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January 11, 2011
Walmart/New York Should Talk
We know what kind of relational climate is usually created when parties talk past each other rather than together, but in New York City we have Walmart launching a huge multi-media campaign while declining to testify before City Council, which is likely to pillory the big box retailer. With the rate at which New York has been losing jobs, you'd think communication would serve both sides well.

Walmart doesn't yet have any stores in New York. It makes it sound as though City Council is against creating new retailing jobs. Council makes Walmart out to be a gulag. Couldn't there be a win-win situation here if real communication were to occur?

On the same Crain's page where the Walmart vs. City Council story appears is a "NYC Job Loss Meter" showing 120,885 jobs lost in New York City since its employment peak in August, 2008. And Walmart and City Council can't be conciliatory? 

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Doug Bedell has a background in journalism and PR and is the owner of Resource Relations LLC in Central PA, focusing on organizational and crisis communication. He’s the community manager of SimplyFair.net, a social network on fairness. On the Web, Doug’s at www.ResourceRelations.com. On Twitter, he’s @DougBeetle.
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