Activists in Halloween Costumes Present Recalled Wal-Mart Products Wal-Mart's Consumer Record is "SCARY!"



    PUGET SOUND, Wash., Oct. 25 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Calling
 attention to how the nation's #1 company is putting profits before the
 safety of Americans, local activists present the latest recalled products
 from Wal-Mart's shelves--in Halloween costume. The rally takes place
 Monday, October 29th at 5:00 pm in front of the Wal-Mart at 743 Rainier
 Ave. South in Renton.
 
     Wal-Mart's record with repeated child labor violations, labor law
 violations and discrimination lawsuits has recently been trumped by
 national news of its growing dismal record on recalled products.
 
     "Wal-Mart's consumer record is scary," says Jackie O'Ryan, spokesperson
 for UFCW Local 21. "It's simply reprehensible that the company still sells
 baby bibs and doll accessories tainted with lead, as well as toys that can
 choke small children, when we're well aware of these critical hazards.
 There's simply something wrong with a business model that continually leads
 to these flagrant abuses in consumer safety."
 
     At Monday's rally, a member from the Washington Fair Trade Coalition
 will talk about how the same Wal-Mart business model that drives the
 company to cut wages and employee benefits also drives them to pressure
 international suppliers to cut costs, leaving consumers and their families
 to pay the price.
 
     A member of the Washington Toxics Coalition will address the real
 impact of toxic toys on children and animals and a holiday shopper will
 lead the rally into the store to demand a promise from Wal-Mart to sell
 only products that won't harm her children.
 
     Wal-Mart is currently lobbying Congress to ban full scanning of port
 containers entering ports such as the Port of Seattle. One Wal-Mart
 container enters the United States every 45 seconds while Wal-Mart
 pressures members of Congress to oppose strengthening port security.
 
     For more information, visit http://www.wakeupwalmart.com/ or call Elena
 Perez at UFCW Local 21 at (206) 436-6543 -- or email: eperez@ufcw21.org
 
 
 
 
 

SOURCE United Food and Commercial Worker Local 21

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