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Bernie Sanders: Walmart family’s ‘obscene’ wealth subsidized by taxpayers

Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) appeared on MSNBC’s “The Ed Show” on Saturday and scoffed at the idea that major corporations like Walmart can’t afford to pay their workers a living wage and that to raise the U.S. minimum wage would be bad for the economy. Sanders said that the overwhelming…

Four victims and gunman wounded in shootings near North Carolina Walmart

A gunman was shot and taken into custody after wounding at least four people in and around a North Carolina Walmart on Friday. WNCT reported that Greenville Police Chief Hassan Aden announced at around 1:15 p.m. that police had exchanged gunfire with the shooter before taking him into custody. Earlier…

Walmart bought clothing from banned Bangladesh factories

By Michael Grabell ProPublica, June 12, 2013, 3:05 p.m. Since the Rana Plaza building collapse killed more than 1,100 people in April, retailers have faced mounting pressure to improve safety at Bangladesh garment factories and to sever ties with manufacturers that don’t measure up. The world’s largest retailer, Walmart, last…

Walmart workers speak out at annual meeting: ‘I cannot survive like this’

Walmart, the world’s biggest retailer, holds its annual meeting in Bentonville, Arkansas, on Friday. The giant event attracts workers and shareholders from around the world and is usually a celebration of the company’s unique corporate culture. About 14,000 people are expected at the Bud Walton arena to hear the company’s…

Police: Man on meth crashes car into Walmart then randomly attacks bystanders

A man who crashed his car into a San Jose Walmart Sunday morning and began randomly beating people with a metal club was likely under the influence of methamphetamine, police said. The incident occurred just after 11 a.m., as a man who has not yet been named crashed his red…

Watch live: Obama nominates Walmart foundation head to lead Office of Management and Budget

President Barack Obama announces his intent to nominate Walmart foundation head Sylvia Mathews Burwell as the Director of the Office of Management and Budget. Watch live, broadcast on March 4 via NBC News. Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy…

Walmart backs anti-environmental lawmakers while pushing ‘sustainable’ image

Although Walmart has heavily promoted its sustainability initiatives, the company has given millions to lawmakers who oppose stricter environmental regulations. “Walmart talks big about sustainability, but doesn’t put its campaign money anywhere near where its mouth is,” states a report (PDF) by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance. “Whatever the company…

Cop allegedly pulled gun on pregnant woman over too many grocery items

Police in Kendall County, Illinois said Friday that they were investigating whether an off-duty officer drew his firearm and pointed it at a pregnant woman because she had more items than Walmart recommends for self-checkout lanes. Nicole Thurmond and husband Jason were reportedly checking out recently at a Walmart store…

Pension fund divests from Walmart for violating global labor standards

The largest pension fund in the Netherlands has divested itself of all shares in Walmart as a result of the company’s anti-union position and poor labor standards. According to the Huffington Post, Algemeen Burgerlijk Pensioenfonds declared earlier this week that it was blacklisting Walmart for its non-compliance with the United…

Walmart pulls formula from shelves after baby dies

CHICAGO — Walmart has pulled infant formula from the shelves of its 3,000 stores after two babies in Missouri got sick and one of them died, the retailer said Thursday. Health officials have not yet determined whether the bacterial infection which sickened the newborns was linked to the powdered formula,…

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