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6/02/2005

Groups protest Wal-Mart Stockholder meeting

Source: New York Times/AP

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has customarily used its annual meeting as an opportunity to talk about its power as a retailer and its global reach.

Now, Wal-Mart's critics are using Friday's shareholders' gathering in northwest Arkansas as a stage for airing their complaints about the company's health benefits, wages and other aspects of how the world's largest retailer does business.

The group Wake-Up Wal-Mart, backed by the United Food and Commercial Workers Union, staged events Wednesday to call for states to adopt legislation that would require Wal-Mart to provide employees affordable health care. (MORE >>>)

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