Independent State Store Union Charges Walmart Wine Vending Machines are Intentional Sabotage of the State Store System

Dec 02, 2010, 11:13 ET from Independent State Store Union

HARRISBURG, Pa., Dec. 2, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- To paraphrase Alice of Wonderland fame, the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board is getting "curiouser and curiouser."  "After the initial boondoggle of the wine vending machines, the PLCB has announced a possible deal for the placement of these paradigms of the state stores' destruction in Walmarts across the Commonwealth," says David Wanamaker, President of the Independent State Store Union.  "ISSU (the state-wide union representing 730 state store managers) sees this latest initiative embarked upon by this Board and CEO as tantamount to intentional sabotage."

For seventy-five years, the PLCB charted the legislatively mandated course consistent with its control responsibility while maximizing the common good and substantial revenues.  Since its self-proclaimed rebirth under CEO Joe Conti, the PLCB has fundamentally abrogated its responsibilities established by the legislature in favor of gubernatorial fiats.  The PLCB has been hijacked by privateers doing the bidding of the alcohol industry while masquerading as responsible public servants and bureaucrats.

The current Board and administration have pursued numerous policy initiatives that are contradictory to their fiduciary responsibilities.  Wanamaker continues, "The $127 million Oracle system utilized to manage day-to-day store operations is an unparalleled disaster.  The $10 million contract with Landor to 'rebrand and reimage' the PLCB is an unparalleled waste."

The $175,000 Solutions 21 contract to make employees more charming is a solution in search of a problem.  The sole reason for this unnecessary venture and expense, beyond the apparent conflict of interest, is to make employees the apologists for the failures of management and the Oracle boondoggle that often paralyzes store operations.  A burgeoning advertising budget is a needless expense when more often than not, needed merchandise is unavailable due to the dysfunction of Oracle.

Wanamaker warns, "As an often vocal and strident critic of the current Board policies, ISSU is cognizant that their elimination is paramount to an unfettered assault on the control system and the common good – internally and externally."

SOURCE Independent State Store Union