency for management to take advantage of workers? Or is that something I imagined.

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