WAL-MART is a force in the retail world. Groceries, clothing, housewares, tools, and toys: they've made billions with low prices, streamlined distribution, and easily-replicated stores. Now, for the first time, the company is looking to expand its reach into big cities, and it's got its sights set on Boston. WAL-MART faces a tough foe in Mayor Thomas Menino. The pro-union mayor worries that WAL-MART will undercut local business while failing to offer competitive wages, health care, and retirement benefits to potential employees. But WAL-MART boosters say it's time to create jobs and give Boston residents affordable goods and groceries.
We're joined by Charles Fishman, author of "The WAL-MART Effect
," Russ Davis, director of Massachusetts Jobs With Justice
, and Alderman Howard Brookins
, city councilor from Ward 21 in Chicago, who was a vocal proponent of opening new Wal-Mart stores in his district.