Seems like a no-brainer considering that the two candidates for mayor are in search of labor support and the local unions aren't exactly on great terms with the retail giant. Earlier this year, union groups called on all L.A. elected officials to give back Walmart money and reject future contributions. From Los Angeles County Federation of Labor press release:
"Walmart has its eye on Los Angeles and it is trying to expand rapidly in our city," said Maria Elena Durazo, executive secretary-treasurer of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor. "If Walmart has its way it will expand with disregard for our environment, our local character and businesses, and for living wages with benefits for its associates."
Labor groups have been especially active in trying to block a Walmart grocery store for Chinatown. You might recall a proposal before the City Council that would have temporarily banned large chain stores from operating in the area. But Walmart received the necessary permits the day before the scheduled vote. From the LAT:
The city is currently reviewing a complaint about the building permits filed by the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance. In the meantime, activists are organizing a weekend of actions, including a march Saturday that organizers say will be the biggest anti-Wal-Mart protest in U.S. history.