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July 07, 2010 10:17 PM UTC

Wal-Mart Special: Chicago

  • 6 Comments
  • by: CoalCreekWildfire

Wal-Mart 1, Unions 0:

• Chicago Mayor Daley wins a Wal-Mart sponsored environmental award

• Wal-Mart wins approval for its 1st store in a core Democratic constituency

Daley is one of two mayors to win the award:

Chicago, IL Mayor Richard M. Daley … [has] been selected to receive the 2010 Mayors’ Climate Protection Award, a program sponsored by … Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

A few weeks later, Daley successfully overcomes Union opposition to the Wal-Mart expansion:

Approval for the store came after labor leaders dropped their opposition… Daley, who has blasted critics of Wal-Mart’s expansion in the city …

This is Chicago’s first Wal-Mart store in a core Democratic constituency. The other store is in the whiter and more conservative west side.

What is Daley thinking?

Sources

Deanna Bellandi, Chicago City Council approves building the city’s 2nd Walmart store, Associated Press / Chicago Tribune, 6/30/2010 17:37, http://www.chicagotribune.com/…

2010 Mayor’ Climate Protection Award Winners Announced, First Place Winners: Chicago and North Little Rock, The United States Conference of Mayors, 6/11/2010, http://usmayors.org/pressrelea…

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6 thoughts on “Wal-Mart Special: Chicago

  1. Gee, I don’t know. Maybe about creating jobs and revenue in the south side where the economy is shit?

    The Chicago City Council unanimously voted in favor of the 2nd store. So while you’re at it, why don’t you ask them what they were thinking, since they’re the ones that approved it?

    And what does this have to do with anything remotely related to Colorado politics again?  

    1. I’ve read that opening a Wal-Mart actually destroys jobs. I am sure there are local businesses even in the distressed southside which sell everything Wal-Mart plans to sell. Those businesses actually have workers too and likely pay more and have better working conditions than a Wal-Mart. And all the money spent in those businesses tends to stay in the local community, unlike a Wal-Mart which sends it’s profits back to Bentonville.

      Wal-Mart is a hideous example of economic development!

      1. but the residents of the south side clearly expressed their support and I would hope to God they would be allowed to have some say in what goes on in their community, wouldn’t you? Or should lofty ideals supersede their needs and wishes?

        And I think if we are going to claim that smaller businesses provide better pay and better working conditions than we’d better have some proof of that, no?

        1. I am not familiar with the particular episode in Chicago, but there are just an overwhelming number of cases where locals fight having WalMart come in and destroy local economies. And WalMart rides roughshod over all opposition.

          I will look at th eparticulars of the Chicago story and get back to you.

          1. usually I’m more inclined to see your point of view than my own on this. I live in a small town that has fought Wal-Mart building here for years because it would effectively put our wipe out most of our small businesses. I haven’t shopped at Wal-Mart in nearly 10 years and that’s a conscious decision on my part.

            I think in this case, the South side is experiencing such massive unemployment that they are willing to back Wal-Mart for the amount of jobs it will create, as well as the concessions Daley rung out of corporate.  

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