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On WalMart's Opening Day, Residents Announce Intention to File "Eureka Fair Wage Initiativ
by Occupy Eureka (occupyeureka [at]
Wednesday Jun 13th, 2012 1:26 PM
WalMart, the City of Eureka, and nefarious moneyed entities colluded for the corporate monster, WalMart, to sneak into Eureka, California, against the peoples' wishes. June 13, 2012 is WalMart's opening day. Occupy Eureka, working with several other groups, announced its intention to file the "Eureka Fair Wage Initiative," pushing wages up to $12 an hour. WalMart will have to do better by its workers, or leave!
Members of Occupy Eureka and Peoples' Action for Rights and Community, along with other concerned residents, are announcing today their intention to file the Eureka Fair Wage Initiative.

"WalMart has come to our community, against the will of the voters, to drive down wages and benefits for working people," says Veteran for Peace, Don Swall.  With this initiative the voters will have a chance to say "NO."  NO to outside corporations putting downward pressure on local wages. NO to the closing of locally owned businesses. NO to the blight that WalMart and other Big Box retailers bring to small towns across America.
The Eureka Fair Wage Initiative will require employers to pay a minimum of $12 an hour to all of their workers, with an exception for smaller businesses. The initiative is a simple, straightforward proposal to keep stingy companies from killing jobs in the community that pay a decent wage. It will keep more of those dollars here in Eureka California, rather then flying our money to Bentonville Arkansas.
Eureka residents said "NO" to WalMart at the ballot box before, but through secretive deals and backroom negotiations the City government and WalMart have undermined the will of the people. This leaves working class people no choice but to take matters out of the hands of politicians, more concerned with personal enrichment then the enrichment of the community, and take to the initiative process.  The Initiative planning group invites persons interested in signature gathering or making other types of contributions to call (707) 442-7465.

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by Ali
Friday Jun 15th, 2012 10:07 AM
by Anthony Paul
Wednesday Nov 5th, 2014 6:23 PM
Here we are, 2 years after WalMart opened at Bayshore Mall, and Eureka did not fall into the dismal abyss, as so many people feared.

First, WalMart has brought the City of Eureka over 150 jobs, paying, on average, $8.65/hr; that is above the average hourly wage earned by other part-time employers throughout the city.

Second, the City of Eureka has pocketed their portion of the sales tax, without a single complaint that it was "blood money".

Third, and most importantly, not a single small business, within the city limits, has closed due to the arrival of WalMart. In fact, businesses around the Bayshore Mall area have benefited from the increased traffic, and the transit system counts additional riders and revenue (attributed to WalMart boosting mall-bound riders).

So much for the "doom and gloom" from the WalMart haters!

P.S. I am retired government service, not a WalMart employee, nor related to WalMart in any manner, other than an occasional shopper.