Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy (LAANE) is the group spear heading the protest of the small neighborhood style grocery store that Walmart wants to open. I am familiar with the market as I have seen them in Las Vegas where they have been for a couple of years. The groc to a degree is similar to Fresh and Easy or Trader Joe’s in size and marketing.
LAANE takes exception to the store on several levels. First is that the city and its residents can’t afford to subsidize benefits for their employees. Why? Because they alleged, and Walmart certainly has been held to scrutiny on this in the past, for paying wages that are so low that their employees qualify for medi-cal, food stamps and similar welfare. Certainly Walmart hasn’t been accused of paying a living wage nor employing for enough hours to have their employees to be benefit eligible.
Deets: Thursday, March 8, at 1pm., Department of Public Social Services, on 2415 W. Sixth St. Los Angeles, CA 90057 MAP HERE.
Full press release after the jump. Continue reading Protest against Walmart’s proposed Chinatown grocery store today at 1PM