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In 2010, Walmart announced that it was launching into urban communities across the U.S. in an effort to shore up waning sales. Since then, the company has been trying to convince the public that Walmart will bring jobs and stimulate the local economy.

However, across the nation, residents and businesses have spoken out about Walmart's negative impact on our neighborhoods, small businesses, and jobs. Walmart brings poverty wages that force their associates to rely on public welfare programs and puts mom and pop stores out of business. Los Angeles Chinatown is similar to these communities and would be devastated by a Walmart.


  • Chinatown has at least 3 supermarkets and dozens of smaller markets. While these stores will be selling some ethnic specific items, Walmart will be selling mostly the same grocery items
  • Chinatown has 12 bakeries that sell cakes and breads. The proposed Walmart store will also sell baked goods and have a deli with prepared food
  • Chinatown has at least 4 pharmacies that would be in direct competition with the Walmart store which will have a pharmacy and sell health products
  • Stores in Chinatown operate on small margins and even a small dip in sales could force many shutter their doors
  • Many stores in Chinatown are local institutions, that have been around for decades, often remaining in the same family or in the larger Chinese-Vietnamese community
  • Smaller businesses will be further squeezed out as rents increase because chain stores can afford sign longer-term leases and pay more for rental space



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National Walmat Leaflet to support Striking Workers!
 
Los Angeles will be joining the National Leaflet supporting the striking Walmart employees as they speak up at the Walmart Shareholder meeting in Bentonville, Arkansas. 
 
 
National Walmart Leaflet to support Striking Walmart Workers
Friday, June 7, 2013 
@ 12 noon-1:30 pm
Crenshaw Walmart
4101 Crenshaw Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 
 

State of California Orders Walmart-Contracted Warehouse to Pay More Than $1 Million in Stolen Wages

ONTARIO, Calif. – The state of California has ordered a Southern California warehouse that processes the merchandise for Walmart and other retailers to pay 865 workers more than $1 million in stolen wages.

The California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement issued the citations Monday, Jan. 28 against Quetico, LLC, a large warehouse complex in Chino, California. Back wages and unpaid overtime total more than $1.1million and in addition the state issued about $200,000 in penalties.

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Thousands in Los Angeles Unite in Largest Ever Rally to Stop “Walmartization” of L.A. Jobs

Protestors tell Walmart: “L.A.’s future won’t be bought off!”
In the largest-ever protest against Walmart, thousands of Southland residents marched through L.A.’s Chinatown to call for an end to the “Walmartization” of L.A.

Chinatown residents, community organizations, faith and labor leaders, MUSICIANS TOM MORELLO AND BEN HARPER, CIVIL RIGHTS LEADER DOLORES HUERTA, US CONGRESSWOMAN JUDY CHU, L.A. LABOR LEADER MARIA ELENA DURAZO and union workers stood with Walmart associates and warehouse workers to call on the retailer to change the way it treats workers and communities.

Tuesday 9/18 Welcome Warehouse Worker

Tuesday 9/18
Welcome Warehouse Workers
Rally at 11AM
Rally Point:LA City Hall, West Side Steps

Would you like to join the Warehouse Workers and march through Downtown LA???? 

Come early!!!!

Join us at 10:00am 
at the Mission Dolores 
170 South Gless St, Los Angeles, CA
(1.4 Miles to City Hall)

Click here to download the flyer

Thousands rally against Wal-Mart in Chinatown

Several union and civil rights activists speak at the event opposing a new Wal-Mart store in Chinatown, and Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello plays 'This Land Is Your Land.'

Several thousand people, led by a banner that read "Wal-Mart= Poverty," marched through Chinatown in downtown Los Angeles Saturday to decry the giant retailer's plans for a neighborhood grocery store and the chain's low-end wage scale and non-unionized workforce.

In LA Walmart Protest, Thousands Of Angelenos March On Chinatown In Anti-Walmart Action - Huffington Post

Led by a motorcycle brigade and Chinese lion dancers, thousands of Angelenos marched through the heart of Chinatown Saturday to protest Walmart moving into the historic downtown Los Angeles neighborhood. Walmart workers, large groups from various unions and others shouted slogans such as "Walmart hurts the 99 percent" and "Walmart, Walmart, you're no good. Treat your workers like you should" as they passed many of the neighborhood's small Chinese businesses.

Unhappy 50th Birthday, Walmart! - inthesetimes.com

After losing her job in advertising when her small-business employer folded during the recession, Marie Kanzer-Born, 54, found herself turning in desperation a year ago to a night shift job stocking shelves at a suburban Chicago Walmart. But she wasn't happy with what she calls "the weird culture of fear" that its hovering, hectoring supervisors created, the inadequate staffing that forced everyone to work faster and at risk of injury, the erratic scheduling, the refusal to pay for overtime work, and the retaliation aganst anyone who was not subservient--often through cuts in hours of work.

Community, Faith, Labor to Unite in Largest Ever Rally to Stop “Walmartization” of L.A. Jobs

Ten thousand in L.A.’s Chinatown to tell Walmart:
“L.A.’s future won’t be bought off”


Los Angeles – On Saturday, ten thousand Southland residents concerned about the growth of L.A.’s low wage economy and the influence of the nation’s largest retailer will march through L.A.’s Chinatown to call for an end to the “Walmartization” of L.A. jobs. Saturday’s march and rally will be the largest demonstration in history calling for Walmart to change its business practices to help rebuild the American economy.

Musicians stand up to Walmart in Los Angeles - LA Fed

Steve Earle, Tom Morello, Ben Harper, No Age contribute their
voices to massive protest against Walmart in L.A.’s Chinatown

(Los Angeles, CA) As thousands prepare to hit the streets of L.A.’s historic Chinatown on Saturday, June 30, for the largest protest against Walmart ever held in the U.S., several acclaimed musicians, including three Grammy winners, are joining the growing effort to stop the world’s largest retailer from opening in Chinatown and expanding across Los Angeles with poverty-level jobs and practices that hurt local businesses and communities. Musicians are also backing hundreds of Walmart workers who will march on June 30 to demand Walmart treat them with respect and provide wages that can support families.

Los Angeles: County of 212 Walmarts? - FryingPanNews

Maybe you will be one of the 10,000 people expected at a June 30th protest in L.A.’s Chinatown against a controversial plan to open a Walmart store there. The uber-retailer’s reputation for wrecking the atmosphere of historic districts like Chinatown, and posing a potential threat to local businesses, has generated strong resistance to plans for a 33,000 square-foot “express” Walmart at Cesar Chavez and Grand avenues.

Terrifying New Map Shows Walmart's Anticipated Growth in L.A. County - LA Weekly

Every time plans for a new L.A.-area Walmart leak to the public -- recent targets include Burbank, Chinatown and Altadena -- we see a familiar wave of outrage and picket signs and union pressers.

But Wal-Mart knows what it can and can't do. A company this savvy isn't going to waste time trying to open its doors where city ordinances don't permit. So Wal-Mart has instead found local loopholes...

LA Latina Leaders Reveal New Details about Walmart’s Negative Effects on the Local Economy

NELP Report Documents Walmart’s Stranglehold on Working Conditions in Southern California that Adversely Affect Latino Warehouse Workers

LOS ANGELES — Major retailers like Walmart are driving down wages and workplace safety standards on a scale far greater than understood before, a report released today by the National Employment Law Project shows.

Is Walmart Losing Its Bipartisan Luster? - The Nation

The Democratic establishment, and even much of the mainstream media, have in recent years embraced Walmart, an unlikely paramour. But revelations about Walmart recently published by the New York Times, which found evidence that the retailer’s largest foreign operation, Walmex, had paid more than $24 million in bribes to Mexican politicians who could grease the wheels of its expansion in Mexico, are providing an opportunity for the company’s critics to break up this ill-fated romance.

Vast Mexico Bribery Case Hushed Up by Wal-Mart After Top-Level Struggle - NY Times

MEXICO CITY — In September 2005, a senior Wal-Mart lawyer received an alarming e-mail from a former executive at the company’s largest foreign subsidiary, Wal-Mart de Mexico. In the e-mail and follow-up conversations, the former executive described how Wal-Mart de Mexico had orchestrated a campaign of bribery to win market dominance. In its rush to build stores, he said, the company had paid bribes to obtain permits in virtually every corner of the country.

Grocery Workers Union calls for investigation of Walmart donations in light of Mexico bribery scandal and potential violation of Foreign Corrupt Practices Act

Statement of United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 770 President Rick Icaza:

  • Yesterday's front page story in the New York Times detailing Walmart's underhanded record of bribing its way into Mexico has direct parallels in Southern California.
  • Walmart will stop at nothing to get what it wants, and what it wants is entry into the Los Angeles market. In Mexico, they call them bribes. In Southern California, they are "donations" and "lobbying fees."