Tell Mayor Brown to Keep Wal-Mart out of Oakland

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Wal-Mart is in the midst of a major push into California. The labor practices of the world’s largest retailer are increasingly being criticized. Wal-Mart faces an array of lawsuits and charges for sex discrimination, intimidation and retaliation of union members, abuse of undocumented workers, and other violations. In addition, a study by the University of California has documented that the Wal-Mart business model involves dramatic costs for states and counties. Wal-Mart employees are forced to rely heavily on public benefits to meet basic needs, needs not met by their poverty-level wages.

The New York Times has reported that WalMart is going “gangbusters” into California and decried the “Wal-Martization of the work force… which threatens to push many Americans into poverty.” And opposition to Wal-Mart is mounting in the East Bay. The Alameda County Board of Supervisors passed and is working on a resolution to bar super-sized stores over 100,000 square feet in unincorporated areas. The Oakland City Council passed similar legislation last October. Council President Ignacio De La Fuente, who sponsored the Oakland measure with Councilmember Jane Brunner, pointed out that “Supercenters are going into communities and doing damage to local economies.”

Yet Wal-Mart is pressing ahead with plans to move into Oakland as part of a proposed development project near the Oakland Airport.

Please TAKE ACTION to demand that Mayor Brown use his authority to keep Wal-Mart out of Oakland.

For additional information about this issue, see these articles and other web resources on Wal-Mart:

http://www.bizjournals.com/sanfrancisco/stories/2004/05/17/story8.html?t=printable

http://www.againstthewal.com/studies.htm

http://www.equalrights.org/professional/walmart.asp

http://www.ufcw1518.com/news/wal-mart-news/082302-walmart.html

http://money.cnn.com/2003/10/23/news/companies/walmart_worker_arrests/?CNN=yes

http://laborcenter.berkeley.edu/lowwage/index.shtml

http://www.dsausa.org/lowwage/walmart/nyt_edit.html

http://www.usatoday.com/money/industries/retail/2004-03-02-wal-mart_x.htm

http://amiba.net/pressroom/oakland_city_approves_big_box_ban_10.22.03.html

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