Wal-Mart Shops For Voters

The discount store's 'lowest possible prices' come at too steep a price for Contra Costa County, CA.
November 6, 2003, 5am PST | Chris Steins | @urbaninsight
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"Last June, the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors passed the ban when it recognized that Wal-Mart's seductive low prices come with hidden costs to residents. The retailer's subsistence wages drive down the pay of other workers; its huge super-centers undermine local small businesses and create more traffic congestion. Taxpayers, moreover, end up paying for workers' health care because they can't afford costly benefits on such low pay... In response, Wal-Mart – which never takes no for an answer – immediately parachuted in paid workers to gather 27,000 signatures to force supervisors to either rescind the ban or place the issue before the voters. Supervisors have put the question on the March 2 ballot."

Thanks to Chris Steins

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Published on Wednesday, November 5, 2003 in AlterNet
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