No Wal-Mart for NYC

    February 24, 2005

A real estate developer has decided not to build a Wal-Mart in New York City after being pressures from residents and union leaders.

Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union President Stuart Appelbaum had a few things to say about it.

He said the following in a press release:

“We welcome Vornado’s decision that Wal-Mart will not be part of its development in Rego Park, Queens.

Any developer should hesitate to consider including Wal-Mart in any future plans. Wal-Mart’s detrimental impact on the communities where they operate will continue to generate strong opposition wherever they attempt to open.

Working families in New York simply cannot afford the high cost that comes with Wal-Mart’s promise of low-prices. Wal-Mart’s low wages and benefits and their willingness to break labor laws not only hurt their own employees but put pressure on employers who play by the rules.

We expect that this is not the last we’ve heard from Wal-Mart in this city and New Yorkers will be ready to protect our communities and stand up to this bully no matter how they try to sneak in next.

The RWDSU represents 100,000 members throughout the U.S. and Canada.”

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