Wal-Mart Planning To Build Dozens Of Stores In Chicago Area
Labor unions and community activists have battled Wal-Mart's attempts thus far to enter urban markets like New York and Chicago in the past. The company says that the Chicago outlets would create about 10,000 store employee jobs paying "competitive" wages, as well as 2,000 unionized construction jobs. It also plans to spend $20 million in charitable partnerships over five years, including donating 1.2 million meals a year to Chicago residents.
"There is no question in these times that we need jobs -- the question is what kind of jobs they will be, and how the community will benefit," says Rev. Booker Vance, a spokesman for a coalition of local unions, congregations and community groups in Chicago. If history be our guide, to be continued.