UFCW Local 1500 Responds To Death of Wal-Mart Worker

The Local Union has issued a press release in response to the death of a Long-Island Wal-Mart worker.  They are demanding Federal Safety Agency and Nassau County Prosecutor investigate this incident.

United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 1500, New York State’s largest grocery workers Union, has called for an immediate investigation by Federal, State and Local authorities into the “avoidable” death of a Wal-mart worker at the Valley Stream, Long Island Wal-mart. Specifically, the Union has called on the Federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the New York State Department of Labor and the Nassau County Prosecutor to investigate Wal-mart’s failure to provide a safe workplace.

“This incident was avoidable,” said Bruce Both, President of United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 1500. “Where were the safety barriers? Where was security? How did store management not see dangerous numbers of customers barreling down on the store in such an unsafe manner?” asked President Both. “This is not just tragic; it rises to a level of blatant irresponsibility by Wal-mart. UFCW Local 1500 will demand a full investigation by all levels of Government to ensure both justice for the surviving family members and to ensure the safety of current employees and the general public. This can never be allowed to happen again and those responsible must be held accountable,” Both concluded.

Director of Special Projects for Local 1500 Patrick Purcell called Wal-mart’s comments in response to the incident both “cold and heartless.” “If the safety of their customers and workers was a top priority, then this never would have happened,” Purcell stated. “Wal-mart must step up to the plate and ensure that all those injured, as well as the family of the deceased, be financially compensated for their injuries and their losses. Their words are weak. The community demands action,” Purcell concluded.

Purcell also suggested that people review other incidents of Wal-mart not providing a safe work and shopping experience.  Link.  They did a study and here are some of their findings:

Among the critical findings of the “Is Wal-Mart Safe?” study:

1.  Wal-Mart stores experience a significant number of police incidents. In 2004, police received 148, 331 calls for service for the 551 Wal-Mart stores analyzed;

2.  The average number of reported incidents per store for the 551 stores analyzed was 269;

3.  The Wal-Mart stores in our sample that reported the most incidents in 2004 experienced higher average rates of reported police incidents than nearby Target stores;

4.  Based on the average rate of reported incidents for the 551 Wal-Mart stores analyzed in this study, we estimate that in 2004 police may have received almost 1 million calls for service at Wal-Mart stores or parking lots – or 2 reported police incidents per minute in 2004;

5.  Nationally, Wal-Mart stores cost local taxpayers an estimated $77 million in increased policing costs in 2004;

6.  Wal-Mart could implement roving security patrols at all stores nationwide at an estimated cost of 4 cents per monthly customer visit.

5 thoughts on “UFCW Local 1500 Responds To Death of Wal-Mart Worker

  1. This is reprehensible. Wal-mart wants all the benefits without paying the cost. Wal-mart tells local communities that they will put in a store as long as they get special tax breaks and as long as they don’t have to follow local building codes and site development codes. Yet they cost the taxpayers money. A local Wal-mart had a shooting incident about 2 years ago where the shooter came into the store and shot his estranged wife in the employee break room. Wal-mart is NOT a safe place to shop.

  2. They are the ones that need to be prosecuted. They create the atmosphere themselves. Any other venue where there is rioting or stampeding (concert venue) and the venue is responsible. They create, every Black Friday, an atmosphere for rioting. They lower prices on much wanted items to prices “the masses” can actually afford for once, then they only make available 5 of those items and at a selected time only. This is reprehensible. Most of the time, they have more in stock in the back, they are not “out of stock”, they just hold the rest for the times when the price goes back up. Years ago when I shopped there, I was stupid enough to be there to witness such a thing. I talked to an employee about it. They have the merchandise, but it won’t be put out until the price goes back up. Walmart and Walmart only are responsible for this person’s death. Like most things controlled by the corporation, though, they will target the wrong thing for a scapecoat and nothing will be solved.

  3. I could barely breathe when I heard this on the news this morning. I thought I was in the Twilight Zone when they first mentioned it, and then with little, if any, expression of horror or disbelief, the newscasters zoomed right into the details of the sales! Capitalizing on it, talking about the percentages off, and one news guy saying (with Walmart/shoppers in the background) something like, “and the DANGER is not getting the brand you want” … ??? What the hell?? A HUMAN BEING was TRAMPLED TO DEATH for a FEW BUCKS off of a MACHINE OR TOY OR SOMETHING, and this newsperson is talking about percentages off and f*cking brands??

    Unbelievable. Too much crazy to wrap my brain around.

    But yeah, it is the excesses of our lives that are our undoing, and Walmart is a glaringly hideous “symbol” of such. It is a “Goliath” among many that will someday crumble per its “David.” That’s a given. Many are falling now, but they will all fall…or we will.


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