USW Joins Thousands to Rally against Wal-Mart
One of the largest demonstrations against a corporate giant brought labor activists and union workers from across California together to voice their anger at Wal-Mart’s attempt to open a store in the historic Chinatown area of downtown Los Angeles.
Many felt the corporate agenda of the retail giant would only drive wages lower and oppress middle and lower class families.
"I'm against Wal-Mart driving out small businesses and making low-wage, non-union jobs the standard," said United Steelworkers (USW) District 12 Director Bob LaVenture who was attending the event along with our members from the Carwaheros.
The protest was organized by a coalition of labor, community and faith organizations, including LAANE, the Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy, the LA County Federation of Labor, and a number of grassroots community groups, along with Making Change at Walmart.