Thursday, October 12, 2006

More on Ron Galloway's Resignation From WFFW

A statement by Chris Kofinis of is reproduced below.

"As reported today in the Los Angeles Times, Ron Galloway, one of Wal-Mart's chief spokespeople, has resigned over concerns about Wal-Mart’s first-ever salary cap which has caused a tremendous amount of pain and suffering for all of Wal-Mart’s 1.39 million hard-working employees.

The fact that Wal-Mart ignored Mr. Galloway’s concerns, despite his high-profile role in defending the company, speaks volumes as to how disingenuous Wal-Mart’s entire public relations operation has become. As Mr. Galloway learned, Wal-Mart is not interested in improving its business practices, instead, Wal-Mart wants to try and fool the American people with a Karl Rove-style public relations campaign riddled with misleading statements and corporate double speak.

We hope other Wal-Mart defenders will begin to understand the negative impact Wal-Mart's business practices can have on their own credibility and reputation and will stop allowing Wal-Mart to use themselves in defense of a company that mistreats its employees, fails to provide company health care to over half of its employees, ships American jobs overseas and negatively impacts our communities.

Once again, we renew our call for Wal-Mart to stop playing games with the American people, save the millions of dollars it spends on overpaid right-wing, Edelman PR hacks, and embrace the fact that real substantive change is the best way for Wal-Mart to address its collapsing public image.”

My emphasis added.


Anonymous said...

Does anyone think Wal-Mart will ACTUALLY STOP playing games with the American public? It doesn't appear they are interested in doing so. Tell me, when are Wal-Mart supporters going to wake up and see what this COMPANY IS REALLY LIKE? Wal-Mart likes to portray themselves as a homey family type of business, interested in their customers. Unfortunately, that's only a FAIRY TALE.
The big question I have for them is: "When are they FINALLY going to start doing the right thing?" If they had been doing the right thing by their employees, suppliers, and customers all along, THEY WOULDN'T HAVE TO SPEND LOADS OF MONEY ON IMAGE ADVERTISING. Wal-Mart supporters need to wake up and smell the coffee. Wal-Mart's coffee got bitter and sour a long time ago!

Someone in USA said...

Bitter and sour, huh? Nope. The coffee tastes fine to me.

What exactly is wrong with pay ranges? What is illegal about offering health insurance for $11/month and starting workers at an average of $7.25/hr. That sounds a lot better than no benefits and $5.15. I think it's the spin doctors at Wake Up Wal-Mart who need to "wake up and smell the coffee."

Anonymous said...

Wal-Mart doesn't offer health coverage at $11.00 a month without there being some "catch" to it. I heard that their deductable has gone up to $1,000 a year. If that is true, then there's the "catch." How many times would you have to get sick in a year before your insurance "kicked in?"

Wal-Mart's coffee is NOT BITTER? Then how come in a survey of 1,000 adult Americans released by Rasmussen Reports of Asbury Park, New Jersey,it shows that 29% of Americans have an UNFAVORABLE VIEW OF WAL-MART? Given the fact that Wal-Mart is a retailer, and not a politician, a 29% NEGATIVE rating is remarkably high.
Wal-Mart's coffee is not sour? Then how come in 2004, police received 148,331 calls for service for 551 Wal-Mart's analyzed? For just the 551 stores sampled, there were 2,909 reported police calls for violent or serious crimes. These included 4 homicides, 9 rapes or rape attempts, 23 kidnappings or attempts, 154 sex crimes, 550 robberies or attempts, and 1,024 auto thefts. It is estimated that police responded to nearly 1 million police incidents at Wal-Mart COSTING TAXPAYERS $77 MILLION ANNUALLY. Wal-Mart could reduce the crime in their parking lots to almost nothing if THEY HIRED A SECURITY GUARD TO PATROL THEIR PARKING LOTS. They did that and crime in their parking lots went down to almost nothing. But Wal-Mart is TOO CHEAP to do that. Wal-Mart's coffee is not bitter and sour? Think again!