An Insider's Perspective On Wal-Mart Wars

A San Francisco Chronicle columnist embeds herself in the war to keep Wal-Mart out.
June 27, 2003, 7am PDT | Chris Steins | @urbaninsight
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"I embedded myself in the Wal-Mart wars that have recently broken out in Contra Costa County. What I learned, in a nutshell, is that Wal- Mart's nonunion, big-box stores drag down other workers' salaries, destroy downtown businesses, prevent smart-growth development and increase traffic congestion. What really surprised me though is that we, the taxpayers, end up subsidizing Wal-Mart stores by paying for the health and retirement needs of its workers."

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Published on Thursday, June 26, 2003 in The San Francisco Chronicle
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