Wal-Mart Expansion into Cities Strikes Fear in Workers

march 23, 2004  10:34 am
Having already conquered the nation's suburbs and small towns, the powerful retailer has its eye on the final frontier: urban centers. Paul Demko of City Pages examines the record of the top Fortune 500 company, which plans to take over a former K mart location in St. Paul, Minn. Known for animosity toward unions, Wal-Mart has been sued for overtime abuses and sexual discrimination. Union workers believe the discount store's dominance is influencing grocery chains across the country to demand wage and health insurance concessions.