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Friday, June 21, 2013
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Letters to the Editor
Ted Rudow III, MA, Encina Ave, Palo Alto, CA
As celebrities including Tom Cruise and Hugh Jackman celebrated Wal-Mart at its annual meeting last week, workers and activists converged to demand sweeping changes at the company’s U.S. stores and global factories. Around 100 striking workers with the group OUR Wal-Mart arrived in a caravan from across the country to protest what they allege to be retaliation against those seeking to change company practices on wages, safety and unions.
Wal-Mart is one of only a few major retailers that have refused to sign on to the new safety standards after the Dhaka tragedy. Tazreen Fashions fire killed 112 workers and left hundreds injured. And in Rana Plaza, it killed 1,127 and left more than 600 or 700 injured for lifetime. And in that shareholder meeting, they haven’t even given any condolence for those families. They haven’t felt sad. No word for those.
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