Wal-Mart Wants Your Job

As the Retailing Behemoth Prepares to Open Its First Store in the Twin Cities Metro, Neighborhoods and Workers Brace Themselves for the Wal-Mart Treatment: Low Wages, Union Busting, and a Big, Friendly Smile

Although Local 789 doesn't endorse such measures, it shares the saboteurs' fear of the retailing behemoth. Wal-Mart does not presently have any Supercenters in the metro area, and therefore no full-service grocery stores, but UFCW members believe that at some point in the not-too-distant future the retailer will become a direct competitor. "Wal-Marts are all over the nation, like cockroaches," says Dessalines Jackson, a nine-year employee of Rainbow's Midway store. "It's just a matter of time before they expand into groceries."

Daniel Swanson, who works in the produce department at Cub Foods in the Midway, says that he refuses to shop at Wal-Mart, but that many of his colleagues patronize the company. "I hear people in the break room say, 'I went to Wal-Mart and I got a great deal on tires,' and all this other crap," scoffs Swanson. "I tell them, 'Hey, you're feeding the coffers of the people who are eventually going to take our jobs.' They're monsters."

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