Friday, September 09, 2005

Union leaders, politicians mount attacks against Wal-Mart

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.