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Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 1356. We have three Collective Agreements as Local 1356, 1356-01, and 1356-02. The membership is comprised of the full-time and part-time workers of York University the Local website is at 1356.cupe.ca This Blog will include Local information and information garnered from sources other Universities, Colleges, Post Secondary/Tertiary Education and news sources supplying information.

Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Love Mom, Not Wal-Mart

We are launching our “Love Mom, Not Wal-Mart” campaign and we are inviting you to join.

Mother’s Day is all about honoring our Moms. Unfortunately, Wal-Mart’s idea of honor and respect for women includes unequal wages, fewer promotions, and inadequate health care.

As a special treat, we are going to send Lee Scott, Wal-Mart’s CEO, the “Mother of all Mother’s Day Cards.” With your help, Lee Scott will receive what may be the largest Mother’s Day card in America – maybe in history. Add your name to that card by signing the “Love Mom, Not Wal-Mart” pledge now:

http://www.wakeupwalmart.com/mom/pledge.html

Together, we can send Wal-Mart a message that it’s about time to Wake-Up and do the right thing. No women worker, or Mom, deserves to be treated so poorly.

We need you – and your friends and family – to sign the ”Love Mom, Not Wal-Mart” pledge to not buy any gifts for Mother’s Day at Wal-Mart.

http://www.wakeupwalmart.com/mom/pledge.html

On our Mother’s Day web site, you can also send Mother’s Day e-cards, download Women and Wal-Mart fact sheets and flyers, and purchase discounted flowers. Sign the pledge now and view our Mother ’s Day Specials.

http://www.wakeupwalmart.com/mom/pledge.html

Just think about what women at Wal-Mart - the largest employer of women in the United States with over 700,000 female employees – face every day:

  1. Gender Discrimination: Wal-Mart is currently involved in a gender discrimination lawsuit affecting more than 1.5 million women. The case is the largest class action lawsuit in U.S. history. The suit documents Wal-Mart’s systematic discrimination against women for lower pay and unequal promotion.
  2. Lower pay: Women earn from 5% - 10% less than men at Wal-Mart for the same work. This equates to nearly 40 cents less per hour for female hourly workers or nearly $5,000 less per year for female managers.
  3. Fewer Promotions: Despite making up 72% of Wal-Mart’s hourly workforce, women only account for 33% of managers and only 15% of store managers.

http://www.wakeupwalmart.com/mom/pledge.html

The “Love Mom, Not Wal-Mart” campaign is our first step towards our goal of changing Wal-Mart by building local coalitions at every Wal-Mart in America.

Thank you for all that you have done and all that you will do to make this campaign a success. And remember to honor your Mom this Mother’s Day by shopping at a store that honors her too.


Paul Blank
Wake-Up Wal-Mart Campaign

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