Posts Tagged 'Walmart'

The struggle for a living wage

Walmart Fighting Bill That Would Grant Living Wage to Employees in D.C.

The mega-retailer—which is set to open six stores in D.C., the first two later this year—is among a number of opponents to a proposed bill that would force national retailers with stores larger than 75,000 square feet and annual revenues of over $1 billion to pay an hourly living wage of $11.75 and offer benefits, reports the Post.

The bill was introduced by D.C. Council Chair Phil Mendelson and is backed by 11 of his colleagues.

Three cheers for Phil Mendelson, I didn’t know he had it in him.

I don’t know whether this is the result of the Respect DC activists, pressure from Giant and Safeway, of just the mere thought of all those part time Walmart workers filling up DC’s homeless shelters, but it seems DC Council is going to do the right thing. Hurray!

Another reason we don’t want Walmart in DC

Warehouse workers report dangerous conditions at Walmart.

Don’t vote for Yvette Alexander

Always Low Prices: Walmart Developer Bundles Donations for Yvette Alexander

Also Alexander supports online gambling. Ward 7 can do better.

Walmart! Respect DC! Respect our laws!

Respect DC flashmobbed Walmart to send a message to the world’s largest retailer. The message was LOUD and clear: Respect DC and Respect Associates.

Thanks to District Circus Marching Band, Isaiah Toney, Vera Leone, and Kristen Arant ( for making great music!
Thanks to Karlyn Williams for the creative choreography.
A big thank you to all who participated in the event!

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Keep DC Walmart Free

FILM: Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price

A screening and discussion showing why many DC residents are concerned about Wal-Mart’s efforts to open 4 big box stores in the District of Columbia.

Friday, February 18, 2011

6:30 pm to 9:00 pm

Plymouth Congregational Church

5301 North Capitol Street, NE

Washington, DC, USA

Wal-Mart has plans to establish four stores in DC by 2012. Notorious in other parts of the nation for threatening small businesses, causing the loss of more jobs, and bringing lower wage standards for all workers to communities, concerned District of Columbia citizens and social justice organizers are coming together to resist the implications of this disastrous plan.

Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price features the deeply personal stories and everyday lives of families and communities struggling to survive in a Wal-Mart world. It’s an emotional journey that will challenge the way you think, feel… and shop.

This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided and a discussion about the impact Wal-Mart will have on the District of Columbia will follow the screening.

Co-sponsors: Ward 4 Thrives, Wal-Mart Free DC, Empower DC, DC Jobs With Justice, UFCW Local 400, IPS’ Cities for Progress project, and Plymouth Congregational UCC Board of Social Action.

For more information call 202-787-5229 or visit

Don’t shop at Walmart


As we have pointed out, if an individual used the promise of money to force public officials to take certain actions it would be a serious criminal offense. No one has explained to us why this is not also true when foundations do it. What is happening in DC is that the legal role of the mayor, school superintendent and city council is being supplanted and undermined by individuals and groups that have no legal standing in the government.

How Talx and Walmart are hurting your community

Contesting Jobless Claims Becomes a Boom Industry

Advocates for the unemployed cite cases like that of Gerald Grenier, 47, who spent four years as a night janitor at a New Hampshire Wal-Mart and was fired for pocketing several dollars in coins from a vending machine. Mr. Grenier, who is mentally disabled, told Wal-Mart he forgot to turn in the change. Talx, representing Wal-Mart, accused him of misconduct and fought his unemployment claim.

After Mr. Grenier waited three months for a hearing, Wal-Mart did not appear. A Talx agent joined by phone, then seemingly hung up as Mr. Grenier testified. The hearing officer redialed and left an unanswered message on the agent’s voice mail. The officer called Mr. Grenier “completely credible” and granted him benefits.

Talx appealed, claiming that the officer had denied the agent’s request to let Wal-Mart testify by phone. (A recording of the hearing contains no such request.) Mr. Grenier won the appeal, but by then he had lost his apartment and moved in with his sister.

“That was a nightmare,” he said.

Unemployment benefits stabilize a community by enabling workers to keep their apartments, make their house payments, pay utilities, etc. When Walmart and Talax cheat workers out of their benefits the landlord loses, the utility company loses, local retail loses, everyone loses.