We are deeply concerned about the bomb threat at the Ithaca Wal-Mart that occurred this past Wednesday, May 25th.
We condemn the use of threats or violence against any business or institution. It is morally reprehensible to bring fear and violence to the workplace. Workers deserve a decent paycheck, benefits and dignity AND safety at work.
The Tompkins County Living Wage Coalition works to win a living wage for workers at Wal-Mart and other local stores. Now representing 47 community, labor and religious organizations, our coalition has been working in Tompkins County since 1997 for better wages for working families. We are proud of our achievements over the years of helping to win living wages for workers, through community education and organizing, among Cornell workers, teacher aides and assistants, grocery store workers, City employees and others.
We welcome Wal-Mart’s low prices and wide selection because it benefits working people. Yet Wal-Mart’s low wages threaten the well-being of our community. We believe a living wage IS compatible with affordable prices, and we will continue to campaign for a living wage for all workers, including employees of Wal-Mart.
For more information on the Wal-Mart Living Wage Campaign go to www.tclivingwage.org or contact us at 269-0409.
Carl Feuer and the Steeing Committee of the TC Living Wage Coalition