Walmart has once again given money to New York City's summer jobs programs, as the retail giant quietly continues its push to open a store in New York City. Unrelated, the mayor defended his inclusion of revenue from non-profit garbage pick-ups in this year's budget, allegedly without telling the Council.
A handsome out-of-work carpenter is the star of one advertisement Walmart has been distributing locally. In it, he hopes for the City Council to resist the urgings of "special interests" (revealed in another ad to be the grocery workers' union and city-based food retailers) because, as it reads, "I need a job;" the buildings workers unions have backed Walmart's expansion into New York City.
A negative report about the business practices of Walmart, combined with fierce opposition from organized labor to Walmart's longstanding attempts to open up an outlet in New York, have produced what amounts to a contest among Democratic candidates to denounce the corporation in the most memorable possible terms.
"I have no idea what Walmart did in Mexico, whether any of that stuff’s true or not," said the mayor, following a press conference about a new applied science campus in Brooklyn. "We’ll have to see. There’s one story in the paper."(1)