Friday, July 17, 2009

Chicago Needs Jobs. Wal-Mart Wants to Provide Hundreds of Jobs. So What's The Problem?

Chicago needs new jobs. Wal-Mart wants to provide jobs to Chicago. Alderman Howard Brookins wants Wal-Mart in his 21st Ward. Yet the company and the alderman face huge resistance from the City Council to a proposal for a Wal-Mart Supercenter on the South Side, at 83rd Street and Stewart Avenue just west of the Dan Ryan.

What's there now? A vacant lot. A vacant lot where no one is working. The construction of that store on that vacant site would put hundreds of Chicagoans to work. Once the store was opened, at least 500 people would get jobs.

What's the holdup? For Chicago politicians, Wal-Mart jobs are the wrong kind of jobs. They're not union jobs.

~From today's
Chicago Tribune editorial

3 Comments:

At 7/17/2009 10:08 AM, Blogger Angela said...

With Obama in office, jobs are for suckers.

They went through this a couple of years ago. They decided to impose a surtax on "big box" businesses in the city, so Wal Mart built its store on the south side of the street that marked the divider.

Not only would the jobs help the economy, Cook County has the highest sales tax in the nation. In the 'burbs, people tend to cross the county line to avoid it, but the urban dwellers typically don't want to drive that far.

 
At 7/17/2009 11:07 AM, Blogger Patrick said...

This is just classic, and childish. Whine about something, but reject the solution that is offered because it's not what you wanted. I wonder if the city council members have ever heard the saying "beggars can't be choosers". This is similar to the situation in California, but instead of coming up with a free-market solution via pro-business policies what do they propose? Close state parks and tax marijuana. Once again...classic.

 
At 7/23/2009 5:39 PM, Anonymous List of walmart employee salaries said...

The problem is that a job at walmart is really not a job at all. It's a death sentence.

 

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