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2012-04-11 22:05:45

The presence of big-box retailers, such as Wal-Mart, K-Mart and Target, may alter a community's social and economic fabric enough to promote the creation of hate groups, according to economists. The number of Wal-Mart stores in a county is significantly correlated with the number of hate groups in the area, said Stephan Goetz, professor of agricultural economics and regional economics, Penn State, and director of the Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development. "Wal-Mart has clearly...

2009-11-03 06:53:00

PITTSBURGH, Nov. 3 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Punishing workers for taking sick leave puts Wal-Mart on track to be a major spreader of Swine Flu this fall, according to a new report by the National Labor Committee. The retail giant gives workers demerits and deducts pay for staying home when they are sick or to care for sick children. In interviews with Wal-Mart "associates" at stores across New York State, workers confirmed that they had no choice but to work sick. One Wal-Mart...

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2009-09-02 09:05:00

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...

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2009-06-04 07:10:00

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said it would add 22,000 workers to its payroll this year, as it aims to increase its U.S. retail outlets by up to 157 stores. During this difficult economic time, we're proud to be able to create quality jobs for thousands of Americans this year, Vice Chairman of Wal-Mart U.S. Eduardo Castro-Wright said in a statement. In its annual report, Wal-Mart said it added 33,000 jobs in 2008, CNNMoney.com reported Thursday. The giant discount retailer said it would hire at least...

2009-04-22 12:13:29

U.S. retail giant Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said Wednesday it would add solar panels on up to 20 stores in California, creating solar power and about 130 jobs. Currently using solar panels on 18 stores in the state, Wal-Mart said the increased capacity would generate up to 32 million kilowatt hours of power each year -- enough electricity for 2,600 homes. The system would also avoid the production of 22,500 metric tons of carbon dioxide per year, an impact that equals the exhaust of 4,000 cars,...

2009-03-28 13:45:01

U.S. retailer Wal-Mart says it is in talks with several companies to lower prescription drug prices for the employers. Michael Struhs, director of business development at Wal-Mart, told viewers during an Internet forum that a pilot prescription drug program the retailer has set up with Caterpillar Inc. has shown enough promise to expand the effort to other employers, the Chicago Tribune reported Saturday. We hope we will drive down costs for the entire healthcare industry, Struhs said. That...

2009-02-13 08:00:00

Total associate health coverage increases to more than 94 percent BENTONVILLE, Ark., Feb. 13 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., (NYSE: WMT) announced today that the number of associates who have health care coverage through its benefits plans for 2009 or another source has increased from 92.7 percent to 94.5 percent. Over 733,000 or 51.8 percent of associates - and nearly 1.2 million associates and dependants in total - were covered by Wal-Mart's plans at the end of its annual...

2008-10-20 12:00:15

BENTONVILLE, Ark., Oct. 20 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- As part of its continuing effort to engage customers and associates in this year's presidential election, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. today launched a video-based voter guide enabling both major candidates, Sen. Barack Obama and Sen. John McCain, to share their views on key issues with Wal-Mart customers and associates. Through the company's Web sites, both major candidates will present their views on issues beginning today through Election...

2006-08-17 14:19:20

By John Whitesides, Political Correspondent WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Giant retailer Wal-Mart has become a political target ahead of November's congressional election, taking fire from Democrats and labor unions for its record on health care, jobs and wages. A cross-country bus trip drawing support from scores of big-name Democrats is the latest chapter in the year-old "Wake Up Wal-Mart" campaign, which organizers hope will put the labor and business practices of the country's biggest...

2006-08-02 05:15:39

BEIJING (Reuters) - China is determined to introduce trade unions in all local Wal-Mart stores, despite the retail giant's opposition to unions among its workers, a Chinese labor official said in state media on Wednesday. Employees of a Wal-Mart store in Quanzhou, in the southeastern province of Fujian, established a branch of the state-controlled All-China Federation of Trade Unions on Saturday - the first such union in the U.S. company's spreading China operations. Wal-Mart has...


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