November 27, 2012
Re "Shopping season off to strong start," Nov. 24 The article mentioned only briefly the protests at many Wal-Marts over working conditions. One protester I saw interviewed on TV said she couldn't make it even with the rent subsidy she receives. My niece works at Wal-Mart full time and qualifies for food stamps and Medicaid for her children. Wal-Mart makes the money while we taxpayers help feed and house its employees. This is corporate welfare, not capitalism. Without taxpayer subsidies, Wal-Mart would have far fewer employees.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 14, 2013
Re "Book-to-film heroine," Column One, March 11 Christy Walton and her family, according to Forbes magazine, are worth nearly $28 billion, making her the sixth-richest American. Discussing her work to make "Bless Me, Ultima" into a movie, she said: "We are a fear-based society. I'd like to change that to a faith-based society. " She can begin by changing the policies of her Wal-Mart stores. These stores feed this fear by providing low wages and less-than-adequate medical insurance, by fighting unionization and by selling products imported from Third- World countries, where the workers are paid very little.
December 22, 2011 |
Wal-Mart is recalling a single batch of the powdered infant formula Enfamil Newborn, sold in 12.5-ounce cans, as a precaution after a Missouri infant died of a rare bacterial infection. The 10-day-old Lebanon, Mo., baby died Sunday of Cronobacter sakazakii, which can come from powdered infant formula. The source of the infant's infection is still unclear, but Wal-Mart choose to remove the batch with the lot number ZP1K7G from its 3,000 stores nationwide as a precaution. The baby's family purchased the formula at Wal-Mart.
May 31, 2011 |
If you care about green, it's hard not to view these as the worst of times, marked by looming climate, water and energy crises, vanishing fisheries, mile-a-minute deforestation — the list is numbingly endless. In response, we have a largely apathetic public, an environmental lobby rendered toothless by said apathy, a political left and center paralyzed by fear that protecting the planet might hurt the economy, and a political right that's never been more virulently opposed to all things green as job-killing, business-bashing burdens and boondoggles.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 4, 2013 |
Citing street improvements more than a dozen years overdue and a flawed environmental impact report, a judge ruled Wednesday that Burbank must rescind building permits it issued to Wal-Mart to open a store in the Empire Center. “The city has proceeded in a manner not authorized by law, failed to conduct any environmental assessment when the facts and circumstances clearly require at least an initial inquiry,” Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Allan J. Goodman stated in his ruling.
April 2, 2011
Wal-Mart may or may not have a policy of discriminating against women in pay and promotion, but establishing the truth will require a trial. The Supreme Court this week wrestled with whether it should clear the way for a class-action lawsuit brought by a handful of women on behalf of as many as 1.5 million others. The case for doing so is strong. The plaintiffs insist that Wal-Mart is "rife with gender stereotypes demeaning to female employees" and link that assertion to lower pay and the fact that "while women comprise over 80% of hourly supervisors, they hold only one-third of store management jobs.