"Shockwaves" from the AFL-CIO
It was billed as an announcement "sure to send shockwaves up and down the political spectrum."
Whether the AFL-CIO accomplished that this morning is open to debate. But the union had a definitive message for members of the Maryland General Assembly still pondering how to vote on a bill that would force Wal-Mart to spend more on employee health benefits.
"The failure to stand with us means we will not be standing with you in the elections of 2006," Fred D. Mason Jr., president of the AFL-CIO's chapter operating in Maryland and the District, said at a news conference in Annapolis called to rally support for the legislation.
At issue this week is a vote to override Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s veto of the legislation last spring. The bill would force companies with more than 10,000 employees to spend at least 8 percent of payroll on employee health benefits or make a contribution to the state health program for the poor. As written, Wal-Mart is the only known company that would be affected.
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