UFCW Local 1776 Takes a Stand Against Wal-Mart in Port Richmond

Mar 04, 2003, 00:00 ET from UFCW Local 1776

    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