Sunday, April 17, 2005

Wal-Mart Loses in Maryland

If Wal-Mart wants to stay in Maryland it's going to have to make at least an 8% contribution to the health care of it's workers. This comes as the blatantly anti-union, anti-health care giant sees the Maryland senate forces Wal-Mart and all other companies with more than 10,000 employees to do the right thing for it's employees. Katrina Vanden Heuvel of The Nation reported "Maryland's House of Delegates voted 82 to 48 to approve a bill that would require all businesses in the state with more than 10,000 employees to spend at least 8 percent of their payroll on health benefits for workers (or, alternatively, donate the funds to the state's Medicaid program). Wal-Mart, with its 15,000 employees, is the only such company that does not already spend 8 percent on health care for employees--and thus, the direct target of the bill. Spearheaded by Maryland for Health Care, the legislation was supported by a coalition of over 1,000 organizations representing Maryland's health, business, and community interests" This crafty manouver could be repeated in other states and send a strong message to other giant corporations who ignore the well-being of their most precious resource.....their workers. The Republican governor of Maryland threatened to veto the new law, but because of the lopsided victory(82-48) Governor Richard Erlich's veto would be meaningless.

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