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Wal-Mart Watch


Self Description

August 2006: "In Spring 2005, Wal-Mart Watch began its nationwide public education campaign to challenge the world’s largest retailer to become a better employer, neighbor, and corporate citizen. By connecting and supporting the myriad efforts already underway across the country, Wal-Mart Watch serves as a catalyst for coordinated action, a fact-based presence on the truths about Wal-Mart’s business model, and the nation’s premiere online resource center for Wal-Mart educational tools....Wal-Mart Watch is a joint project of The Center for Community & Corporate Ethics, a 501c3 organization devoted to studying the impact of large corporations on society, and its advocacy arm, Five Stones."

http://walmartwatch.com/home/pages/about

Third-Party Descriptions

December 2008: 'Wal-Mart said on Tuesday that it would pay at least $352 million, and possibly far more, to settle lawsuits across the country claiming that it forced employees to work off the clock. Several lawyers described it as the largest settlement ever for lawsuits over wage violations....“Wal-Mart is scared with what they’re going to face in an Obama administration,” said David Nassar, of Wal-Mart Watch, a union-financed advocacy group.'

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/24/business/24walmart.html

Relationships

RoleNameTypeLast Updated
Owned by (partial or full, past or present) Center for Community & Corporate Ethics (CCCE) Organization Aug 17, 2006
Opponent (past or present) Wal-Mart Stores Organization Aug 17, 2006
Organization Head/Leader (past or present) David Nassar Person Dec 24, 2008

Articles and Resources

Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at:
Dec 24, 2008 Wal-Mart Settles 63 Lawsuits Over Wages

QUOTE: Wal-Mart said on Tuesday that it would pay at least $352 million, and possibly far more, to settle lawsuits across the country claiming that it forced employees to work off the clock. Several lawyers described it as the largest settlement ever for lawsuits over wage violations....The newly settled cases involved hundreds of thousands of current and former hourly employees.

New York Times
Jun 05, 2008 Wal-Mart’s Detractors Come In From the Cold

QUOTE: “It’s fair to say we have been less in-your-face,” said David Nassar, the executive director of Wal-Mart Watch, which had hammered the company in stinging newspaper advertisements and provocative reports with titles like “Shameless: How Wal-Mart Bullies Its Way Into Communities Across America.”

New York Times
Jun 19, 2007 Wal-Mart fight heats up in California: While cities challenge expansion plans, the retail giant touts benefits

QUOTE: [Wal-Marts are] harder to find in California, and municipal leaders across the state want to keep it that way .... [but] For its part, Wal-Mart says it's been unfairly vilified.

Christian Science Monitor
Jun 13, 2007 Wal-Mart's Latest Ethics Controversy: An employee who scrupulously followed the company's own ethics guidelines may find herself out of a job

QUOTE: "We were told that even if we see something that has the appearance of something unethical we should report it," says [Chalace Epley] Lowry. Now, two weeks after filing a complaint against a more senior executive, the 50-year-old mother of two finds herself looking for another job. .... Wal-Mart says Lowry is simply confused.

BusinessWeek
Jul 19, 2006 Judge overturns state law requiring Wal-Mart to spend more on health care

QUOTE: many of the state's Medicaid enrollees had jobs at Wal-Mart but could not qualify or afford to sign up for its health benefits.

USA TODAY