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Andrew Cuomo’s Walmart Runs Are Annoying the Union


Like anyone who’s recently moved, Governor Cuomo has been doing a lot of shopping (for the Executive Mansion, in his case), spending “about $300 in recent months” reports the Daily News. State workers have been sent to Albany-area Walmarts for supplies for Cuomo’s official abode. This is to keep spending down, because, as a matter of fact, Walmart does seem to have some fairly good deals. However, union leaders are not happy, given Walmart’s apparent, rather notorious, stance against unions. “We think it would be a better use of taxpayers’ money to shop at stores that are not causing so much harm to working people,” said Stuart Appelbaum, president of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (and a supporter of Cuomo).

But where else should Cuomo shop? His staffers have also gone to Target, Hannaford’s supermarkets and Christmas Tree Shops. Christmas Tree Shops? Now, that makes us mad.

In other Walmart news, even Prince Harry shops there, having been sighted in a California store with a cart loaded with Coke, pizza, bananas, and beer. Governors and princes are just like us, except…we don’t shop at Walmart — not yet, anyway. Target, yes, but only when we really can’t help it.

Union leaders hit Gov. Cuomo hard on his Walmart shopping trips [NYDN]

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