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January 26, 2005

Hartford Wal-Mart Opens w/Union Visitors
on the Doorstep

Early in January, I mentioned that Hartford had passed an ordinance requiring that a Wal-Mart (and other retail stores) opening on public land allow community members, including union organizers, to talk to customers and workers in the parking lots and sidewalks of the store.

Well, today was opening day and as this story tells, various unions and the Connecticut Working Families Party, which helped pass the ordinance, were outside welcoming workers and customers with information about Wal-Mart's bad employment policies. From reports I've received, the reception by customers and workers was pretty good, as the organizers held a bakesale to raise funds for the "Wal-Mart Families Health Care Fund," so the ordinance is already helping in the goal of eventually unionizing the store.

Posted by Nathan at January 26, 2005 07:14 PM