Who: Community & Labor Activists
Where: Wal*Mart in Talent (near the freeway exit). Meet at the parking lot
entrance (suggest you do not park in the Walmart lot).
When: November 21, 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
What: Leaflets handed to customers in support of the campaign of the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) http://www.ufcw.org/ . Targets Wal*Mart for its anti-labor
practices, its treatment of employees, and its support for George Bush in
tarnishing "good faith bargaining" in the current labor dispute with the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) http://www.ilwu.org/main.htm .
NOTE: In Portland, UFCW is asking supporters to rally from 3 to 5 p.m. at Wal*Mart Eastport, 4200 SE 82nd Ave. (we're gonna surround 'em from both ends of the state!)
For more background please go to the following websites:
Also: The following comes from the latest Oregon AFL-CIO weekly update:
Justice @ Wal-Mart Campaign Begins Nov. 21. UFCW and the AFL-CIO will
launch a national People's Campaign for Justice @ Wal-Mart on Thursday, Nov.
The case against Wal-Mart, which has become the largest retailer, shipper,
warehouser and employer in the U.S, is an indictment of business practices
that not only undermine standards for workers in its industries but threaten
the entire labor movement.
* Wal-Mart workers are paid $2 to $3 per hour less than union members who
perform the same jobs.
* The company's health plan is so expensive, and its eligibility
standards so restrictive, that two-thirds of Wal-Mart workers don't
participate in the company's plan. The company admits that the majority of
its workers are forced to rely on public assistance or a spouse's health
plan to secure medical care. As a result, it is estimated that the company
shifts approximately one billion dollars a year in health costs to taxpayers
and responsible employers.
* Wal-Mart workers have no defined benefit pension plan and must invest
85% of their 401(k) contributions in Wal-Mart stock.
AND HERE IS MORE CURRENT WAL*MART NEWS:
"Wal-Mart ruling favors fired employee and union" [Anchorage Daily News] 17-Nov-2002
"Thursday, Nov. 21 'Day of Action' to focus on Wal-Mart" [Northwest Labor Press] 15-Nov-2002