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December 02, 1998

In Arkansas, thousands of supermarket and retail workers, religious leaders and community activists are expected to descend on the city of Bentonville, corporate headquarters of the retail mega-giant Wal-Mart. The marchers, led by AFL-CIO leader John Sweeney, will protest the expansion of Wal-Mart into the supermarket industry — a move that they say is a direct threat to jobs, wages and health benefits of supermarket employees. The protest at Wal-Mart is expected to be one of the largest demonstrations against the company in its history. With sales of more than $119 billion a year, Wal-Mart is bigger than the world’s three next-largest retailers combined. In fact, Wal-Mart has a larger economy than over 100 of the world’s nations.


  • John Sweeney, President of the AFL-CIO.
  • Doug Dority, President of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union.
  • Bob Ortega, an award-winning investigative reporter who covered Wal-Mart for The Wall Street Journal for five years. He is the author of In Sam We Trust: The Untold Story of Sam Walton and How Wal-Mart is Devouring America.