May 3, 2005

St. Louis Post Dispatch on WM

Patrick Grote sends in two articles from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch by Mary Jo Feldstein. The first sprawls between discussion of low prices, competition, and union opposition:

After the grocery strike here in 2003, union officials and grocers said they needed to fight the big-box retailers, such as Wal-Mart, that were nipping at sales.

Wal-Mart hasn't faced much opposition in the St. Louis area so far, Horn said. But union officials say that's about to change.

A union seminar this week in St. Louis will be devoted to Wal-Mart, said Jim Dougherty, president of United Food and Commercial Workers Local 655. Paul Blank, director of the union's Wake-up Wal-Mart Campaign, will speak on how to combat the retailing giant. The national union hired him to lead a new movement targeting the retailer.

The second is a discussion of a Wal-Mart success story:

Cindy Galati was facing money problems in November 1981. Her husband had been laid off, and she needed a job.

Galati applied for what she thought would be a temporary job as a cashier at the Belleville Wal-Mart.

She still works for Wal-Mart, but now she's a district manager overseeing 3,000 employees and stores with sales of about $400 million a year. Her territory is the Interstate 70 corridor in Missouri.

The woman realized that Wal-Mart's health benefits were "good" only when she needed to cover catastrophic costs....

Posted by Kevin on May, 3 2005 at 03:25 PM