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On WKNR AM850 tonight 7-8

Tuesday, July 26th, 2005

No Cleveland Walmart will be on for the hour. Tune in.

History Repeating

Friday, June 24th, 2005

The Kelo decision really got me thinking….see here.

Walmart Speaks!! Doesn’t Say Nigger This Time

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2005

In a letter to the editor in today’s PD, Walmart district manager Keri Brown utters Walmart’s first words in defense of itself on the Steelyard Commons development, attacking Cleveland AFL-CIO president John Ryan. Ms. Brown employs typicalPR pap… If he had looked closer to home, Ryan would have found that Wal-Mart associates in Ohio are […]

Labor Solidarity? Don’t Ask the Building Trades

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2005

After getting thrown out of Jane Campbell’s gala opening at the Galleria yesterday for wearing my blue Walmart smock, I was standing outside with my other smock wearers, when out walked John Kilbane, Business Manager for Building Trades Local 310. Kilbane walked across the street to where we were standing and gave us his strategy […]

Experience Campbell’s Vision of Dead Retail for Cleveland at her HQ Opening June 21

Thursday, June 16th, 2005

Want to experience Jane Campbell’s vision for the future of Cleveland retail? Just go to her campaign HQ opening on Tuesday! Tuesday, June 21, 5.30 p.m. Galleria at Erieview, 1301 9th St. Suite B1 252 (First floor near escalator) RSVP 216-321-8400 or email That’s right. The Galleria. Where cobwebs, crickets, and tumbleweed mingle with […]

Follow The Money

Friday, June 10th, 2005

Why would Jonathan Adler, Case Law Professor, want to poo-poo on local Clevelanders who are opposing Walmart at Steelyard Commons? Follow the money.

Jane Campbell Speaks – Call the AFL-CIO, She Wants to Organize Walmart

Wednesday, June 8th, 2005

Great turnout of the NoClevelandWalmart gang at Jane Campbell’s ice cream social on Wednesday. When she spoke, I finally heard Jane actually address the issue of Walmart at Steelyard Commons. Here’s what she said…and my response. Jane said that Walmart is already in the Cleveland area. True. So why does Cleveland need to put another […]

Frank Jackson – Time To Take A Stand On Walmart

Tuesday, June 7th, 2005

The Cleveland Mayoral Race blog, which is a huge fan of Frank Jackson, is literally begging Jackson to take a stand on Walmart. Frank G. Jackson, please show us what you got. Cleveland is anxiously waiting to hear from you. Please don’t let us down. So what’s it gonna be, Frank?

AFL-CIO Ups The Ante

Monday, June 6th, 2005

In an op-ed in today’s PD, John Ryan sees Walmart’s bet…and raises. We promise this to Cleveland, to Wal-Mart and to the city’s grocery workers: There will either be no Wal-Mart Supercenter at Steelyard Commons, or the labor community in Cleveland will devote whatever resources necessary to make it the first unionized Wal-Mart in American […]

Take Back America Agenda

Wednesday, June 1st, 2005

Link here. Two Walmart plenary sessions…one Thursday, one Friday.

Walmart Is A Big, Fat, Juicy Softball for Frank Jackson – PD Afraid to use the word “Walmart”

Tuesday, May 31st, 2005

Brent Larkin tees it up nicely for Frank Jackson in today’s PD. He cites Steelyard Commons as (a) Mayor Campbell’s best piece of good news, and (b) Frank Jackson’s most inept moment as council president, in fact, the most inept moment he’s ever seen in City Council history (Jesus, Brentano…where the hell were you during […]

AFL-CIO’s John Ryan Gearing Up

Monday, May 30th, 2005

John Ryan, Executive Secretary of the Cleveland AFL-CIO, posted this at… You are right, it is not over. It’s not about one Wal-Mart superstore. It is nothing personal to the developer or even the Mayor. It’s about fighting to keep middle class jobs in a great but most impovished city in the nation. Anyone […]

Fairtrade Product Demand Booming in UK – Walmart Cashing In

Saturday, May 28th, 2005

Jane Campbell and the “low price” worshipping crowd that defend Walmart assert that consumers ALWAYS prefer to pay a lower price over other concerns, like fair trade practices. It is, of course, a lie. In the UK, fair trade practice labelling is creating a soaring demand for products that have been made following fair trade […]

Walmart OK With Unions – In The UK

Friday, May 27th, 2005

I just came back from six weeks in the UK (working for Tony Blair’s campaign…no cheap shots, please), where low price retail is booming. Guess what. Almost every job in UK big retail is a union job. And guess what else…Walmart deals with a recognized union bargaining unit at its subsidiary, Asda. At Tesco, the […]

NEXT MEETING – Wed., June 1, 6.30 pm, Luckys In Tremont

Friday, May 27th, 2005

Our second meeting will be Wednesday, June 1, at Lucky’s in Tremont, 777 Starkweather Rd. NOTE – we’ve moved the time up to 6.30, rather than 7, because Lucky’s closes at 8. The pre-meeting for team coordinators will be at Lucky’s at 5.30. Bring a friend. Lucky’s has a great wifi connection, free, […]