March 18, 2005
Statement by UFCW International President Joe Hansen
Regarding Wal-Mart Immigrants Settlement
Today’s record $11 million fine against Wal-Mart should be a wake-up call to a corporation that has systematically bent and broken the law to increase their corporate coffers at the expense of the most vulnerable employees.
While Wal-Mart may have settled this case with the federal government, the jury is still out as to whether they will change their exploitive behavior.
Following the child labor settlement just a few weeks ago, this record fine further illustrates that Wal-Mart’s corporate culture of greed and arrogance is completely out of step with basic American values.