September 28, 2006

OPENED THIS BIG BOX AND ALL I FOUND INSIDE WAS JOBS AND SAVINGS....:

Illinois: Wal-Mart Reaches Chicago (LIBBY SANDER, 9/28/06, NY Times)

Wal-Mart opened its first store in Chicago, a little more than two weeks after Mayor Richard M. Daley vetoed an ordinance requiring all “big-box” stores to pay their employees $10 an hour by 2010. More than 15,000 people applied to work at the 142,000-square-foot store, which is in the economically depressed Austin section on the West Side. Wal-Mart officials estimated that the store would produce 490 jobs.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 28, 2006 8:38 AM
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The unionization folks no doubt are already roaming the aisles of the store whispering to the new employees how miserable their jobs are under the crushing boot of their corporate masters (that's before they pick up a few pairs of pants and maybe some laundry detergant or shampoo at discount prices on the way out to the parking lot).

Posted by: John at September 28, 2006 8:55 AM

The press still has to find something to complain about. This time it's that the new store doesn't have the new Elmo doll. Evil Wal-Mart--they are really digging now.

Next thing you know it will be a hit piece on the 14K+ people that didn't get a job there. Surely the company could have hired more, doncha know.

Posted by: ken at September 28, 2006 11:21 AM

Interesting experiment in progress: Rod Dreher (Crunchy Cons) and his blog commenters are looking for the downside in Wal-Mart's new $4-per-month prescription drug program.

Posted by: Mike Morley at September 28, 2006 12:11 PM

Mike:

Here's the thing, it has many downsides according to his manifesto:

crunchycon.nationalreview.com/about/

but none in reality, which tells you all you need to know about him.

Posted by: oj at September 28, 2006 12:37 PM
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