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In this extensively researched study, we show that the giant retailer has received more than $1 billion in economic development subsidies from state and local governments across the country. Taxpayers have helped finance not only Wal-Mart stores, but also the company's huge network of distribution centers, more than 90% of which have gotten subsidies. The report also includes policy proposals, including a prohibition on subsidies to big-box retailers except in distressed areas that are underserved by retail outlets (and in those cases the recipient of the subsidy should be required to pay a living wage.)
Portland is considering letting Home Depot move in to the east base of the Burnside Bridge. Today they held a public meeting asking for input on the pros and cons.
At the meeting, PDC will commence the Public Outreach process for a conceptual large scale mixed use project at the northwest corner of E Burnside and NE Martin Luther King Jr.
The following is information from the development department on the next public meeting to solicit comments on the proposed development. Enjoy!
Rally up at Wal Mart in Eugene. Protest the proposal to expand over 200,000 sq. ft. Wal Mart aims to open up a grocery center. This means it will offer low low prices until it squeezes out local businesses, and then raise the prices again.
HILLSBORO - A state land use board Wednesday denied an appeal by Wal-Mart to build Washington County's first Wal-Mart (a 210,155-square-foot Supercenter), delivering a victory to the city in a controversy that has played out for 18 months.
we need to do this whenever another one of those hideous, monopolizing warts pops up - squash it!
DENVER (AP) - A computer hardware problem caused more than 800,000 credit and debit card transactions to be double- or triple-billed last week at Wal-Mart stores nationwide, according to officials at First Data Corp. (FDC), which handled the electronic payments.
In a recent blog interview, Randy Leonard describes his trip to a retailer's convention, where he urged "major anchor chains" to move into Portland. It's easy to connect the dots and see why PDC is now negotiating with Home Depot to locate at Burnside and M.L.King Boulevard.
Wal-Mart is now trying to become its own government.
see email address link below
According to an Article in the Oregonian, the Portland Development Commission wants to use your tax dollars to help Home Depot locate on the east end of the Burnside Bridge.
I was lurking around the Fender Forum and ran across a discussion about Wal Mart. There are some ignorant fucks out there you think Wal Mart is God's gift to humanity or something. Does anyone have any link to a good summary of why Wal Mart is bad? I'd like something based in reason, not emotion. Hard statistics are always a good weapon. Studies by the government or by right-of-center think tanks are always good too because then people can't say, "well, they're just expressing the left-wing bias."
From Tuesday's Tribune...The Portland Development Commission is making plans for a 125,000-square-foot Home Depot at the corner of Burnside and MLK. ... Asked for a comment, PDC spokeswoman Martha Richmond allowed as to how the commission is developing something called a "Lower Burnside Plan," to include a mix of retail and housing. "That's all I can say at this point."
Families believe they save at Wal Mart but how are our gas prices and hows the environment doing
Lawmakers in several states this week are preparing rules to prevent Wal-Mart and other companies from using radio-frequency identification tags to spy on their customers.
Corporate grocery chains screw workers to make more money.
In just the last six months, the Portland Metro Area has witnessed an on-going worker strike at Powell's book store and on-going solidarity pickets of Safeway stores. These are over worker benefits, immigrant rights, and working conditions. There is an underlying force to these actions, the super-conglomerate-corporate-monster Wal$Mart.
Wal$Mart has been rapidly expanding its market reach and potential all across the board. This is especially prevalent with the "wal$mart super stores" that also have grocery outlets housed inside. Wal$Mart is the largest employer in the US, and the number one corporation ont he Fortune 500 list. Because a super corporation is taking these leaps in the market, it is stressing smaller corporations, independant businesses, and especially workers unions.
Currently, there are rumours that Wal$Mart is moving into an old Albertsons store on McCloughlin Blvd. There are ongoing a class action lawsuit against walmart on behalf of womyn employees, a Planned Parenthood boycott, and a generral boycott call from "Boycott International". There is even an animal rights against Wal$Mart.
those who think Walmart is "good down home folk" had better read this one.
Good people of Milwaulie, unite and be vigilant.
It has been a rough several months for the planet's largest retailer. In October, federal officials raided 60 stores and charged people working as janitors for subcontractors with being illegal immigrants.
The company is fighting numerous cases claiming sex discrimination and wage violations, and recently won dismissal of a complaint in Las Vegas.
As businesses such as Levi Strauss & Co. close North American plants, some blame Wal-Mart's insistence on its vendors cutting prices for the shutdowns.
Wal-Mart is the bellwether of America's future. Over 1.4 million people now work for Wal-Mart. If American workers do not change how Wal-Mart operates, working Americans are in deep trouble.
We've been forced out of business because of the likes of Wal-Mart
Wal-Mart had profits last year of $8 billion and the CEO received $18 million in total compensation, while low wages combined with unaffordable benefits pushes nearly 50 percent of its workers onto their spouses' health care plan or taxpayer subsidized public assistance.
Labor is fighting the expected onslaught, but the big retailer rarely concedes defeat.
Wal-Mart, once a believer in buying American, extracts ever lower prices from 10,000 suppliers worldwide. As late as 1995, Wal-Mart said imports accounted for no more than 6% of its products. Today 50% to 60% of the merchandise in the company's U.S. stores is imported.
Wal-Mart is so powerful that it moves the economies of entire countries, bringing profit and pain. The prices can't be beat, but the wages can.
Scrooge lives folks, but he is now incorporated and he runs Wal-Mart. This Scrooge is not immoral; he is amoral. He simply doesn't care if his actions put Americans out of work, or results in depressed wages across the country. Republicanism apparently has turned us into an amoral nation. We simply don't give a damn about Wal-Mart workers and all the companies like Wal-Mart.
Wal-Mart working to destroy the middle class.
As down the drain we go. Are you better off than you were 4 years ago?
The giant retailer's low prices often come with a high cost. Wal-Mart's relentless pressure can crush the companies it does business with and force them to send jobs overseas. Are we shopping our way straight to the unemployment line?
Home Depot: America's Do-It-Yourself Bush Fundraising Store? An article from Public Citizen.
Perhaps you are unwilling to make your hardware and related purchases at a chain that is helping to undermine democracy - pumping money into an Administration that puts contributors' profits ahead of the public interest and then looking for paybacks at taxpayer expense.
This sums up the state of American culture nicely...insane consumerism...don't get in its way or else!
Think about it, multi-billion dollar corporations who are supposed to be in "competition" with each other have joined together to try and crush their employees. They would rather lose tens of millions of dollars a week in the short term in the hopes of stealing hundreds of millions from their employees in the long term. This is not someone else's fight; we all have a stake in it.
White collar jobs getting "outsourced"
U.S. investigators believe Wal-Mart has shown a "reckless disregard" for U.S. immigration laws, exploiting workers, and has continued to hire some contractors who were already convicted of felony violations.
Wal-Mart already faces dozens of lawsuits alleging discrimination and violations of wage-and-hour rules, and labor groups say the company has an anti-union stance.
Sally Lieber, D-San Jose, points to Wal-Mart employee hand-outs about social services like Medicaid, food stamps and temporary assistance as proof that the retailer uses state and federal tax dollars to supplement "poverty" level wages and benefits.
Today, Friday, Oct. 17, activists in Cascadia stood up to defend the forests of Canada. Meeting at the Office Depot on MLK near Stark, they brought banners and flyers to educate the public and Office Depot customers about how the store's paper procurement policies don't go far enough to protect ancient forests.
Although two driving passers-by had the usual blather -- "Go home!" (I am home, I thought to myself, here in Cascadia, trying to defend the forests!) and "Hippies!" -- other people honked and waved, and at least two customers told Office Depot they would be taking their business elsewhere. The first of the two was staff from one of the Community Colleges, and the second was a city employee who purchases supplies for a whole division, so these two customers represented significant business for the store. The woman from the city had not heard about Office Depot's policies before, but was quickly convinced on the spot, and went inside to tell them she was terminating the relationship. Yay!
The largest private employer in the US has been accused of discriminating against women in what may become the biggest class action case in legal history. Up to one-and-a-half million women could join the action against the Wal-Mart chain in a suit being heard in San Francisco this week.
Wal-Mart Stores, based in Bentonville, Arkansas, employs over a million people nation-wide and only the government is a bigger employer.
Walmart tries to rally support in S. Oregon
Wal-Mart's promise of falling prices has failed to win over everyone in Hillsboro.
Hillary Clinton has a current history of human rights abuses left out of her autobiography. Portland has been called onto address them for her.
This evening, June 10th, members of Katuah Earth First, in coordination with neighborhood activists, will be confronting the Chattanooga City council and demanding that plans to build a Wal-Mart on some of the town's last green space and wet lands be scrapped.
The Tennessee Valley faction of Katuah Earth First is asking you to support their campaign to prevent the building of yet another Wal-Mart.
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. female employees said in a lawsuit seeking lost pay and damages on behalf of as many as 1.6 million female workers that they had to visit strip clubs while on business and were called "little Janie Qs" by male managers.
And there is this attributed to a male Wal-Mart manager in South Carolina. "God made Adam first so women would always be second to men."
Gentrification will come full circle to Hawthorne Blvd, as Wal Mart announces plans to build a supercenter in the heart of the Hawthorne district.
A federal jury in Portland, Ore., found Wal-Mart Stores, the world's largest retailer, guilty yesterday of forcing its employees to work unpaid overtime in the first of 40 such lawsuits to go to trial.
A woman who has been shopping at the Walmart in Salina, KS "one or two times a week" for the past two years was questioned by police when she took photos of her topless three-year-old daughter and unclothed one-year-old in to be developed. Do you think she'll stop shopping there NOW?
ROSCOE — Mighty Wal-Mart Stores, with more than a million workers, has backed away from a court fight with a tiny Roscoe-based bargain-hunting Web site that employs six people.
Four out of ten American women "shop" at Walmart at least weekly, and the trendy go there for fashion bargains. Are they aware that the average Walmart "associate" is a woman who makes $7.50 an hour with no medical insurance benefits? Do they care?
Walmart Union story from AP Wire - heaadline on Yahoo news.
4 pictures taken at the ufcw demonstration at the 82nd avenue WalMart in Portland on November 21, 2002.
November 21, 2002, at S.E. 82nd and Holgate, in Portland Oregon, at least 100 people gathered to protest the predatory labor practices of WalMart, the world largest corporation.
Working families are standing up to Wal-Mart, demanding the mega-company pay workers a living wage, provide affordable health care for workers, stop illegal interference with workers' freedom to form a union, respect communities, respect workers, end discrimination and respect the environment.
Wal-Mart is waging war on workers -- and the first casualty is the American standard of living. We urge you to join the United Food and Commercial Workers and the AFL-CIO in launching the Peoples Campaign-Justice @ Wal-Mart. Participate in the National Day of Action on November 21, as a first step in building the grassroots movement that will transform Wal-Mart into a responsible employer and corporate citizen.
Labor and Community Activists in Southern Oregon will be participating in
the November 21 Wal*Mart Day of Action
There's an action in Portland, too. We're gonna surround 'em from both ends of the state!
Wal-Mart does not want the U.S. buying public to know that its famous low prices are the product of human misery, so while it loudly proclaims that its global suppliers must comply with a corporate "code of conduct" to treat workers decently, it strictly prohibits the disclosure of any factory names and addresses, hoping to keep independent sources from witnessing the "code" in operation.
10-22-02 Worker Voice Radio to Analyze Judge's Verdict in Las Vegas
Wal-Mart Trial, and The Program is Streamed on the Web
Oregon's chapter of the National Organization for Women names Wal-mart Merchant of Shame. We rally Sept 28, to call attention to the numerious abuses by Wal-mart. Protest located at 4550 W. 11th Street, Eugene Oregon. We start at noon.
Home Depot protest Eugene Nov 30 2-5 PM