5 companies paying Americans the least

While companies such as Wal-Mart and McDonald's have seen profits grow in recent years, most of their workers continue to earn low or minimum wages.

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Nov 21, 2013 10:21PM
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Since these employers refuse to pay their front line employees a decent wage, we the taxpayer have to pick up the slack in the form of social assistance programs.  Given that reality, I suggest a tax be levied on such employers for the cost of social assistance to full time employees making less than a living wage.  $11.25 per hour is a minimum threshold for such a tax.  Basically make it so the corps have to pay the difference in taxes, or pay their workers.  Ramming it down their throats is the only thing the rich understand.  It will never happen though, they have bought and paid for our government. 


If the current unfair trend continues, the end game is widespread social unrest.

Nov 21, 2013 9:19PM
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Sweden just made a law that the ceo can only make 12 times the lowest paid employee.  here greed is making us a third world country,.regan was wrong,  trickle down does NOT work
Nov 21, 2013 8:50PM
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What you don't believe it, why not do some research, I did and the story is right on.  Once again, you shoot your mouth off before checking the facts.  The FACT is the AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE GETTING POORER, while the RICH GET RICHER.  I'm all for someone getting rich, but not at the expense of others.  These companies make billions, you can't tell me that can not afford to pay their workers a decent wage, benefits, oh that's right those poor CEO will not get millions in bonuses.
Nov 22, 2013 12:37AM
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CORPORATIONS DO NOT PAY TAXES --- ONLY THEIR CUSTOMERS

--- Think about it.

Nov 22, 2013 11:38AM
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Minimum Wage Frozen?  Freeze maximum pay.
Nov 21, 2013 9:39PM
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And I thought cutting their taxes would make them create more jobs..................
Nov 22, 2013 1:12AM
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Really! Just seen an Anti- Union Video put out by Target for their new-hires..... "We don't need a Union here because we are SO happy"

All of these Companies are Non-Union.... Look at the CEO's salaries of these companies and they are on average over 600x the average annual pay for their workers. Figure the top management pay is also very high ... Something is wrong here and it isn't Unions. Bet their health insurance and benefits are nil also.

Over a hundred years ago, when "Barons" were getting rich and their company workers were dying in the streets, there was a call for Unionization. I predict, soon, that will happen again. It will happen when all of you peons realize that Companies and Managements don't care about the workers. They care about the $Dollar$. It will happen when you peons realize that you are not only as valuable as your measly paychecks and you want more...... Life IS more than your job.

Seems to be a lesson not learned by you "Southerners" even to this day. Bet you guys are just lucky to have a job.... Screw everyone else........ TOOLS!  

Nov 21, 2013 10:59PM
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big business has pulled off one of the best coup ever demonized unions got union busters elected to the congress and now they have free rein to do what ever they want and exploit their worker whether they be legal americans  or illegal
Nov 21, 2013 8:54PM
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I'm so sick and tired of the right blaming everything on the Unions, if it were not for them, you could very well be working in a hell hole, but then again, I think that is where this country is going, down hill just so those rich corporations keep getting richer, while the rest of us barely scrape by.  The Unions had nothing to with this article and you know, you just can't face facts.
Nov 21, 2013 10:08PM
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This is a no win situation until they hire CEO's and Board of directors with some compassion for it's hard working employee's that are under paid. 

 

If people boycotted McDonalds and Wal-Mart etc. who will suffer first? It surely won't be the upper management. The under paid employee's may either loose hours, take more pay cuts or loose their jobs until business would turn around or improve.

 

The corporations need to realign their compensation packages. Does a CEO need 10M plus, upper management in the high 6 and 7 digits and mid level management 1-200k and more. I say share the wealth!      

Nov 22, 2013 6:48AM
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What do you know, the company that makes the most pays the least...whoda thunk it
Nov 21, 2013 11:53PM
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looks to me like if the companies would pay a decent living wage they would gain back the xtra wage paid in the fact that people would have more money to spend and everyone would benefit even the big companies
Nov 22, 2013 11:05AM
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I never liked unions.  I now see them as necessary.  I graduated college and have climbed to the middle management level.  I thank God every day that I graduated college and have 10 years at the management level.  I do not have to physically work any longer but remember when I was the 9.00 an hour guy on the floor 15 years ago.  I used to make 9.00 an hour doing the same work 15 years ago and my manager made the same money I make now.  Unions are necessary.  Profit margin and volume have increased and our little company is making more money than ever.  No raise or any improvement for them on the horizon. 
Nov 22, 2013 9:45AM
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If you were to divide  Wal Mart's 17 billion annual net income evenly among its 1.4 million employees, each one would receive 12,143.00 dollars, or about 1000.00 per month. that would nearly double the income of a lot of Walmart employees, and remove a lot of them from the welfare and food stamp programs.  
Nov 21, 2013 10:24PM
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And that group will really grow if illegals are given status. Just what the Chamber of commerce wants, more millions of underpaid peons.
Nov 30, 2013 8:36PM
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If you are working at one of these places for more than a year or two and haven't advanced to a higher position with more responsibility and more pay, then you obviously do not possess the basic skills necessary to become successful in the work force. 90% of the people in the work force today could do your job. The pay is so low because almost anybody can do it. It's really quite simple. If you want more money, make yourself more valuable to employers. Don't say you deserve more money for a task that is suppose to be a "stepping stone" to a real job.
Nov 21, 2013 9:33PM
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I've been involved in 2 unions.  The retail one had the part-time employees working most of the hours, paid $5 less a month in union dues, and the full-time employees reaped 95% of the benefits.  What benefits we got were based upon the average hours worked during the SLOWEST time of the year.  I had an issue with one of the assistant managers (also in the union) and was told to take it to the shop steward.  He told me he wasn't going to do anything about it because he didn't want the back-lash.  The guy in question had other complaints against him in the past, but since his BIL was a union hot-shot, the shop steward got his "S" jumped for bothering his BIL.  Another manager used to let his employees come in drunk and then sleep it off in the back room until they were fit to work.

The manufacturing union I've dealt with provides no training for the workers.  They've argued that a guy who kept oversleeping and coming in late shouldn't get suspended because "that's the worst reason to suspend someone."  They've filed grievances before when someone didn't get to work the job he wanted.  He had no special skills for that job and it wasn't a different classification of jobs - he just liked that specific job because it was easy and out of the line of sight of management.  He could see when someone was walking to his area so he got busy then.

Not all unions are bad - but you'll find the good/strong unions have one thing in common.  They work WITH the company for the betterment of all.  They provide training for the employee as well as weed out the riffraff.  
Nov 22, 2013 6:24AM
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I bet the CEO won't show up at 8pm. He will be to busy screwing the maid. 
Nov 21, 2013 8:53PM
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There is no need or reason for a big business platform to be this ignorant. If it's "only about profit" get RID of the Board and Executive Team, block them from wage or salary and let's see how "talented" they are as self-employed. No consulting, please. Sleaze. Inherited platforms are pariah.
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