County Rejects Wal-Mart Gift

Albany County, NY rejects an immunization grant from Wal-Mart in rebuke of retail giant's policies.
March 13, 2004, 1pm PST | Abhijeet Chavan | @legalaidtech
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"The Albany County Legislature threw back a $1,000 health care grant from the Wal-Mart Foundation on Monday, citing the discount retailer's widely criticized treatment of its workers.""'We should send that $1,000 back to Wal-Mart, back to Arkansas, and tell them to give it to their employees for health insurance,' said Legislator Gary Domalewicz, D-Albany. 'We shouldn't help them enhance their corporate image.'""Legislator Allen Maikels, D-Guilderland, said a state survey of Georgia's public health insurance program for children, released just last month, found that more than 10,000 of the children enrolled in the program had a parent working at Wal-Mart.""Though Wal-Mart is the largest employer in Georgia, the number of its workers' children enrolled in the program was far more, per employee, than other large employers in the state, the survey found."

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Published on Tuesday, March 9, 2004 in Times Union
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