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fearnobush Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 12:21 AM
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Poll: CNN - What impact do Wal-Mart stores have on local communities?
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revcarol Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 12:25 AM
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1. Over 60% negative.
Guess we have all gone to bed, except the western states. This should be OVERWHELMING!!
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LiberalFighter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 12:35 AM
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2. Could this be the reason they have a negative impact on communities?
Myth: Wal-Mart creates "hundreds" of new jobs for communities.

Fact: Studies show that for every two jobs created by a Wal-Mart store, the community loses three. Jobs that are retained by a community are merely shifted from local businesses to the giant retailer. In a 1994 report, the Congressional Research Service warned Congress that communities need to evaluate the significance of any job gains at big-box stores against any loss of jobs due to reduced business at competing retailers. The report also pointed out that these so-called new jobs "provide significantly lower wages then jobs in many industries, and are often only part-time positions, seasonal opportunities, or subject to extensive turnover." The Real Story is that when Wal-Mart moves into the neighborhood, it devours local businesses and lowers community living standards.

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aquart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 12:43 AM
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3. 62% negative
Never been in one, myself.

But my sister's in San Diego and they are really worried about them.
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DeepModem Mom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 02:25 AM
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4. Voted, and am reposting LAT Pulitzer-winning series --
An Empire Built on Bargains Remakes the Working World
By Abigail Goldman and Nancy Cleeland
Wal-Mart is so powerful that it moves the economies of entire countries, bringing profit and pain. The prices can't be beat, but the wages can.

Scouring the Globe to Give Shoppers an $8.63 Polo Shirt
By Nancy Cleeland, Evelyn Iritani and Tyler Marshall
Wal-Mart, once a believer in buying American, extracts ever lower prices from 10,000 suppliers worldwide. Workers struggle to keep pace.

Grocery Unions Battle to Stop Invasion of the Giant Stores
By Nancy Cleeland and Abigail Goldman
Wal-Mart plans to open 40 of its nonunion Supercenters in California. Labor is fighting the expected onslaught, but the big retailer rarely concedes defeat.


http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-walma...
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