Wal-Mart Alliance for Reform Now
Wal-Mart Alliance for Reform Now (WARN) is a union and coalition of individuals, community organizations, labor unions, neighborhood associations, immigrant alliances, civil rights groups, women’s organizations, environmental groups, and consumer groups to combat corporate Wal-Mart.
It is partnered with the Wal-Mart Workers Association (WWA) for building a national organization that has the power to affect change in the business practices of Wal-Mart and its affiliated businesses. Its base is in Tampa and Orlando, but is expanding across the country.
The following are WARN coalition partners:
WARN Chief Organizer sites:
- WadeRathke.net -- [http://www.waderathke.net/fileadmin/WadeRathke.net/UNLF_56443.pdf Leveraging Labor's Revival
- Chief Organizer Blog -- Wal-Mart Blogging
Other Wal-Mart related sites:
- Wal-mart Watch
- Wakeup Wal-Mart
- The New Rules Project
- PBS Frontline - Is Wal-Mart Good For America?
- Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Cost, documentary
- Quarantine Wal-Mart
- Wal-Mart Workers Rights
- Against the Wal
St. Petersburg WARN
St Petersburg WARN includes: the Sun Coast Sierra Club, St. Petersburg ACORN, the West Central Florida Central Labor Council (AFL-CIO), and the Concerned Citizens of Gandy Boulevard. These partners joined in the Spring of 2005, to stop Wal-Mart’s plans to build a Super Center in a protected wetlands area in North East St. Petersburg.
Initial participants of the Orlando WARN organizing committee include the Central Florida Central Labor Council, UFCW Local 1362, HERE Unite Local 362, SEIU Local 8, Teamster Local 385, The United Farm Workers Association of Central Florida, Orlando ACORN, Clean Water Action, the A Phillip Randolph Institute and the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists.
Merced WARN is a project working with the Merced Alliance for Responsible Growth (MARG) to halt a proposed Wal-Mart distribution center in Merced, California. The group includes the Central Valley Hopefuls, the Community Alliance with Family Farmers North San Joaquin Valley, Green Party of Merced County, Merced Associated Democrats, Merced Chapter of the Sierra Club, Merced County Citizens Against the Raceway, the Merced-Mariposa Labor Council, and the Train Riders Association of California, Merced Group. These partners oppose the Wal-Mart distribution center in part because it would add thousands of diesel truck trips to the area, adding more emissions to some of the worst polluted air in the country, endangering the health and lives of the entire area's population.