Saturday, January 10, 2004
Attention Wal-Mart shoppers
The story of the ad was that Wal-Mart had revitalized an inner city neighborhood in L.A. by putting a store in a building that had been "vacant for five years." Wal-Mart, we are told, created jobs and put the neighborhood back on its feet.
That same neighborhood is entering the fourth month of a grocery strike sparked, it seems, by a corporate decision to drive down wages and benefits in order to compete more effectively with Wal-Mart. The three supermarket chains involved have lost well over $1 billion in sales and will probably have to close some stores when the strike ends. The Union has exhausted it's strike fund and faces the possibility of similar fights nationwide. Striking workers have had to dip into whatever savings they might have had and, as of January 1, have lost their health insurance coverage.
But hey, at least Wal-Mart will sell them cheap posterboard for their picket signs. Always low prices. Always.