Wednesday, February 23, 2005

Wal-Mart to Close Stores in Washington State?

At Large
Wal-Mart Strikes Back
By Philip Klein
Published 2/16/2005 12:07:48 AM

Last week, Wal-Mart's Canadian division said it would close its first unionized store in North America, making Quebec the latest battleground in the retailer's struggle against unions.

Wal-Mart's decision triggered vicious rebukes from leftist Canadian politicians. David Christopherson, a Canadian Member of Parliament, even called Wal-Mart's decision to close the store "economic terrorism."

It is difficult to understand how workers are exercising their free choice by banding together to negotiate with their employer, but Wal-Mart is the corporate equivalent of Bin Laden because it is choosing not to stay in business under the union's terms.
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Could this happen in Washington?

It might, if the Prima-Donnas in Olympia get their way. The Radio Equalizer ,Brian Maloney, pointed out Friday in a Seattle Times artical, how the Democrats are proposing measures that pick on Wal-Mart.

This comes on the heels of the City of Olympia's decision to have a moratorium on big box stores in an effort to shut Wal-Mart out; while in the City of Yelm, the anti Wal-Mart pundents are hard at work with their rederick.

So what is this all about?

Who are these people that are against the worlds largest retail store? Some are the usual suspects; they're competitors as well as local retailers who have a voice in the local city politics. The biggest name on the list is the Unions. This is what the main part of the battle is about. If that would or would not be enough for reasonable folks to consider as a legitimate argument. There is all the anti- capitalist / American crowd like the little darlings that visited Seattle during W.T.O., And who trashed the Starbuck stores. Not to mention Peta and Greenies and a host of other LEFTIST organizations.

What is it that is so wrong With Wall-Mart?
Number one they are successful. If they weren't do you think the unions would really care. And the LEFTIST wouldn't have any thing to complain about. If you were to search the "net" you could find hundreds of stories some good and some not so good. The not so good don't hold up to any common sense for the most part.
The second thing is that, so for as I have searched, I haven't found any where that Wal-Mart gives or supports any LEFTIST organizations or any union. This may also be why they are so hated.

Where does Wal-Mart stack up in your communitie?

Largest Corporate Cash Giving Foundation in U.S.
With more than 90 percent of its charitable giving targeted at local communities, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. has announced that for its fiscal year ending Jan. 31, 2005, cash donations through Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. and the Wal-Mart & SAM'S CLUB Foundation exceeded a record $170 million.

900,000 Packages Sent To Troops.

A gift from the Wal-Mart & SAM'S CLUB Foundation to the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Foundation will provide M.A.C.K Packs to every member of the armed services deployed overseas. M.A.C.K. stands for Military Assistance Communications Kit. Each kit includes a phone card, writing paper, note cards, envelopes, a folder with a 2005 calendar and a letter of support. The kits will be FedEx'ed to the troops overseas beginning on Veteran's Day, allowing some 900,000 members of the military to call and write loved ones from virtually anywhere in the world this holiday season.

Teacher Of The Year

Through the program, which is one of the largest teacher recognition efforts in the country, Wal-Mart will give back $4.2 million this year alone to the schools of winning teachers, according to Betsy Reithemeyer, director of the Wal-Mart/SAM'S CLUB Foundation.

Wal-Mart Scholarships

Students across the country benefit significantly from Wal-Mart's involvement in their town and surrounding communities. We believe that one of the most important ways to assist local communities is by supporting local needs and focusing our giving to the areas that our customers feel are important. Sam and Helen Walton believed that education should be a fundamental commitment of Wal-Mart. Over the years, our customers have told us the same thing.

Wal-Mart New Supplier Fair - Expand Your Horizons

We cordially invite you to the Third Annual New Supplier Fair for Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. presented by NorthWest Arkansas Community College (NWACC) Corporate and Continuing Education Department. Learn first-hand from leading Wal-Mart Associates how you might be able to develop a relationship with Wal-Mart and grow your business.
When: May 11 - 12, 2005
Where: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. Home Office, Bentonville, Arkansas

# Literacy Grants: $38,000

# Safe Neighborhood Heroes Grants: $57,500

# Teacher of the Year Grants: $42,000

# Washington's 2004 Teacher of the Year is Geri Rohlff from Auburn Riverside High School in Auburn.

Employment Facts

* In Washington, the total number of Wal-Mart associates is 14,676 (as of 10/15/04).
* The average wage for regular full-time hourly associates in Washington is $10.14 per hour (Wal-Mart Discount Stores, Supercenters and Neighborhood Markets). Additionally, associates are eligible for performance-based bonuses.
* In recent years, Wal-Mart has contributed four percent of an associate's eligible pay to their combined Profit Sharing and 401(k) Plan.

Suppliers

* During the past year, Wal-Mart spent $1,019,652,673 for merchandise and services with 1,088 suppliers in the state of Washington. As a result of Wal-Mart's relationship with these suppliers, Wal-Mart supports 85,833 supplier jobs in the state of Washington.
Supplier figures provided by Dun & Bradstreet.

Taxes and Fees

* Wal-Mart collected on behalf of the state of Washington more than $151 million in sales taxes last year.

* Wal-Mart paid more than $10.5 million in state and local taxes in the state of Washington last year.

And with even more potenchel in the futher. How about a container shipping company? It is in the rumer mill, does this mean that Wal-Mart may be shoping for a frindly port facility.

So will our elected oficels, (as they say in Arkansas)cut a fat hog in the a$$?

1 Comments:

At 5:36 PM, Blogger Charles said...

Roy:
I agree with you 100%.
Your thinking is logical and clear.
In the USA, unions have destroyed so much of what used to be a nice part of our culture. They would like to do the same with WalMart.
I am not a WalMart stockholder, not an employee. Haven't even shopped at WalMart for over 5 years. But I agree with them on their stance about unionism.
Cordially,
Charles in Phoenix

 

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