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Connections Winter 2004: This Holiday Season, Don't Shop at Wal-Mart

Don’t shop at Wal-Mart—
for your job, community & future!

Like the 12 days of Christmas, here are 12 good reasons to stay out of Wal-Mart:

1. The low wages they pay their “associates” undercut good union wages.

2. The health benefits they offer are not affordable for 75% of their employees— this drives our health care costs up.

3. Wal-Mart was the largest donor in the campaign to defeat Prop 72—The Health Care Initiative.

4. Wal-Mart has successfully and illegally fought every union drive at their U.S. stores.

5. The only union they’ll accept is the government- run union in China, whose main job is to encourage people to work harder.

6. Wal-Mart forces manufacturers to offshore their production to China, rather than keeping good jobs in the U.S.

7. In fact, most goods sold at Wal-Mart are produced in China.

8. The glass ceiling—women can only rise so high in Wal-Mart management.

9. Where Wal-Mart stores open, mom-and pop shops close.

10. Until caught, Wal-Mart paid undocumented workers subminimum wages to clean their stores.

11. Wal-Mart ruthlessly overruns local zoning ordinances to site its stores where it wants.

12. When a Wal-Mart store closes, they leave huge, unsightly big boxes in their wake. Wal-Mart has the largest inventory
of empty buildings in the U.S.