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United Food And Commercial Workers Union Announces Wal-Mart Withdraws Application For ILC


WASHINGTON, DC -- The United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW) is pleased that Wal-Mart has withdrawn its application for an ILC and hopes that federal and state lawmakers will now pass legislation that will prevent retailers like Wal-Mart from entering the banking business and jeopardizing the nationís economy.

Last month, the FDIC extended the moratorium on ILCs, giving Congress another year to consider whether to prohibit companies from acquiring their own banks. There is broad-based opposition to Wal-Martís plans, and an unprecedented number of people have registered comments with the FDIC. Just yesterday, the New York Times reported on new evidence that suggested Wal-Martís ambitions in banking may extend beyond what the company publicly admits.

ďThis is a big victory for consumers, communities, and working people,Ē said UFCW International Vice President and Director of the UFCW Legislative and Political Action Department, Michael J. Wilson. "Itís not everyday that Wal-Mart says íUncle.í I think that they saw the controversy growing and felt tide turning against them and made the right decision to withdraw their application. But we canít let up the pressure. We still need Congress to close the loophole by enacting H.R. 698, the Gillmor-Frank legislation. When it comes to Wal-Mart, only the law can really protect us.

ďLocal community banks and other financial institutions are critical to economic vitality and diversity. In recent years, Wal-Mart has destroyed local businesses and dismantled local economies. If Wal-Martís bid for a bank had been successful, the companyís economic control in these communities would have been almost complete.Ē

The UFCW is part of the Sound Banking Coalition which has fought Wal-Martís industrial loan company (ILC) application because of its interference with the historical and necessary separation between banking and commerce. A Wal-Mart-owned bank would have put a dangerous concentration of capital in the hands of one single company.

The Sound Banking Coalition is made up of the Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA), the National Grocers Association (NGA), the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS), and the UFCW.


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