September 2, 2009

Union launches anti-Wal-Mart ads

The United Food and Commercial Workers union is taking giant U.S. retailer Wal-Mart to task on healthcare with two new television ads.

The ads, currently airing in pro-union cities, claim Wal-Mart employees are frequent recipients of government healthcare benefits, the Washington Post reported Wednesday.

With so many Wal-Mart employees falling back on the government for help with healthcare, the union says Wal-Mart is receiving an on-going federal bailout.

Wal-Mart, broke ranks with many companies this summer, endorsing a federal mandate for employers to provide healthcare benefits.

In today's economy, when families are being squeezed, Wal-Mart is playing an important part in their lives, Daphne Moore, a Wal-Mart spokeswoman said.

But UFCW is still not satisfied. We want to see some real change, said Patrick O'Neill, the union's international vice president.