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: firstname.lastname@example.org
SOURCE United Food and Commercial Worker Local 21