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Sunday, April 23, 2006

Working Families for Wal-Mart Response to Union Critics

From a Working Families for Wal-Mart press release issued last Tuesday:
Statement by Working Families for Wal-Mart Chairman, Ambassador Andrew Young, in Response to Union Leader Critics of Wal-Mart

Leadership concerned about the poor and unemployed should spend their time on strategies to grow jobs and give leadership to a global economy. Today's comments by union leader critics demonstrate again just how marginalized and shrill their political campaign has become.

"While these union leader critics launch attacks, Wal-Mart is a company busy creating thousands of jobs, offering competitive wages and benefits, and saving working families more than $2300 a year. It’s a company that’s constantly improving, as we saw again yesterday with the announcement of additional health benefit improvements that will expand eligibility for part-time workers and provide affordable coverage for associates’ children.

Wal-Mart also recently committed to build more than 50 stores in struggling urban areas, expecting to create up to 25,000 jobs in areas desperately needing employment. This is just part of a larger commitment to working families and our communities that should be applauded.

“Even as a lifelong Democrat and union-supporter, I have to say it’s time for Washington, D.C. union leaders to let working families decide where to shop and work.”
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