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UUA and the NYC Comptroller's Office

In early 2002, the office for New York City Employees' Pension Funds contacted the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), asking for our assistance in shareholder activism. They wished to file resolutions with several of the companies with whom they have holdings: Stride Rite, NCR, Raytheon, Federated Department Stores, Home Depot, Lowe's, and Walmart.

However, the city of New York would not have found it easy to send representatives to the annual meetings in locations as disparate as Dayton and Cincinnati, Charlotte, Fayetteville, Atlanta, and Boston. The UUA, with its congregations in cities across the country, was in a much better position to represent New York City at the annual meetings. The UUA contacted the ministers of congregations in each of these areas, and these representatives of Unitarian Universalist values agreed to represent the New York City Comptroller's Office at the meetings of the several companies.

Walmart was addressed by the Rev. Rhett Baird of the UU Fellowship of Fayetteville, AR.

Stride Rite and Raytheon were addressed by Jerry Gabert, Treasurer of the UUA.

Home Depot was addressed by the Rev. Don Southworth in Atlanta, GA.

Unfortunately, not all particpants were able to provide us with information about their experiences, but we offer here their names and the corporations whose meetings they addressed.

NCR Corporation was addressed by the Rev. Richard Venus of the Miami Valley UU Fellowship, in Dayton, OH.

Federated Department Stores was addressed by the Rev. Barbara Child, then of St. John's Unitarian Church in Cincinnati, OH.

Lowe's was addressed by the Rev. Wyman Rouseau of Piedmont UU Church in Charlotte, NC.

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