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    Anti-Walmart Union Stays Quiet as Hillary Gets Big Donation From Heiress Alice Walton

    Anti-Walmart Union Stays Quiet as Hillary Gets Big Donation From Heiress Alice Walton

    Union endorsed Clinton, who served on Walmart board from 1986 to 1992

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    BY: Zach Gorelick
    April 13, 2016 4:59 am

    A major anti-Walmart union is staying tight-lipped about billionaire Walmart heiress Alice Walton’s six-figure donation to Hillary Clinton.

    The United Food and Commercial Workers Union endorsed Clinton in January, less than one month after Walton contributed more than $353,000 to a pro-Hillary fund.

    International president of the UFCW Marc Perrone wrote in a statement, “It is our members’ strong belief that Hillary Clinton is not just the strongest presidential candidate, but the right one.”

    The union has sparred for decades with Walmart, going so far as to create the ‘Making Change at Walmart’ union group, which represents Walmart workers and frequently tangles with the company in the courts and federal labor system. The website ‘Walmart 1 Percent,’ a project of ‘Making Change at Walmart,’ features Alice Walton on its “family” page, which draws attention to the wealth of the Walton family.

    “The Waltons make billions a year off of a company most of them don’t even work for,” the group writes, “while Walmart associates struggle for respect on the job and enough pay to make ends meet.”

    Clinton served as the only female member of the Walmart Board of Directors from 1986 to 1992, and was at Walmart during a major campaign by the world’s largest retailer to defeat labor unions representing its employees.

    Good Morning America reported in 2008 that the organization had obtained tapes of Walmart board meetings in which Hillary Clinton remained visibly silent during at least four meetings and “never once rose to defend the role of American labor unions.”

    John Tate, who served on the board with Clinton, told the New York Times in 2007 that while Hillary was vocal about issues relating to women, she “was not an outspoken person on labor,” and that speaking out about labor had the potential to weaken her position on the board. Her time on the board occurred during her husband’s service as governor of Arkansas, where Walmart is headquartered.

    The Democratic frontrunner has spent years trying to distance herself from her ties to the big box store. Clinton’s website, which provides a detailed list of her accomplishments and stances—including her sponsorship of pro-union legislation—does not mention her time on the Board of Directors at Walmart.

    “As first lady of Arkansas,” her biography states. “Hillary was a forceful champion for improving educational standards and health care access.” Though she has received thousands of dollars from various Walmart executives and political action committees, she has—after the donations received media coverage—returned a portion of those donations over the years.
    Since Alice Walton’s contribution to the Hillary Victory Fund became public, there has been no indication that the donation will be returned and Clinton has not directly commented on the gift. Alice Walton is the daughter of the late Sam Walton, who created the first Walmart in 1962 and spent decades growing the retail company to its current status as the largest in the world.

    When pressed about Clinton’s time on the board of directors, “Making Change at Walmart” referred the Washington Free Beacon to the UFCW’s endorsement statement, which states that the group’s “extensive endorsement process found that our members were more concerned about Clinton’s plans for the future than her past,” noting that “she resigned from any position with Walmart involvement 24 years ago.”

    The union did not respond to questions about whether knowledge of Walton’s contribution would have affected the endorsement.

    The Clinton campaign and the Sanders campaign did not return request for comment.

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    Hillary Clinton was a Wal-Mart Director for 6 Years

    Posted by Emine Dilek on Saturday, June 20, 2015 · 6 Comments


    In 1986, Sam Walton, the founder of Wal-Mart, was under pressure to appoint a woman to the company’s 15-member -all male- board of directors. So, Mr. Walton asked a young lawyer, Hillary Rodham Clinton, who just happened to be married to the governor of Arkansas at the time, where Wal-Mart is based, to be the sole female member of the board.

    During six years (1986 -1992) as a member of the Wal-Mart board of directors, Hillary Clinton remained silent as the world’s largest retailer waged a major campaign against the labor unions seeking to represent store workers.

    John Tate who was one of Clinton’s fellow board members, was leading Wal-Mart’s anti-union efforts. Tate was also Wal-Mart’s executive vice president and served on the board with Clinton for four of her six years. Tate favorite phrase was, as he admitted himself, “Labor unions are nothing but blood-sucking parasites living off the productive labor of people who work for a living.”

    According to an ABC News report, published in 2008, Clinton appears in videotapes of the stockholder meetings where she never appears to defend the role of labor unions. On the contrary, the tapes show Clinton in the role of a loyal company woman. “I’m always proud of Wal-Mart and what we do and the way we do it better than anybody else,” she said at a June 1990 stockholders meeting.

    Clinton also worked at the Law Firm which represented Walmart. A 1994 New York Times story identified Clinton as the Rose Law firm’s lead lawyer for the company.

    Associated Press reported in 2006 that Mrs. Clinton was paid $18,000 annually plus $1,500 for each meeting she attended as a board member. The Clintons had $100,000 in Walmart stock, which was put into a blind trust after the 1992 election. The Clintons also flew for free on Wal-Mart corporate planes 14 times in 1990 and 1991, in preparation for Bill Clinton’s 1992 presidential bid.

    The ties between the Clintons and the Walton family continue to this day. Alice Walton, the daughter of Wal-Mart’s founder Sam Walton, is a big supporter of Hillary Clinton becoming the Democratic presidential nominee in 2016. According to filings with the FEC, Alice Walton gave $25,000, the maximum allowed under federal law, to the super PAC Ready for Hillary. According to Clinton Foundation’s disclosures, the Walmart Foundation and the Walton Family Foundation each have given between $1 million and $5 million to the Clinton Foundation.

    Attached documentary: The film exposes Wal-Mart’s unscrupulous business practices through interviews with former employees, small business owners, and footage of Walmart executives.

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    The film exposes Wal-Mart's unscrupulous business practices through interviews with former employees, small business owners, and footage of Walmart executives. SUBSCRIBE: BRAVE NEW FILMS BOXED SET:

    (2:22) - How Walmart Destroys Communities - Whether it's a family rum hardware store or a small eye glass store, when Walmart opens in small towns like Middlefield, Ohio long established, independently run stores are hurt. The Hunter family open H&H Hardware in 1962. When a new Walmart was build in town, they were driven out of business.

    (15:20) - How Walmart Profits from Poverty (And Sticks Taxpayers With The Bill) - Walmart stores are frequently short staffed, not because they can't find workers but because they want to save on their labor experiences. This comes from the top, the corporate doesn't budget enough money for payroll. Because Walmart doesn't pay fair wages, their employers need to go on public assistance programs.

    (25:13) How Walmart Rolls Back Worker's Rights - Walmart is one of the most anti-union companies in America. Store managers keep an eye on employees they suspect are either sympathetic to unions or are active union organizers.

    (33:56) - Walmart Cheats Workers - It is estimated that they cheated workers out of $150 million dollars. Walmart would teach managers how to digitally change people's time cards as not to pay overtime and reduce store experiences.

    (44:35) -Subsidies - The subsidies Walmart gets from city governments takes funding away from public schools. When Walmart opened stored in Denver, they got $1.7 million in city subsidies, if the money had gone to the Denver Public Schools system, they wouldn't had have to shut down three schools. Subsidies also give Walmart an unfair business advantage over small, locally owned stores that offer better pay and benefits for their workers.

    (54:46) - Environmental Ruin -In Belmont, North Carolina, a Catawba Riverkeeper noticed that runoff from herbicides and pesticides was flowing into the river and polluting the town's drinking water. It was only after the local news aired a report on the water contamination that a local manager moved those toxic substance to a better storage site. The company's main offices were unresponsive.

    (1:00:10) - Imports From China - In China, factory workers can live in dorms owned by Walmart - workers pay rent and utilities. If they move out of the dorms, to live in a place not connected to Walmart, they still have to pay rent for the dorms. Workers work in factories with poor ventilation. They are told to lie to inspectors about how many days they work: six, when they really work seven days a week. All of this to make less than $3 a day.

    (1:12:33) - Greed - Lee Scott, the CEO of Walmart made $27,207,799 in 2005 when, the average Walmart hourly sales employee made $13,861 annually. The family who owns Walmart, the Waltons, is one of America's wealthiest family, yet they barely give anything to charity. They are worth $102 billion.

    (1:16:10) - No Security - Kidnappings, robberies, and car jackings...80% of crime that occurs at Walmarts in California takes place in the stores' parking lot, yet most of the stores' security officers are posted within the store. As early as 1994, Walmart knew that it had issues with its' parking lot security, but they hid these internal reports. They also knew that adding roving patrols in parking lots greatly reduce crime

    (1:25:06) - Taking Control - Walmart is a powerful corporation! However, we can beat them. Two communities, one in Arizona and another in Southern California did just that! They stopped a Walmart from coming into their communities.

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    it said Hillary was indicted she guilty of all charges nov 8 well she should be in jail

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