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Wal-Mart Death: Don’t Mourn, Organize


The horrible death of Wal-mart employee Jdimytai Damour at the Green Acres mall in Valley Stream on Black Friday has occasioned all kinds of hand-wringing and teeth-gnashing about consumer greed, but the real blame may lie less in the behavior of a whipped-up crowd than the notoriously worker-unfriendly company that did the whipping.

As Bruce Both, President of United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 1500 rightly asks, “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?”

Read the union’s full statement here. Queens Councilmember James Gennaro gets the message; he’s introducing a “Doorbuster Bill” to make Wal-Mart and other local retailers take precautions against this kind of nonsense in the future.

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