Walmart’s big lie: No, it doesn’t create jobs!
by By Kathleen
Does Walmart create jobs? That question is at the heart of the debate currently raging over its plans to open stores in Washington, DC. Last month, labor groups scored a major victory when the DC City Council passed a bill requiring Walmart and other big box retailers to pay their workers a living wage of $12.50 an hour. The mega-store has threatened to pull out of DC if the bill, which requires the signature of Mayor Vincent Gray, becomes law. (Gray has not taken a position but is said to be leaning against the measure).
Former Walmart District Manager Accuses Company of Widespread Inventory Manipulation
by Spencer WoodmanNation
In 1996, Sylvester Johnson left his post as a commanding officer in the US Army and began a career managing logistics at Walmart’s corporate headquarters in Bentonville, Arkansas. Once there, he received a series of rapid promotions, eventually overseeing the HR management of over 26,000 employees in five states. He became friendly with Walmart executive Mike Duke, who became CEO in 2009. In 2002, Johnson received the Sam M. Walton Hero Award, a prestigious company distinction. In 2003, he moved to North Carolina where he oversaw eleven Walmart Supercenters. The company fired him in 2009 for allegedly giving orders to manipulate inventory counts, a claim Johnson denies
State of California Orders Walmart-Contracted Warehouse to Pay More than $1 Million in Stolen Wages
The state of California has ordered a Southern California warehouse that processes merchandise for Walmart and other retailers to pay 865 workers more than $1 million in stolen wages. The California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement issued the citations Monday, Jan. 28 against Quetico, LLC, a large warehouse complex in Chino, California. Back wages and unpaid overtime total more than $1.1million and in addition the state issued about $200,000 in penalties.
International Rights Groups call for solution in Labor Dispute at Cambodian Walmart Supplie
On September 18, international human rights and labor groups released at statement expressing support and seeking redress for some 200 garment workers locked in a dispute with Kingsland Garment Cambodia Ltd., a supplier of the global clothing brands Walmart and H&M. The workers are owed approximately $200,000 in wages and indemnity by Kingsland, a Hong Kong-based company.
Can Wal-Mart Push Both Sustainability and Consumption?
The move by the world’s largest retailer toward cutting waste and energy use and otherwise downsizing its environmental impacts is explored in detail in Edward Humes’s book “Force of Nature” (Times review). Any such push, if it’s more than rhetoric, is commendable, as I pointed out in my 2008 post referenced above. But the company — like any successful enterprise — is indeed marketing consumption as much as any particular product. A case in point would have to be Wal-Mart’s effort to outdo competing retailers in the push to start Black Friday on Thanksgiving Thursday.
Big Corporation, Tiny Heart
by Jim HightowerNation of Change
How small can a giant corporation get? I don't mean in size, but in spirit. Once again, America's biggest commercial empire — Walmart — is displaying its incredibly shriveled ethical center by whacking the already meager health care benefits that hundreds of thousands of its workers count on.
New Research Outlines Walton Family’s Impact
Wal*Mart Watch
Alice Walton, the heiress to the Walmart fortune, is opening a museum this Friday, November 11th in Bentonville, Arkansas. The museum was funded to the tune of $1.2 billion by the Walton Family Foundation. At the same time, Walmart, (of which the Walton’s own 48% control) just slashed health care for hundreds of thousands of workers. Many of these workers were already living below the poverty level.
Walmart Drops $1 Million on Urban-Ag Pioneer Growing Power
by Tom PhilpottMotherjones
Eighteen years ago, a former professional basketball player named Will Allen made an unlikely career move: He decided to launch a farm in a low-income neighborhood in Milwaukee. His farmhands would be underemployed or unemployed neighborhood teens.
Did Walmart buy urban agriculture group’s silence?
by Michele Simongrist
Last week, retail behemoth Walmart announced a $1.01 million donation to Milwaukee-based Growing Power, a well-known urban farming nonprofit, whose founder Will Allen has gained many accolades for his hard work to bring local, healthy food to low-income areas.
The Real Reason Wal-Mart Is Dying
by Hamilton NolanGawker
What's the reason for the unabated plunge of Wal-Mart's sales for the past two years? We assumed it was because Wal-Mart sucks a big one. In fact, there may be a mathematical explanation!
Walmart Losing its Grip on Key Shopper Segment
by Adam BlairRIS
Walmart's self-branding as the Every Day Low Price retailer has been an essential element of its success. But a recent survey of Walmart shoppers indicates the vast majority – a whopping 86% – no longer believe Walmart offers the lowest prices. With the nation's economic recovery sputtering, this "identity crisis" is cause for concern at the Bentonville Giant. It also offers an explanation for why Walmart's U.S. stores have suffered seven consecutive quarters of same-store sales declines, most recently a 1.1% dip for the quarter ending April 29, 2011. (Walmart will announce its Q2 results later this month.)
Bangladesh Labor Leaders Win One Case; Ten More Cases Still to Go
by Bjorn Claeson and Liana Foxvog, SweatFree CommunitiesLabor is not a commodity
ILRF has learned that one of the most pernicious cases against Bangladesh Center for Worker Solidarity (BCWS) staff has been dismissed. Nassa, a major Walmart supplier, had accused BCWS’s Babul Akhter and Aminul Islam of extortion, which could have resulted in sentences of between five years to lifetime in prison. At the time of the alleged incident Mr. Akhter was in court dealing with the government’s cancellation of BCWS’s NGO registration. Mr. Islam was in a BCWS office 50 kilometers from Nassa.
Wal-Mart move causes concern in SA
by Karen Allen BBC
US group Wal-Mart is set to make its mark in South Africa, after regulators approved its bid for a majority stake in one of the country's retailers. The world's biggest retailer hopes to buy 51% of Massmart, but its plans have drawn criticism from some local unions and suppliers. Karen Allen reports from Capetown.
Rising pump prices add to Wal-Mart uncertainty
U.S. Walmart stores, which represent 62 percent of the company's business, posted their eighth straight quarter of revenue declines at stores open at least a year. The revenue figure compares revenue with the same quarter a year earlier and excludes stores that opened or closed during the year. It's an important measure of a retailer's health.
South Africa Competition Tribunal Hearings Continue, Walmart Claims Most Products Sold in Stores from U.S.
The Competition Tribunal hearings in South Africa this week about Walmart buying a majority stake in retailer Massmart generated a lot of press in the country:
Women of Wal-Mart Deserve their Day in Court: Retail Giant is Not Too Big to Sue
Today the Supreme Court will hear arguments in Wal-Mart v. Dukes -- the largest employment class-action suit in U.S. history. The retail giant did not ask the high court to review the actual charges that Wal-Mart routinely discriminated against its women employees. Instead, the company's challenge seeks to halt the case, which represents more than 1.5 million women, before it even gets to trial.
Wal-Mart’s Massmart Antitrust Hearings Delayed by Tribunal
by Renee BonorchisBloomberg
South Africa’s Competition Tribunal postponed all hearings into Wal-Mart Stores Inc.’s bid to buy control of Massmart Holdings Ltd. until May after unions said a planned partial delay would harm their case.
Wal-Mart’s Million-Worker Bias Case May Mean ‘Rough Justice’ for Companies [USA]
by Greg Stohr, BloombergBHRRC
More than 100 Wal-Mart Stores Inc. workers paint a similar picture in sworn complaints about the company: Local managers made sexist decisions about promotions and pay, and top officials did nothing to stop them.
Walmart Partners with Predatory Lender
WalMart Watch
As the deadline for filing taxes approaches, Walmart is increasingly coming under criticism for its partnership with Jackson Hewitt. The tax preparer has opened kiosks in over 2,000 Walmart stores for the 2011 tax season, as part of the second year of its exclusive national agreement with Walmart. A recent article in Equal Voice Newspaper highlights some of the problems with the partnership.
Attention Tween Walmart Shoppers: Go Green at the Environment's Expense
by Mandy Van Deven
The co-optation of social justice issues for corporate gain is nothing new. The folks in charge of marketing campaigns make a living sniffing out new ways to sell their company's products, and exploiting people's desires is a crucial part of that process.
NYC: Walmart Associates vs. Walmart Ads
Walmart’s taken a hardball approach in its efforts to open stores in New York City, refusing to engage with local elected officials who have questioned the effect Walmart would have on the city.
Wal-Mart’s unlikely philanthropy chief
by Beth
Margaret A. McKenna devoted her career to education and social justice, and building programs to train teachers. When she retired after 22 years as president of Lesley University in Cambridge, running a charity seemed a logical next act.
A Call for Respect from Wal-mart in the District
by Elisabeth Springer, Intern, International Labor Rights ForumILRF-blog
On Monday February 7, 2011 Respect D.C. held a rally with various civic and business organization leaders at the John Wilson building on Pennsylvania Avenue, which houses the Washington D.C. Council and Mayors offices. The rally took place at 12:30pm so as to follow scheduled meetings with council members inside the building.
Love, Earth Brand Called Environmentally Responsible Despite Evidence Otherwise
The social criteria of “Love, Earth” also outline “freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining,” “fair remuneration of employees that is in compliance with the local and national laws and consistent with the prevailing local standards in the countries of operation,” and “maintain reasonable employee work hours in compliance with local standards and applicable laws.”
The Week in Walmart News – Walmart Attempts a Comeback, Targets Urban Residents
The Associated Press published several big stories about Walmart this week, including: * Walmart’s plotted comeback from six straight quarters of declining U.S. sales. * An interview excerpt with Walmart CEO Mike Duke.
Walmart Apologizes, Pays Fine for Cheating in China
In an interview with state-run Chinese media outlet Xinhua, Wal-Mart (China) apologized to customers after the Chinese government charged the retailer with cheating on prices.
Lighting the Future: Walmart Converting Hundreds of Stores' Lot Lighting to LEDs
The following is a guest post from Charles Zimmerman, vice president of international design and construction at Walmart.
Why We Should Question Walmart’s Latest PR Blitz
by Anna LappéCivilEats
Most of the mainstream media coverage of the Walmart announcement seemed to buy the company PR that it was taking valiant steps to improve the affordability and health qualities of the food it sells.
Wal-Mart Is Not a Person
by Thom HartmannTruthOut
In 2003, after my book Unequal Protection was first published, I gave a talk at one of the larger law schools in Vermont.
Wal-Mart Website Inadvertently Brags That Store Would Lower Wages
by David FreedlanderNYObserver
Wal-Mart is already preparing a massive media onslaught in order to convince New Yorkers to convince their elected officials that the big box store should open in NYC.
Walmart's "Love, Earth" Jewelry Line Doesn't Live Up to Green Promises
by Jean Friedman-RudovskyBrowardPalmBeach NewTimes
A few blocks from the jewelry factory's entrance in La Paz, Bolivia, Julia and Maria look over their shoulders to see if the night guards are watching. The two young Aymara Indian women shiver in the cold night air and lower their heads as they speak.
Wal-Mart Accused of Trying to Bribe Local Residents in Salt Lake City
In October of 2009, Eduardo Castro-Wright, then Wal-Mart’s vice chairman of U.S, stores, told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, “The writing is on the wall, we are going to smaller stores.” Residents in Salt Lake City are learning first-hand how that statement plays out. Residents charged this week that Wal-Mart is trying to bribe some of them with cash payments.
Walmart's no Santa Claus for the city's economy
by Albor RuizNYDaily News
It seems that even the largest retail business in the world is not immune to a public relations faux pas once in a while.
MSN report finds holes in Wal-mart de Mexico's CSR reporting and underlying policies
by Maquila Solidarity NetworkBHRRC
A new report by the Maquila Solidarity Network (MSN) and Red Puentes Mexico concludes that although Wal-Mart Mexico (Walmex) has made significant efforts in recent years to improve its corporate social responsibility (CSR) reporting, the company has considerable room left for improvement both on its CSR reporting and on the underlying social and environmental practices
The High Cost of Low Prices
by David SirotaTruthDig
First, it was the new $200 printer—within hours of being extracted from its bubble-wrap womb, the contraption started making an awful wheezing sound.
For Walmart Mexico, Sustainability Is a Group Effort
Five years ago, Walmart began efforts to become a more sustainable company, not only in the U.S., but everywhere we operate around the world. At Walmart Mexico and Central America, we're working toward three global goals to create zero waste, be supplied 100 percent by renewable energy, and sell products that sustain people and the environment.
Walmart's Brand New Labor Headache
by Neal UngerleiderFastCompany
When Walmart announced plans to buy South African retailer Massmart Holdings for roughly $4.25 billion last week, pundits could not stop talking about the implications for African business.
Wal-Mart ends profit sharing
Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the nation's largest private employer, plans to end automatic profit-sharing contributions for its employees in a revamp of its benefits package that it says will give workers more chance to share in its financial success.
Wal-Mart Plays the Victim
by Phil MatteraDirtDiiggersDigest
In the mid-1990s business groups such as the American Trucking Association – then led by Thomas Donohue, currently head of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce – launched a crusade to ban union corporate campaigns.
Wal-Mart Targeted by Labor Union, Farmers on Antitrust Claims
by Jeff Bliss and Sara Forden - BloombergOCA
The United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, which has tried unsuccessfully to unionize Wal-Mart's employees, is urging the Obama administration to broaden its antitrust inquiry into meat, dairy and seed businesses to include the retailer. Wal-Mart's defenders say its policies benefit consumers, ensuring them low prices.
The price of cheap Walmart eggs? Mummified hens and tainted eggs
by Tom Philpottgrist
Egg prices are on the upswing in the wake of the massive salmonella recall. Wright County Egg and Hillandale Farms, two of the ten largest egg U.S. producers, have been pushed out of the fresh-egg market pending investigation. With fewer eggs available, the wholesale price of a dozen eggs has risen dramatically since the recall, as much as 40 percent in some regions.
60 Walmart Stores Hear from Concerned Customers
by Liana Foxvog, National Organizer of SweatFree Communities SweatFreeCommunities
On Wednesday concerned consumers visited an estimated sixty Walmart stores in the US, Canada and the UK to call on the mega-retailer to help free Bangladeshi labor leaders Kalpona Akter and Babul Akhter.
Wal-Mart Asks Supreme Court to Hear Bias Suit
by S. GreenhouseNYTimes
Wal-Mart Stores asked the Supreme Court on Wednesday to review the largest employment discrimination lawsuit in American history, involving more than a million female workers, current and former, at Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club stores.
Wal-Mart feels the squeeze in US
Wal-Mart's profits rose to $3.6bn (£2.3bn) helped by cost-cutting and growth in international markets. But Wal-Mart sounded a note of caution, saying the slow economic recovery would "continue to affect" customers.
Seventh Generation Partnering With Walmart Will Create a Healthier World: Jeffrey Hollender
by  Matthew McDermottTreeHugger
When I first heard yesterday's announcement that Seventh Generation and Walmart are entering into a long-term strategic partnership to get Seventh Gen's eco-friendly cleaning products, diapers and wipes into Walmart's stores as well as online shop, my initial reaction was to check the weather reports to see if hell had indeed frozen over.
What Else You Should Know About Walmart
by Max Brookschicago reader
It's not just the low wages or the near-scientific union busting. It's the preference for poverty, the business model built on turnover, the manipulative PR. Is this really the best way to bring jobs and food to the south and west sides?
The Fight Over Food Deserts -- Corporate America Smacks Its Way Down
by  Eric Holt Gimenez Huffington Post
This June the City of Chicago approved Walmart's bid to open up dozens of new facilities, beginning with grocery stores in the city's chronically underserved South side.
KFC, Walmart contributing to destruction of Indonesia's rainforests, endangering orangutans
Major U.S. companies are contributing to the destruction of Indonesia's rainforests by sourcing paper from Asia Pulp and Paper (APP), a subsidiary of Indonesia-based conglomerate Sinar Mas, alleges a new report from Greenpeace.
Ironic Philanthropy: Walmart Donates $2B to Fight Hunger
Poverty in America -
You've got to love the irony of Walmart's latest announcement: the mega-corporation, notorious for its meager employee wages, will donate a whopping $2 billion to hunger relief efforts in the United States over the next five years.
Wal-Mart to pay millions in waste case
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has agreed to pay $27.6 million to settle allegations that it improperly handled and dumped hazardous waste at stores across California in a case that led to changes in the retailer's practices nationwide, prosecutors said Monday.
How Much Is Walmart Scamming Your State?
Wake Up Walmart
As states face budget shortfalls, firing teachers, public servants, and tightening their belts, Walmart is posting huge profits. Some of those profits are gained at the expense of your state because Walmart uses state tax loopholes, possibly costing states millions in revenues.
Wal-Mart in Trouble Again Over Organic Marketing Practices
by The Cornucopia InstituteOCA
The Cornucopia Institute has filed legal complaints with the USDA alleging that Wal-Mart, and a North Carolina-based company, HOMS LLC, are violating the USDA organic standards by using conventional agricultural oils, and other ingredients, in pest control products that bear the word organic and the green “USDA organic” seal.
Seaside UK Town Battles Supermarket Expansion and Wins
by Bonnie Alter, LondonTreeHugger
There can hardly be a town without Tesco in Britain. The supermarket controls 30% of the business in the country and has stores everywhere.
Detroit High Schools Teach How To Work at Walmart
by Liz
Four Detroit public high schools have decided classroom time should be used to train 60 students to work at Walmart.
Slave Nation: State Sponsored Forced Child Labour in Uzbekistan’s Cotton Fields
A new report released today by the Environmental Justice Foundation exposes how cotton production in the Central Asian Republic of Uzbekistan remains one of the most exploitative enterprises in the world.
Wal-Mart sees lower sales in US
Wal-Mart, the world's largest retailer, has seen sales fall in its home market and said that conditions in the US remain "challenging".
WALMART SAM’S CLUB lowering worker and community standards
Walmart launched another assault on living and working standards in communities across the country yesterday, by laying off more than ten thousand Sam’s Club employees. The company is outsourcing jobs, many of them part-time, to a company based in Arkansas.
Haiti: Corporate Charity or Reparations?
by Phil MatteraDirtDiggersDigest
After the New Orleans region was struck by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Wal-Mart scored a public relations coup by delivering emergency supplies quickly while government agencies stumbled.
Mad at Walmart? Is it a Walocaust?
Poor taste is nothing compared to immorality.
Wal-Mart, the US retailer taking over the world by stealth
by Andrew
It has beefed up its green credentials, but Wal-Mart's stance on unions and sheer global scale still provoke as much fear as admiration
Here's the Skinny on Why Wal-Mart Has Made Such a Killing
by David Moberg AlternetOCA
The success of Wal-Mart is in many ways paradoxical. The world's biggest corporation -- and one of the most technologically sophisticated -- emerged from the poor, rural backwaters of Arkansas, a state regularly at the bottom of most state achievement rankings
The American Values Agenda for Change at Walmart
From where we shop to where we work, the types of jobs we do and the workplace benefits we earn, from the source of the products we buy to threats to our health and our environment, Walmart has transformed our lives and is increasingly defining our possibilities as workers, consumers and communities.
Nearly 28% of Walmart workers in Ohio on Medicaid
Walmart Watch
Yesterday the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services released a report listing major companies whose employees are forced to rely on various state run programs like Medicaid and food stamps.
Last night’s CNBC Wal-Mart documentary a must-watch
Every once in while the mainstream media produces an insightful and fair-handed look at Wal-Mart. Even less often, the mainstream business press produces such a piece.
Retailers Costco and flunk sustainable paper use, WalMart and Target fare little better
by Jeremy Hancemongobay
Every year forests are destroyed for the production of paper: habitat is lost, greenhouse gases are released, species are impacted, and fresh water sources damaged. Some companies have begun to move towards more sustainable paper production, seeking paper sources stamped by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and increasing the use of recycled paper, however other companies in the industry have yet to change their way. The 3rd annual report card conducted by Dogwood Alliance and Forest Ethics focuses both on the companies who continue to make progress toward sustainable paper production—and those who don't.
Walmart Axes Half the Drug Brands Covered in Employee Health Benefit Plan
by Jim Edwardsbnet
Previously, Walmart’s health benefits covered about 260 brand name drugs — from Abilify to Zyprexa – according to a Walmart “Quick Reference Preferred Brand List” from January 2009. The July 20, 2009, list contains only about 128 preferred brands.
Wal-Mart Truckers To Finally Get Paid?
Wal-Mart Watch
Less than a month after naming its new Chief Diversity Officer, it looks like Wal-Mart is finally going to cough up a settlement for African-American truckers who have been discriminated against for years by the company.
Don't Let Bentonville Use Frivolous Lawsuits to Stifle its Critics
Wake Up Walmart
Remember when Walmart tried to restrict usage of the ubiquitous yellow smiley face? Well, the company's legal team is it again.
Wal-Mart’s (Un)sustainability Index
by P.MatteraDirt Diggers Digest
Wal-Mart has taken the latest in a long series of steps to make itself look good by imposing burdens on its suppliers.
Wal-Mart Labels Will Rate Sustainability of Products
Wal-Mart, the world’s largest retailer, is planning to place labels on products that will rate them for sustainability, including their carbon footprint, the quantity of water used in their production, and the air pollution left in their wake.
Walmart vs. Corporate America?
by D EvansISS
As the health-care debate continues to heat up the political landscape, the latest PR blitz this week from business groups left the nation's retail industry divided -- with Wal-Mart, the world's largest retailer, on one side and the National Retail Federation, the world's largest retail trade group, on the other.
‘Ghostboxes’ haunt communities across U.S.
Hundreds of anxious shoppers watched as city officials used power saws to cut 2-by-4s during Home Depot Inc.’s ribbon-cutting ceremony for its 102,700-square-foot building center in Bismarck.
Wal-Mart's Big Problem: Climate Change
by M Gunther - ClimateBizOCA
As Gwen Ruta of the Environmental Defense Fund, a Wal-Mart partner, writes in her frank assessment of the company's 2009 sustainability report, the problem is that all the good things that Wal-Mart is doing -- increasing its use of renewable energy, driving efficiency in individual stores, improving its fleet operations and pushing up its recycling rate -- are offset by the fact that the company is adding more stores and selling more stuff.
Over 25,000 Letters Sent To City Councils of New York, Chicago and Los Angeles
Washington, DC - The Wal-Mart Watch community across the country is taking action to prevent Wal-Mart from using the recession to enter new communities.
Wal-Mart bans beef illegally produced in the Amazon rainforest
Brazil's three largest supermarket chains, Wal-Mart, Carrefour and Pão de Açúcar, will suspend contracts with suppliers found to be involved in Amazon deforestation, reports O Globo.
The Hidden Cost of Wal-Mart Job Creation
Over the past few months we’ve heard endlessly about the good auto and manufacturing jobs that are disappearing from America by the thousands. Today, we hear bittersweet news: we are adding some jobs, but they’re Wal-Mart jobs.
Why does Florida Fish and Wildlife refuse to protect eagles and tortoises?
by Chris HrabovskyCreative Loafing
Perhaps FFWCC has become another permit dispensing agency, the same way Army Corps of Engineers and Southwest Florida Water Management District have. Many activists have already noticed this trend, but for those who are learning new things, pull up a chair.
Home Depot Throws Green Image Out the Window with Environmentally Destructive Project
by G HughesAlternet
The company is associated with a project that would result in the world's longest clearcut through globally rare forests and massive dam building.
Failure to disclose
by KrommISS
As Silverstein notes, Berman runs a network of 15 front groups -- all generously backed by his corporate clients -- that have carpet-bombed the media with press releases, studies and "expert opinion" against the labor legislation that would make it easier for employees to join unions.
Over 40% of Massachusetts Wal-Mart Workers Using State-Funded Health Care
Walmart Watch
According to a new study by the Massachusetts Division of Health Care Finance and Policy, Wal-Mart, with 4,796 employees on the list, was the largest user of public health care last year.
Wal-Mart Forced to Bargain, Finally, With Texas Meat Cutters
It took almost nine years, a National Labor Relations Board ruling and several court orders, but Wal-Mart was finally forced to bargain with its unionized meat cutters in Texas.
Appeals court rehears Wal-Mart sex-bias case [USA]
An 11-judge appeals court panel heard arguments Tuesday on whether a...gender-discrimination lawsuit against...Wal-Mart can proceed as the largest class-action lawsuit in history...
Study Confirms Wal-Mart's Entry into Communities Has Detrimental Impact on Variety of Local Businesses
Via Independent Street, I see a new study on how Wal-Mart affects small retailers. The study found that when Wal-Mart comes into town, local mass merchandisers, supermarkets and drug stores all see significant sales declines.
The fight for the EFCA in the land of Wal-Mart
by Desiree EvansISS
Arkansas could be pushed front-and-center in the coming months as the showdown over the pro-worker EFCA heats up in the halls of the 111th Congress. The votes of Arkansas' two U.S. senators, Democrats Mark Pryor and Blanche Lincoln (pictured), could play a deciding role in the passage of the bill.
Wal-Mart de Mexico To Open 252 New Stores This Year
Wal-Mart’s Mexican invasion just sped up today with the company’s announcement that it will invest $805 million in the country, and open 252 new stores in 2009.
Wal-Mart settles racism lawsuit for $17.5 mln
Wal-Mart Stores have paid 17.5 million dollars to settle a class action lawsuit over alleged racial discrimination in the giant retailer's hiring of truck drivers, the company said.
TerraCycle Announces Initiative to Collect Non-Recyclable Waste at Big Box Stores Nationwide
We are extremely excited to announce here on Treehugger, for the first time ever the next phase of the TerraCycle national, non-recyclable waste collection system in the front of major retail stores across the country! For more details, click below the fold.
As Wal-Mart Cuts Jobs At Home, May Send Them To India
WalMart Watch
On the same day that Wal-Mart gutted its Bentonville workforce, the company announced it will seek to outsource up to $500 million of IT functions to India. How many more layoffs might that mean? While Wal-Mart might not be the only one sending U.S. jobs overseas, the timing of the move is pretty crass,
SCOC [Supreme Court of Canada] to hear Wal-Mart union case
by Janice TibbettsBHRRC
The right of the world's largest retailer to close shop after employees unionized goes on trial Wednesday when the Supreme Court of Canada hears an appeal from laid-off workers at a former Wal-Mart store in Jonquiere.
Wal-Mart Rushes Into Russia
WalMart Watch
A move that many analysts have anticipated for a long time is one step closer to reality: Wal-Mart is moving into Russia. The retailer announced that it has joined the Russian Association of Retail Trade Companies (AKORT)
Wal-Mart to Pay $54 Million to Settle Minnesota Suit
by Joe Schneider and Margaret Cronin FiskB&HRRC
Wal-Mart...agreed to pay $54.3 million to settle a Minnesota lawsuit over wages after a judge ruled the company broke state laws by requiring employees to work off-the-clock
Wal-Mart: A bully benefactor
by Marc GuntherFortune
- Children who are forced to pick cotton in Uzbekistan, farmers scratching out a living in Guatemala and salmon fishermen in Bristol Bay, Alaska, would not seem to have much in common. But all are feeling the global impact of Wal-Mart.
Wal-Mart's profits beat forecast
The largest US retail chain, Wal-Mart, has beaten forecasts by posting a 10% increase in third-quarter profits.
Wal-Mart has perfected the art of union-busting.
by Barb KuceraWorkday Minnesota
Want to understand why so many American workers find it so hard to organize unions in their workplaces? Look no further than Wal-Mart, a researcher for Human Rights Watch says.
Praise Wal-Mart when praise is due! [PDF]
As You Sow
Walmart ceases the sourcing of cotton from Uzbekistan in an effort to persuade the Uzbek government to end the use of child labor in cotton harvesting.
Monsanto, EliLilly, good for the environment?
by Kimberly MokTreeHugger
Just because the cow moos, doesn’t mean that it’s over. Thanks to giant chains such as Wal-Mart, Safeway and Kroger announcing recently that they would no longer carry milk from cows treated with recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH), Monsanto – biotech giant and exploiter of genes extraordinaire – then announced in early August that it would be selling the rights to its Posilac brand of rBGH.
Bagging Wal-Mart
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (WMT) plans to cut its global plastic shopping bag waste by one-third per store by 2013, the big-box retailer said Thursday at the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting.
Wal-Mart China Unions!
Wal-Mart Watch
Within two months of starting an intense campaign to get Wal-Mart China stores to sign collective contracts, the Chinese labor union has declared success.
Human Trafficking and Abusive Conditions ~ for WalMart
National Labor Commitee
There are approximately 1,400 guest workers at the Mediterranean factory—from Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka and India. All of the guest workers are currently on strike due to the abusive conditions and gross violations of their fundamental rights. The workers sew clothing for Wal-Mart (White Stag label) and Hanes (Champion).
Some change: Wal-Mart Turning Trash Into Cash
by Kimberly MorrisonMorning News
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has taken its legendary frugality to a whole new level by turning its trash into cash
Is Wal-Mart stealing money meant to help low-income women and children?
Wal-Mart Watch
Wal-Mart has, unsurprisingly, been the target of more lawsuits than one can count over the years. The company’s treatment of its workers and “save money at all costs” mentality has resulted in a flood of legal challenges ranging from single plaintiff suits to multi-million dollar class actions. Dukes v. Wal-Mart is of course one large example (the largest class action in American history, actually), as are the myriad wage/hour/overtime class actions the company faces.
The Supermarket Revolution Moves Into Honduras
by Dan CharlesNPR
· With food prices soaring and more people going hungry, many developing countries are trying to boost their food production. But it's not enough to grow more food; farmers also need better ways to sell it. Small farmer, meet Wal-Mart.
Wal-Mart Warns of Democratic Win
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is mobilizing its store managers and department supervisors around the country to warn that if Democrats win power in November, they'll likely change federal law to make it easier for workers to unionize companies -- including Wal-Mart.
Obama, McCain, Sure...But Real Debate At NAACP Was About Wal-Mart
by Al NormanHuffington Post
More than 1,300 delegates to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Convention were warmed up by Barak Obama and John McCain speeches---but the real heat in Cincinnati came during a debate over Wal-Mart.
Prius Envy and the Greening of Wal-Mart: A Blind Spot for the Human Cost
by Conrad
Can it be that our green heroes Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt care about the cachet of owning a Prius but not about the abused workers making these feel-good cars?
Wal-Mart Faces $2 Billion Labor Law Trial, Judge Says
by Margaret Cronin FiskBloomberg
- Wal-Mart Stores Inc. broke Minnesota labor laws, a state judge ruled, handing the world's largest retailer its third-straight defeat in a wage-class action trial and the possibility a jury may order it to pay $2 billion.
WAL-MART MAKES THE ELITE 8! - of the Worst Companies in America
Wal*Mart Watch
After roundly defeating insurance group Wellpoint in the sweet 16, Wal-Mart has made it to the semi-semi finals of Consumerist’s Worst Company in America contest, this time going head to head with American Airlines. Personally, charging $15 for checked bags just doesn’t seem as bad as systematically undercutting millions of workers and employees worldwide, but we’ll let democracy decide. Show your support - GO VOTE!
Shopping bag choices moving beyond just paper or plastic
by Teresa LindemanPittsburgh Post Gazette
Macy's put solar panels on some store roofs, is working to cut energy use, recycling more and generally trying to "green up." But the department store still wants shoppers to use bags. Some bag, any bag.
Another sound investment from Wal-Mart
Wal*Mart Watch
Everyone who sees the video is shocked: Wal-Mart managers dressed in drag, parading around official Wal-Mart corporate meetings. Bloggers have been weighing in on the never-before-seen footage, and while many note how offensive Wal-Mart’s mockery is (particularly in light of the landmark Dukes v. Wal-Mart gender discrimination case) many go on to add that the real problem here is how Wal-Mart treats its vendors.
Wal-Mart Move 'Tipping Point' for Driving Monsanto's Bovine Growth Hormone off the Market
by Janet McFarland Toronto Globe & MailOrganic Consumers Association
Organic food proponents will remember Thursday as the day the ground shifted. Giant food retailer Wal-Mart Stores Inc. announced that its store brand milk in the United States will now come exclusively from cows not treated with artificial growth hormones.
China Suppliers to Move to Wal-Mart Town
by Marcus KabelAssociated Press
Chinese companies may be the next source of job creation in Wal-Mart's hometown, following in the footsteps of U.S. companies that have flocked to northwest Arkansas to work more closely with the world's largest retailer.
Wal-Mart Insured Ranks Rise. Half of Employees Take Retailer Plans; Critics Unimpressed
by Ann ZimmermanWall Street Journal
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said the percentage of its work force enrolled in its health plans has increased significantly from a year ago after it expanded choices, including lower-cost options.
Three Thousand Workers Strike in Jordan Sewing for Wal-Mart and Other Companies
Since Monday, December 10, 2007, three thousand foreign guest workers, 50 percent of them young women--1,500 from Sri Lanka, 900 from Bangladesh, 400 from India and 100 from Nepal - - have been on strike. At least 10 workers were beaten by the police. Before going on strike, the workers had written to the Jordanian Ministry of Labor seeking help, but received no response.
Chinese Christmas Ornaments Made in Sweatshop, Labor Group Says
by Mark
Christmas ornaments made in a factory in China and sold at Wal-Mart Stores Inc. were produced in sweatshop conditions, a report by a labor advocacy group said.
A $10 Minimum Wage At Wal-Mart? Better Wish For Two Front Teeth
by Al NormanHuffington Post
Season's Greetings to Wal-Mart from the University of California / Berkeley Center for Labor Research and Education! The UC Berkeley Labor Center has been producing research since 1964, but this week the research team released not one---but two---studies, neither of which you will find under Wal-Mart's Christmas Tree.
Wal-Mart’s New Greenwashing Report
by Sarah AndersonAlterNet.
Two years ago, Wal-Mart CEO H. Lee Scott announced a bold initiative to turn the world's largest corporation green. After numerous delays, the company has finally released its first progress report. So how much greener are they? To find out, you first need to wade through 40 pages of data on other various and sundry issues. For example, the report boasts that company employees enrolled in a personal sustainability project lost a combined total of 184,315 pounds in 2006 (1.3 pounds per enrollee).
Boycott to save the Casino de la Selva area in Cuernavaca Mexico.
Frente Civico
The citizens coalition of the Frente Civico Pro Defensa del Casino de la Selva, Human Rights award of Mexico, Canadian Committee to Combat Crimes against Humanity (CCCCH) in Canada and Social Choice for Social Change: Campaign for a New TIAA-CREF in the United States and Mexico Solidarity Network, demand justice for the destruction of the cultural, historic, and environmental heritage perpetrated by COSTCO and its partner Comercial Mexicana, market symbols: COST and CCM ( in order to construct giant warehouses in the center of Cuernavaca.
International Day of Action Against Supermarkets and Big Box Retailers
On Nov 17th communities around the world will come together for the International Day of Action against Supermarkets and Big Box Retailers. In the US, there will be a major focus on Wal-Mart.UPDATE: 16 countries have signed up to take part in the Nov 17th Day of Action.
A Backlash for Big Retail in India
by Madhur SingTime/New Delhi
October is the beginning of India's festive season, a time when shopkeepers' profits soar amidst the gift-giving and all-round revelry tied to Hindu holidays like Dussehra and Diwali. Last week however, some 7,000 small shopkeepers, street vendors and traders shuttered their businesses to gather in the district of Azad Maidan in south Mumbai (formerly Bombay). Carrying placards saying SAVE SMALL RETAILERS, they forewent the day's earnings in order to march in protest against big national and international chain stores like Reliance Retail and Wal-Mart, who the shopowners say are threatening their livelihoods.
Wal-Mart Workers Win $62 Million
by Maryclare DaleAP
Wal-Mart workers in Pennsylvania who previously won a $78.5 million class-action award for working off the clock will share an additional $62.3 million in damages, a judge ruled Wednesday.
STUDY: Wal-Mart systematically challenges property tax assessments, cutting support for public schools and other local services.
by Philip MatteraGood Jobs First
The first-ever investigation of Wal-Mart's local property tax records finds that the retail giant systematically seeks to minimize its payment of taxes that support public schools and other vital government services. That is the key finding of Rolling Back Property Tax Payments, a report released today by Good Jobs First, a non-profit, non-partisan research center in Washington, DC.
Working With the Enemy
by Danielle SacksFast Company
Once the youngest president of the Sierra Club, Adam Werbach used to call Wal-Mart toxic. Now the company is his biggest client. Does the path to a greener future run through Bentonville?
Wal-Mart says worst labor violations in foreign shops decline
by Markcus KabelAssociated Press
BENTONVILLE, Arkansas: Wal-Mart Stores Inc. found a decrease in the worst types of labor violations at foreign factories last year during inspections of nearly 8,900 plants where it buys clothes, toys, shoes and other products.
Wal-Mart Challenged in Court: New Supercenter Fails to Evaluate Greenhouse Gas Pollution
Center for Biological Diversity
The Center for Biological Diversity filed suit Thursday challenging the city of Perris’s approval of the Perris Marketplace, a sprawling, 520,000-square-foot, big-box retail development that would include a 24-hour Wal-Mart Supercenter and generate close to 40,000 daily vehicle trips. The lawsuit challenges the project’s failure to consider measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that cause global warming, as required by California law.
Wal-Mart Workers Win Wage Suit
The Washington Post
A lawsuit, brought by two employees on behalf of almost 187,000 current and former Wal-Mart employees, claimed that the company made workers in Pennsylvania miss more than 33 million rest breaks from 1998 to 2001. At least 57 other wage-and-hour cases have been filed across the United States against the world's largest retailer, and many of them are awaiting class-action certification, according to company filings.
Report Assails Wal-Mart Over Unions
by Steve GreenhouseNew York Times
In its first study of how an American company treats its workers, Human Rights Watch asserted yesterday that Wal-Mart’s aggressive efforts to keep out labor unions often violated federal law and infringed on its workers’ rights.
Wal-Mart Shareholders, Rebuffed on Labor Issues, Press for Vote
by by Margaret Cronin Fisk and Lauren Coleman-Lochner, Bloomberg
Investors renew their call for the world's biggest retailer to name a "special committee of independent directors" to investigate the company's workplace policies amid a rising tide of employee lawsuits.
Wal-Mart's Midlife Crisis
by Anthony BiancoBusiness Week
Declining growth, increasing competition, and not an easy fix in sight.
Inside Wal-Mart's ‘Threat Research’ Operation
by Ann Zimmerman & Gary McWilliamsThe Wall Street Journal
As part of the surveillance, the retailer last year had a long-haired employee infiltrate an anti-Wal-Mart group to determine if it planned protests at the company's annual meeting, according to Bruce Gabbard, the fired security worker, who worked in Wal-Mart's Threat Research and Analysis Group.
Selling Wal-Mart, Can the company co-opt liberals?
by Jeffrey GoldbergThe New Yorker
April 5th, 2007
Wal-Mart has hired Democratic P.R. experts to help improve its reputation on such issues as low wages, miserly benefits, sex discrimination, and union busting.
Natarus waxes proud in loss
by Robert BeckerChicago Tribune
March 1st, 2007
Natarus acknowledged that his vote against an ordinance mandating at least $13/hour in wages and benefits for workers at "big-box" store such as Wal-Mart brought union money and support for his opponent.
AFL-CIO Targets Wal-Mart in Executive-Pay Campaign
by Kim ChipmanBloomberg
February 28th, 2007
The largest U.S. labor federation is asking the New York Stock Exchange to investigate whether Wal-Mart violated its own corporate-governance rules..
Wal-Mart buys 35% stake in China rival
February 27th, 2007
The world's largest retailer invests in Bounteous, could take control of super-center operator by 2010.
Small business owners speak out
by Kaitlyn RossNews 10 Now, Syracuse
February 23rd, 2007
"To survive in our business today, you know, we compete with the big box stores. Big box stores means your Wal Mart, your Best Buy."
BEN MEMBER PRESS RELEASE: Center for Environmental Health Calls on Wal-Mart to Help Protect Children's Health and Adopt National Recycling Program
Center for Environmental Health and Wake-Up Wal-Mart
February 22nd, 2007
Today, as Wal-Mart made another announcement regarding its plan to sell compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFL's), and the Center for Environmental Health called on the company to "do the right thing" and adopt a national recycling program to help lessen the mercury threat posed by these bulbs.
U.S. group says factory Wal-Mart uses abuses workers
February 21st, 2007
The Worker Rights Consortium said the Chong Won factory, which primarily makes clothing for Wal-Mart supplier One Step Up, has engaged in labor rights violations including forced overtime and minimum wage violations.
Wal-Mart Plans to Expand to India Amid Controversy
The Economic Times
February 19th, 2007
NEW DELHI: Amid the controversy over its tie-up with Wal-Mart, Bharti Group on Monday insisted their retail venture was "no different" from such businesses floated by other Indian companies such as Reliance and it fully complied with government norms.
Wal-Mart Plans Massive Expansion in Mexico
by Associated PressForbes
February 13th, 2007
The Mexican unit of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said it plans to open 125 new stores and restaurants as part of its 2007 expansion plans.
Wal-Mart and unions unite on health care
by Dan CaterinicchiaBusiness Week
February 7th, 2007
Executives from Wal-Mart and three other major U.S. employers on Wednesday joined hands with union leaders in setting a goal of providing "quality, affordable" health care for millions of workers by 2012.
Wal-Mart bias case to go to trial
by BBC
February 6th, 2007
Wal-Mart will face a lawsuit claiming pay discrimination against more than a million female US employees after a court approved the action.
City bans stores of more than 90,000 square feet: Move effectively ends debate over big box stores
by Jared PabenBellingham Herald
February 6th, 2007
The City Council on Monday voted for a permanent ban on new big box stores and imposed strict regulations on the design of smaller ones. The move effectively ends nearly five months of debate over how the city should handle large retailers, which, some people say, hurt the local economy with poorly paying jobs and the environment by encouraging traffic and sprawl.
How to win in a fight with Wal-Mart
by Nancy CrawleyGrand Rapids Press
February 4th, 2007
In a Wal-Mart economy, there is no time to waste, even on Alpine Avenue NW. Six weeks after Wal-Mart picked a site on Alpine for its first area supercenter, rival Meijer Inc. launched a makeover of its aging store down the road. It was one skirmish in a bare-knuckles battle to compete with the world's largest retailer, and Meijer has no intention of losing.
New labor movement afoot in China: Activists employing shame in effort to bring about change.
by Craig SimonsAustin American Statesman
February 4th, 2007
Last month, China Labor Watch, a New York-based watchdog group, issued a report that said several Chinese suppliers to Wal-Mart Stores Inc. routinely fail to pay wages and provide health insurance as required by Chinese law. The survey of 16 Wal-Mart suppliers found that some pay as little as half the minimum daily wage, provide no health insurance or require mandatory overtime. One company provided only one bathroom for its 2,000 employees, the group said.
Wal-Mart Cuts Taxes By Paying Rent to Itself
by Jesse DruckerWall Street Journal
As the world's biggest retailer, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. pays billions of dollars a year in rent for its stores. Luckily for Wal-Mart, in about 25 states it has been paying most of that rent to itself -- and then deducting that amount from its state taxes.
Organic Erosion: Will the term organic still mean anything when it's adopted whole hog by behemoths such as Wal-Mart?
by Jake WhitneySan Francisco Chronicle
January 28th, 2007
Marin Sun Farms, in Point Reyes, is a collection of ranches on more than 2,000 acres of rolling, certified organic pasture. All year long, cattle and chickens speckle the hills, free to roam and graze at their leisure.
Wal-Mart "organics" skewered
by Al LewisDenver Post
January 21st, 2007
Wal-Mart Organics: Do these two words belong together? A Wisconsin-based organic watchdog group says Wal-Mart is hanging signs that say "organic" near products that are not organic. After discovering the problem at dozens of stores in several states, the Cornucopia Institute has filed consumer fraud complaints with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Wisconsin's Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection.
Ten Reasons Why the Wal-Mart Pundits Are Wrong
by John Cavanagh and Sarah AndersonThe Nation
September 29th, 2006
"On September 11, Chicago Mayor Richard Daley used his veto power for the first time in seventeen years to block a measure that would have given Wal-Mart employees and workers at other "big box" stores at least $10 per hour plus benefits worth at least $3 per hour. The City Council had passed the bill by a 35-to-14 vote margin. Daley's brash act was a temporary victory for the chorus of conservative pundits and corporate flacks who have been singing Wal-Mart's virtues for the past year..."
Breaking the Chain: The antitrust case against Wal-Mart
by Barry C. LynnHarper's Magazine
July 31st, 2006
"There is an undeniable beauty to laissez-faire theory, with its promise that by struggling against one another, by grasping and elbowing and shouting and shoving, we create efficiency and satisfaction and progress for all. This concept has shaped, at the most fundamental levels, how we understand and engineer our basic freedoms—economic, political, and moral. Until recently, however, most politicians and economists accepted that freedom within the marketplace had to be limited, at least to some degree, by rules designed to ensure general economic and social outcomes..."
A Cappuccino with the 2x4's?
by Michael Barbaro and Claudia H. DeutschNew York Times
October 25th, 2005
"Home Depot, in wake of worst housing market in decade, is displaying growing willingness to stray from single-minded focus on home renovations and repair by offering everyday products like seasonal decorations and cigarettes; experiment with everyday products--and $350 million program to overhaul look of 500 stores--exemplifies belief of chief executive Robert L Nardelli that Home Depot cannot only survive downturn in housing market, but can exploit situation by plowing money into chain..."
Fla. Wal-Mart workers unite — without union
by Associated PressMSNBC
September 29th, 2005
TAMPA, Fla. - It's not a union, but some Wal-Mart workers say it might be the next best thing. Searching for a voice in their work lives, employees of some central Florida Wal-Mart stores have formed a workers group to collectively air complaints about what they claim is shoddy treatment by the retail giant.
Woman Sues Costco, Claiming Sex Bias in Promotions
by Steven GreenhouseNew York Times
August 18th, 2004
An employee at the Costco Wholesale Corporation filed a national class-action lawsuit against the company yesterday, accusing it of discriminating against women in promotions to store manager.
Costco Saves; the Environment Benefits
Packaging Digest
July 1st, 2004
"Cornerboards were a time-consuming problem for Costco when it had to break down pallets of apples for shipment to its clubstores. Cornerboards were also a problem for suppliers like C.M Holginer Fruit Co. when they ere banding pallets for shipment to Costca. Both companies were extremely pleased when a plausible alternative was proposed by Lock 'N Pop ("
An Empire Built on Bargains Remakes the Working World
by Abigail Goldman and Nancy CleelandLos Angeles Times
Wal-Mart is so powerful that it moves the economies of entire countries, bringing profit and pain. The prices can’t be beat, but the wages can.
Casino vs. Costco: Umpteenth Round
by Talli NaumanCommon Deams
August 24th, 2002
"A group of some 300 people blocked the road to the historic downtown Casino de la Selva building on Aug. 21 to keep out chainsaw crews sent to cut down the trees and make way for the construction of the discount superstore and associated facilities..."


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