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After a partial victory in California, Wal-Mart is continuing to push for a Chicago store, over the strong objections of union leaders, who have been mobilizing community support against what they see as the destructive impact of the stores. As a result, Wal-Mart is in discussions with union leaders about a proposed corporate responsibility contract. Union spokesmen are hopeful that, should Wal-Mart honor a contract promising decent wages and affordable health care, this may prompt the company to bring the benefits to other stores and cut back on its competitive practices that end up harming its workers.

 
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