A Star-Ledger editorial from Friday, May 31, 2013, featured a remarkable grassroots victory that came as a result of the Working Families United for New Jersey, Inc. “Walmart Free Newark” campaign. Please CLICK HERE for a copy of the Star-Ledger editorial.
Walmart was attempting to build a store in Newark, but given the company’s abysmal record on workers’ rights, substandard pay, and lack of benefits, Working Families United for New Jersey, Inc. stepped in to conduct a community-wide education and mobilization campaign in opposition to Walmart. Not only were Walmart’s plans rejected, but an agreement was ultimately reached to build a ShopRite, providing family sustaining jobs which uplift the community – the exact opposite of Walmart.
Our coalition united the efforts of small business, civil rights, labor, community, student, women, faith, and retiree groups. During the hard fought campaign, we rallied together on the steps of Newark City Hall and joined to testify before the City Council and Newark Planning Board on several occasions. Newark residents proved that when the community speaks out, we can make an incredible impact.
We are extremely proud that this victory was brought about by the Working Families United for New Jersey, Inc.’s “Walmart Free Newark” campaign. This campaign provided the opportunity to educate and unite the community behind a common cause and support the choice of a responsible business for Newark that respects workers and the community.