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UFCW Int’l President Joe Hansen calls for resignation of Wal-Mart CEO and Board Chair

April 26, 2012 at 6:42pm

UFCW International President Joe Hansen is calling for the resignation of Wal-Mart’s CEO Mike Duke and Board Chair Rob Walton after a media investigation revealed corruption and an internal cover up.
President Hansen issued a statement demanding accountability for Wal-Mart associates, shareholders, customers, and communities. The statement reads as follows:

“The corruption scandal and reported cover-up exposed an unacceptable failure of leadership within Walmart. Walmart Chairman Rob Walton and CEO Mike Duke must resign immediately in an effort to restore integrity and accountability for Walmart associates, shareholders, customers, and communities.

“The New York Times exposed a widespread pattern of Walmart executives bribing government officials to secure permits to build stores in Mexico, followed by a cover-up led by corporate leaders including Duke and Walton. The article raises serious questions about whether Walmart has used the same tactics for its expansion in the United States and across the globe.

“For decades, Walmart has pursued a growth-at-any-cost strategy in cities and towns across the United States and globally. In the U.S., we have watched Walmart secure the building permits, variances, and zoning changes to open its stores, in spite of concerted community opposition.

“The public deserves a wholly independent and thorough investigation of Walmart’s practices. Communities across the globe should take heed of Walmart’s reported unlawful and unethical practices in Mexico, as the company works at a rapid pace to in expand its retail stores in South Africa, India, and China, to name a few, in addition to its global supply chain operations.”
You can even sign an online petition to end the corruption. Visit www.ufcw.org for more information.