PLYMOUTH MEETING, Pa., March 4 /PRNewswire/ -- In a community forum sponsored by PROPAC (Port Richmond on Patrol and Civic) and PRCC, another Port Richmond community group, UFCW Local 1776 took a strong stand against a proposed Wal-Mart store in Philadelphia. Wendell W. Young, III, President of UFCW Local 1776, said, "Opening a Wal-Mart in the Port Richmond section of Philadelphia will have harsh and almost immediate impacts on this neighborhood. Up to 600 Unionized jobs that pay a living wage and provide good health care benefits will be lost, replaced by jobs that barely pay minimum wage." President Young continued, "Wal-Mart's low prices are financed by your tax dollars. Since they do not provide affordable, quality health benefits, many of the people who work in Pennsylvania's largest employer are enrolled in Advanced Basic Care or CHIP, and that directly raises your taxes, and contributes to the health care crisis in the Commonwealth." The UFCW also pointed out that for each job that Wal-Mart creates, paying substandard wages and providing little or no health care, 1.5 jobs that pay a living wage and provide decent health care are destroyed. The Port Richmond community organizations that sponsored the event plan on taking a vote on whether or not to oppose the proposed Wal-Mart site in the near future.
SOURCE UFCW Local 1776