The Staten Island Advance covered an anti-Wal-Mart rally held on Wednesday sponsored by organized labor. The event is part of a 5 borough-wide campaign to educate New Yorkers and convince politicians that "There's more to life than cheap underwear." From the Advance
Standing in the parking lot of Pathmark in Port Richmond on a star-spangled trailer -- plastered with the names of anti-Wal-Mart Web sites and a flunking report card -- union members and politicians took turns at the podium airing their gripes about the multibillion-dollar company, which they say treats workers unfairly in a quest to offer low prices that choke out mom-and-pop businesses.
Wal-Mart, said state Sen. Diane Savino (D-North Shore/Brooklyn), is the "epitome of what is wrong with corporate America, and what is right with the labor movement."
The Neighborhood Retail Alliance's Richard Lipsky also chimed in:
"Wherever Wal-Mart comes, Main Street closes," said Richard Lipsky of the Neighborhood Retail Alliance.