Wal-Mart holds food drive for its own employees
Bins inside a Cleveland store ask shoppers to donate to 'associates in need.' The company defends the move.
"Please donate food items so associates in need can enjoy Thanksgiving dinner," reads a sign accompanied by several plastic bins.
The Cleveland Plain Dealer first reported on the food drive, which has sparked outrage in the area.
"That Wal-Mart would have the audacity to ask low-wage workers to donate food to other low-wage workers -- to me, it is a moral outrage," Norma Mills, a customer at the store, told The Plain Dealer.
A company spokesman defended the food drive, telling the Plain Dealer that it is evidence that employees care about each other.
"This store has been doing this for several years and is for associates that have faced an extreme hardship recently," spokesman Kory Lundberg told us.
Lundberg says an example of this would be a recent layoff in the family or some other financial hardship.
Wal-Mart has been criticized for paying low wages to its 2.2 million employees.
Last week, 50 people were arrested after protesting the retailer's pay at a store in Los Angeles.
Wal-Mart turned a profit of $15.7 billion last year.
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Walmart is one of the richest companies in the world. They pay their employees so little that the employee needs food assistance?
Now they have the audacity to bring that issue to the forefront with a ludicrous request to their customers to feed Walmart employees.
I for one will never shop there.
Since Sam Wal died Walmart has treated it's employees like dirt. He was a good man with a good idea but he died and so did his dream. Boycott is the word. Stop shopping at Walmart until they treat their employees like people, but you won't because it may cause you an inconvenience. Stop carping and start acting. Boycott, boycott, boycott. It works. I haven't shopped at Walmart in years as a matter of principle, but one person can do no good, and standing around shouting does no good, just gets you labeled and maybe arrested. Just don't shop there. The feeding trough is the only the only thing these swine understand. Send letters letting them know that until they pay their associates a living wage you won't be shopping with them anymore. Simple enough.
A good read:
The definitive Southern company, and the company that has done the most to subject the American job to the substandard standards of the South, has been Wal-Mart, which began as a single store in Rogers, Arkansas, in 1962. That year, the federal minimum wage, set at $1.15 an hour, was extended to retail workers, much to the dismay of Sam Walton, who was paying the employees at his fast-growing chain half that amount. Since the law initially applied to businesses with 50 or more employees, Walton argued that each of his stores was a separate entity, a claim that the Department of Labor rejected, fining Walton for his evasion of federal law.
Undaunted, Wal-Mart has carried its commitment to low wages through a subsequent half-century of relentless expansion. In 1990, it became the country’s largest retailer, and today the chain is the world’s largest private-sector employer, with 1.3 million employees in the United States and just under a million abroad. As Wal-Mart grew beyond its Ozark base, it brought Walton’s Southern standards north. In retail marketing, payroll generally constitutes between 8 percent and 12 percent of sales, but at Wal-Mart, managers are directed to keep payroll expenses between 5.5 percent and 8 percent of sales. Managers who fail at this don’t remain managers for long. While Wal-Mart claims the average hourly wage of its workers is $12.67, employees contend it is several dollars lower.
When a Wal-Mart opens in a new territory, it either drives out the higher-wage competition or compels that competition to lower its pay. David Neumark, an economist at the University of California, Irvine, has shown that eight years after Wal-Mart comes to a county, it drives down wages for all (not just retail) workers until they’re 2.5 percent to 4.8 percent below wages in comparable counties with no Wal-Mart outlets.
Maybe if they didn't add so many automated checkouts. They wouldn't have to layoff employees. They should be the one to feed them. Sam Walton would roll over in his grave. If he knew how they are running his company!
Solution: Let Walmart pay no wages to their workers. Just equip each with a kettle ( something like Salvation Army bell ringers during Christmas season) and let them "earn" their own salary/ charity/donation.
Thumbs up if you get it, thumbs down if you're too obtuse or stubborn.
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