Appelbaum: Walmart abuses workers

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Yo, Walmart: Fuhgeddaboudit!

New York City does not want you here, and the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union and other labor unions will aggressively fight any attempt by Walmart executives to circumvent our democracy and dodge the will of the people.

Walmart’s recently publicized plans to set up shop in a Related Companies’ as-of-right site in the Gateway Center that will allow them to bypass the community and its representatives in the Council is a slap in the face. The public’s voice is critical to this particular debate.

There is no question that Walmart has earned its reputation as the quintessential villain of retail. Today’s headlines report yet again that Walmart is facing a landmark class-action lawsuit for discriminating against women. The lawsuit filed, by more than one million former Walmart employees, alleges that Walmart pays women less than men for the same jobs and that women receive fewer promotions than male counterparts.

Aside from the retailer’s despicable acts of discrimination, there are also long chapters and proven history in every community in which it operates that the union-busting, neighborhood-crushing Walmart forces out good jobs and reliable retailers while bringing down wages and benefits.

Walmart may create jobs on the front end, but the company erodes them later, just as Walmart has fully eroded our American manufacturing base by becoming the single largest customer in China and other overseas countries.

The real question is: Does a company that pays poverty wages, exploits its employees and fights their attempts to organize a union, provides few benefits, drives small businesses into bankruptcy, discriminates against women, abuses immigrants and child-labor laws, and demands enormous public services and subsidies from local governments good for New York?

Fuhgeddaboudit! Always low wages is bad for New Yorkers and our struggling retail economy. New Yorkers and Brooklynites want and deserve something better than that.

Stuart Appelbaum is president of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union.

Updated 5:18 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Steven Rosenberg from Park Slope says:
"Stuart Appelbaum is president of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union"

Dear Mr. Appellbaum:

Thanks in your own, not-so-small-way, for turbocharging unions, and turning them into the single worst economic force in the United States and Western World.

Greece, California, and New York: union greed, a/k/a blackmail, in both the private sector and government are to blame for our imminent fiscal ruin.

Mr. Appellbaum, try getting a real job; not one predicated on blackmail and mafia-like coercion.

May 12, 2010, 8:14 pm
John from Brooklyn says:
I have a question?

Did anyone notice that Target (non union) has a supermarket inside of it's Gateway store?
They are adding them to all of their stores in the city. Why is no one stopping that?
WalMart pays the same as Target and Costcos.
May 15, 2010, 12:43 pm
John from Brooklyn says:
And by the way I was a member of Local 338 and I needed help real bad. I got nothing, nothing. What happened to thse King Kullen Union employees in Staten Island? I know a few of them and they no longer have a job. Thanks Unions
May 15, 2010, 12:45 pm
Mark Guinan from Alfred, Ny says:
Stuart Applebaum is a "Tool". The unions he so readily holds forth as the savior of the common man have priced the USA out of business. Manufacturing in this country is leaving (or has left) because the labor costs, benefits, etc. have made us totally incapable of competeing on the world's stage. The unionized workforce pays exhorbinant dues to protect workers who could not hold a job, except for their membership. Usually it is these worthless leeches who run for and win Union Leadership positions because the "real workers" are too busy earning their living and taking care of their family to indulge in the Bull#$%t that is Union Politics. "Real Workers" don't need a third party to "protect" them, they are productive, valuable employees who would have a job anyway.

He is right when he says New Yorkers and Brooklynites want and deserve someething better, they deserve THE RIGHT TO WORK in an atmosphere free of Union thugs and leeches and to compete based on their abilities and work ethic not on their seniority and who the Union Boss want to see in the Steward's position!
May 19, 2010, 11:48 am
Paula Jenise from California says:
You Should read the Arizona informant news paper out of phoenix, Az that came out about walmart abuse of two African American Employees on page 7. This should give the president the reason to have all stores have unions over them. I will personally never step into a walmart store again.
July 22, 2010, 9:43 am
Mark from Alabama says:
I do not think this is a matter of Union vs Non Union or political leanings - Walmart does not make sense for NY. Why choose to have more jobs exported to China?
Why spend money in a place that treats their employees so poorly? What good is done when the people that work there need public assiatance for health care etc..
I think Mr. Appelbaum's points are correct and should be given careful consideration before it is too late.
Sept. 1, 2010, 2:46 pm
marie from elko nevada says:
I no how walmart treats there associates real bad. the store 2402. walmart was a good place to work until it went corp.This is how walmart works now they only want part time workers. This is how they work you the task manager at home office tells you how many hours there is in each department and you are timed when stocking the shelves.If you don't get done by the time they tell you you get wrote up. And I dom't think walmart is good for any city or town and the managers are terrible. I would tell people not to apply there
Dec. 2, 2010, 2:46 am
dayle spoon from store 1718 findlay ohio 45840 says:
Anyone know who I can call about what's going on in this store?
Dec. 28, 2010, 11:48 am
dayle spoon from store 1718 findlay ohio 45840 says:
Email at
Dec. 28, 2010, 11:51 am
Karen from York says:
Lets see those managers stock third shift shelves with the task manager,NOT, You are actually doing the work of 2 associates. Very unfair, we are only human! Just one night, I would love to see mgrs. stock.
Bust your butt! OH< don't forget, ARE YOU DONE YET!
That's all ya hear!! Push, Push, & Push, Maybe we;ll all have a heart attack & you can all do the stocking.
Jan. 16, 2011, 9:33 am
Ginny from York says:
Managers are so not with this program. Task manager is your number one thing. Stick it up your !!! It's all bull.
You don't count all the extras brought to us throughout the night. Picks, Zone, over-stock. Well, lets see the managers try this just one night. Good-Luck, you's will never do it like the hard working associates get it done, because managers will never get it done, They just know how to walk around & ask Are you done yet! How long! YOU DO IT, See how you would get it done in the few hours you expect us to get it done. It's all B.S.
Jan. 16, 2011, 9:38 am
madmilker from upper west side says:'s got to a point that most everyone around the world don't need a retailer from the Ozarks that makes NOTHING....dang! Leslie Dach is dumping Wal*Mart stock and with them not having any stores left in Germany. South Korea and closing the office in Russia....add to that the American people are so tight with a George Washington that their breath smells like sh!! and they squeak when they walk....duh! people in America just want to get back to making stuff.

Besides, they over $55 billion in debt and who in their right mind need another company in town with a debt load like that....

Just think how long it would take to get all those corporate American nincompoops to brings jobs back to America if not one American spent one George Washington on foreign made stuff....

I surely don't think Wal*Mart depriving all the nice people of China from buying foreign with putting less than 5% foreign in their stores in China is right....but they do it...where would America be today if you where to go inside a Wal*Mart and see less than 5% foreign....there would be jobs for everybody.....

People have the power....just keep George Washington in your pocket book.....better to have him there than in the hand of a foreigner cause he surely can't help any one in America if that's the case.....duh! oops! but that is the case.

Made In America..........priceless!
Feb. 10, 2011, 2:29 am

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