Federal Appeals Court Upholds Judge's Rejection of Maryland Fair Share Law

Another Failure for the Union Leaders' Anti-Wal-Mart Legislative Agenda

Jan 17, 2007, 00:00 ET from Working Families for Wal-Mart

    WASHINGTON, Jan. 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. Court of
 Appeals for the Fourth Circuit today upheld the ruling of a Federal judge
 who last year nullified the Maryland Fair Share Health Care law, which
 singled out Wal-Mart for special health care spending mandates. In response
 to the court's action, Working Families for Wal-Mart, a national
 organization with more than 150,000 volunteer members, issued a statement.
     "Last year, the union leaders failed in 32 of the 33 states where they
 announced they would enact a so-called Fair Share Health Care bill," said
 Catherine Smith, Interim Chair of Working Families for Wal-Mart. "In
 Maryland, the only state to enact the legislation, a Federal judge promptly
 struck it down as illegal. Today, the U.S. Court of Appeals agreed. We
 applaud the Court's actions and are gratified that yet again this measure
 has been exposed as both illegal and bad public policy. On behalf of
 working families everywhere, we urge the union leaders' to abandon these
 failed gimmicks and use their members' dues to help pass meaningful reforms
 that expand affordable health coverage to all Americans."
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 volunteer members dedicated to getting the truth out about Wal-Mart's
 positive contributions to working families. Members come from a variety of
 backgrounds and include: customers, business leaders, activists, civic
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