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Crain’s Chicago Business reports that “hundreds of Wal-Mart supporters rallied Wednesday morning across the street from City Hall as members of a City Council committee tossed around a controversial plan that would pave the way for the retailer’s second outpost in the city. The City Council Finance Committee is expected to consider an amendment, introduced by Alderman Howard Brookins Jr. (21st) in April, that would alter a development proposal to allow Wal-Mart Stores Inc. to build a store at 83rd Street and Stewart Avenue.”

Meanwhile, the Chicago Tribune reports that the City Council committee considering the plan for a South Side Walmart has effectively delayed any decision by kicking it over to the Finance Committee…where there are no plans as yet to hold a hearing on the matter. Brookins said that that the delay would only cost the city needed jobs, and decried the procedural move.

Walmart only has one store open in the city, opened in 2006; it has long been fighting to open a second store, but is opposed by organized labor interests that are so influential in the Windy City.

Dow Jones reports that Walmart Canada is suing the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) over the union’s use of trademarked company logos and slogans on its website, where the UFCW is trying to organize some of the retailer’s employees.
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