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June 19, 2013 Columns & Blogs » Letters to the Editor
Letters to the Editor: June 19, 2013
As celebrities like Tom Cruise and Hugh Jackman celebrated Walmart at its annual meeting, workers and activists converged to demand sweeping changes at the company's U.S. stores and global factories. Around a hundred striking workers with the group OUR Walmart 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.
Walmart is one of only a few major retailers that has refused to sign on to the new safety standards after the latest Dhaka tragedy. The Tazreen Fashion fire in 2012 killed 117 workers and left hundreds injured, and the recent building collapse in Rana Plaza killed 1,127 and left more than 600 or 700 injured. And at that shareholder meeting, no one gave any condolence to those families.
—Ted Rudow III
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