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Activists have long criticized Walmart for failing to pay its employees living wages, and instead relying on the state to step in and pay for the healthcare and food of workers. In Cleveland, another Walmart recently demonstrated this kind of corporate welfare by holding a food drive—for its own employees.

 

“Please donate food items so associates in need can enjoy Thanksgiving dinner,” reads a sign accompanied by several plastic bins.

Understandably, the food drive has sparked outrage in the area.

 

“That Walmart 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 drive, telling the Plain Dealer it is evidence that employees care about each other. And it’s a good thing they care about their fellow workers because Walmart certainly doesn’t care about its employees.

 

In the wake of the Cleveland Walmart food drive story, Strike Debt, an offshoot of the Occupy Wall Street movement, raised on interesting question on Twitter: “Why not just pay a living wage?

Stephen Gandel, a senior editor at Fortune, recently penned an op-ed in which he argued Walmart could afford to give its employees a 50 percent raise without negatively affecting shareholders.

I called a couple of really smart economists to get it “peer”-reviewed. Sendhil Mullainathan, who teaches at MIT and received a MacArthur genius grant for his work in behavioral economics a few years ago, said he basically came to a similar conclusion as mine a few years ago. He says companies have more discretion in setting wages then they let on. “Really the question is not whether this is possible but why some companies don’t do it [this way],” says Mullainathan.

Wal-Mart didn’t respond to requests for comment.

Workers have already announced plans for “widespread, massive strikes and protests” on Black Friday at Walmarts this year, but smaller, isolated protests have continued to erupt all across the country even before the holiday shopping season.

Randall Lewis, 24, has been working at a Chicago Walmart for about a year. Lewis participated in last week’s strike that involved three Chicago store locations.

 

“Sometimes I have to borrow money. Sometimes, if I don’t have money for deodorant, I have to ask my grandmother for some money. Going to the doctor is expensive because I have to go to a clinic, and if I go to the dentist, it’s expensive,” he says.

Lewis expressed disillusionment with Walmart, a company he once saw as a reliable way to make a living.

 

“They sell you a bill of dreams, telling you you can be promoted, but if you’re not kissing up to the right person, to the right manager, they will walk right past you like you don’t exist.”

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He also suspects the company has nefarious motives for reducing employee hours.

“I worked forty hours [a week], and they reduced me to thirty-two hours a week. I think they reduce the hours to avoid paying us health benefits.”

 

In 2011, Walmart substantially rolled back coverage for part-time workers and significantly raised premiums for many full-time staff, citing “rising costs.” The decision had an immediate, and detrimental, effect on Walmart stores. By largely using part-time staff, the company was unable to keep its shelves stocked, and began to lose customers, so they decided to add more full-time workers for the holiday shopping season this year.

Walmart workers continue to demonstrate extraordinary bravery by striking all across the country, even though the company has demonstrated a habit of retaliating against staff’s attempts at collective organizing.

 

For his part, Lewis says he is willing to take that risk:

 

“I was afraid that they might retaliate, but the one thing I’ve learned is, if I don’t stand up for what I believe in, nothing will be done. I’m doing something that could help me and my co-workers get a liveable wage, healthcare, the respect that we deserve.”

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This is an exemplary company who cares about the community and its employees. Any Walmart employee who does not like the pay or working conditions is free to quit at any time. Tens of thousands of walmart employees have been with the company for more than 10 years.

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Enough where you don't become a national embarrassment as an employer putting out food donation boxes for your own employees.

 

My employer gives me a 25 dollar gift certificate to the local grocery story every year.

 

So I guess they are donating me food....

 

 

Those bastards ... buying our Christmas ham...

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http://www.thenation.com/blog/177241/cleveland-walmart-holds-food-drive-its-own-employees

 

 

Activists have long criticized Walmart for failing to pay its employees living wages, and instead relying on the state to step in and pay for the healthcare and food of workers. In Cleveland, another Walmart recently demonstrated this kind of corporate welfare by holding a food drive—for its own employees.

 

“Please donate food items so associates in need can enjoy Thanksgiving dinner,” reads a sign accompanied by several plastic bins.

Understandably, the food drive has sparked outrage in the area.

 

“That Walmart 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 drive, telling the Plain Dealer it is evidence that employees care about each other. And it’s a good thing they care about their fellow workers because Walmart certainly doesn’t care about its employees.

 

In the wake of the Cleveland Walmart food drive story, Strike Debt, an offshoot of the Occupy Wall Street movement, raised on interesting question on Twitter: “Why not just pay a living wage?

Stephen Gandel, a senior editor at Fortune, recently penned an op-ed in which he argued Walmart could afford to give its employees a 50 percent raise without negatively affecting shareholders.

Workers have already announced plans for “widespread, massive strikes and protests” on Black Friday at Walmarts this year, but smaller, isolated protests have continued to erupt all across the country even before the holiday shopping season.

Randall Lewis, 24, has been working at a Chicago Walmart for about a year. Lewis participated in last week’s strike that involved three Chicago store locations.

 

“Sometimes I have to borrow money. Sometimes, if I don’t have money for deodorant, I have to ask my grandmother for some money. Going to the doctor is expensive because I have to go to a clinic, and if I go to the dentist, it’s expensive,” he says.

Lewis expressed disillusionment with Walmart, a company he once saw as a reliable way to make a living.

 

“They sell you a bill of dreams, telling you you can be promoted, but if you’re not kissing up to the right person, to the right manager, they will walk right past you like you don’t exist.”

Please support our journalism. Get a digital subscription for just $9.50!

He also suspects the company has nefarious motives for reducing employee hours.

“I worked forty hours [a week], and they reduced me to thirty-two hours a week. I think they reduce the hours to avoid paying us health benefits.”

 

In 2011, Walmart substantially rolled back coverage for part-time workers and significantly raised premiums for many full-time staff, citing “rising costs.” The decision had an immediate, and detrimental, effect on Walmart stores. By largely using part-time staff, the company was unable to keep its shelves stocked, and began to lose customers, so they decided to add more full-time workers for the holiday shopping season this year.

Walmart workers continue to demonstrate extraordinary bravery by striking all across the country, even though the company has demonstrated a habit of retaliating against staff’s attempts at collective organizing.

 

For his part, Lewis says he is willing to take that risk:

 

“I was afraid that they might retaliate, but the one thing I’ve learned is, if I don’t stand up for what I believe in, nothing will be done. I’m doing something that could help me and my co-workers get a liveable wage, healthcare, the respect that we deserve.”

 

...would've loved to a see a picture of these 'signs'...

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How much an hour is a living wage for unskilled labor Skews? [/quote

BASIC cost of living is the same for every one. wall.

 

Walmart makes an incredible living off the backs of cheap employees who either can't or don't ko

Know how to do any better. Its almost usury.

 

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This is an exemplary company who cares about the community and its employees. Any Walmart employee who does not like the pay or working conditions is free to quit at any time. Tens of thousands of walmart employees have been with the company for more than 10 years.

"tens of thousands" out of a couple million? Yea, that sucks. Think an exemplary company would pay their employees enough to prevent our tax dollars from subsidizing them. If you work full time and qualify for food stamps or medicare, your company is underpaying you. Companies like Trader Joes and Costco pay their employees a fair wage and the tax payer doesn't have to help support them.

 

"exemplary company who cares about the community and its employees"-man, I never heard that one before. You never heard of the countless lawsuits, protests, and community outreach that happens every time they go to a new town? You really think they pay their workers more than the small businesses that go out of business whenever a Walmart comes to town?

 

I think this story is hilarious. Walmart is trying to look caring by supporting a food drive to help their own employees have a happy thanksgiving. They really think people are stupid enough not to ask "If you cared, why don't you pay more?". Is this an Onion piece?

 

 

 

...would've loved to a see a picture of these 'signs'...

 

 

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This picture is all over the net. Is this for real? What's on top of the table, a sale on Mac 'n Cheese?

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My employer gives me a 25 dollar gift certificate to the local grocery story every year.

 

So I guess they are donating me food....

 

 

Those bastards ... buying our Christmas ham...

Wow, I used to get a $25 gift card about 20 years ago. My company hasn't given Christmas bonus' in years!

 

"tens of thousands" out of a couple million? Yea, that sucks. Think an exemplary company would pay their employees enough to prevent our tax dollars from subsidizing them. If you work full time and qualify for food stamps or medicare, your company is underpaying you. Companies like Trader Joes and Costco pay their employees a fair wage and the tax payer doesn't have to help support them.

 

"exemplary company who cares about the community and its employees"-man, I never heard that one before. You never heard of the countless lawsuits, protests, and community outreach that happens every time they go to a new town? You really think they pay their workers more than the small businesses that go out of business whenever a Walmart comes to town?

 

I think this story is hilarious. Walmart is trying to look caring by supporting a food drive to help their own employees have a happy thanksgiving. They really think people are stupid enough not to ask "If you cared, why don't you pay more?". Is this an Onion piece?

 

 

 

 

BZYCyrFIIAAIrEd.jpg

 

This picture is all over the net. Is this for real? What's on top of the table, a sale on Mac 'n Cheese?

Look at that sh1t! They didn't even peel off the label on those Rubbermaid tubs! Guess if a customer wanted to buy one of those tubs, the employee's can goods would just be piled on the floor!

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This is so sad, but Cons think this the epitome of their business model. Conservatism failed over a 150 years ago when they these assholes declared war on America and it needs to die now.

 

This is the predictable result of a failed education system of which the liberals control and the liberals stridently defend. One that churns out hopeless people with no job skills.

 

Liberals have no choice but to blame one of the only businesses for which they have enough skills to work.

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If you work full time and qualify for food stamps or medicare, your company is underpaying you.

What does the fact that someone qualifies for aid have to do with whether they are being underpaid or not?

 

Companies like Trader Joes and Costco pay their employees a fair wage and the tax payer doesn't have to help support them.

Then why the hell don't these poor workers who have to resort to government aid just go work at those companies instead of that "evil" Walmart?

 

You really think they pay their workers more than the small businesses that go out of business whenever a Walmart comes to town?

And why do these small businesses go out of business when Walmart comes to town?

 

If you can answer this question correctly, you may actually be on the verge of a breakthrough for once... though I suspect you will cowardly run away like you always do.

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Enough where you don't become a national embarrassment as an employer putting out food donation boxes for your own employees.

 

Not what I asked Skews, though your re-direct has been duly noted----and laughed at..... If you're advocating a higher entry level unskilled, workforce wage, you should be able to provide us with a number...

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What does the fact that someone qualifies for aid have to do with whether they are being underpaid or not?UH, you get food stamps when you have little money, moron.

 

Then why the hell don't these poor workers who have to resort to government aid just go work at those companies instead of that "evil" Walmart?UH, because there are more Walmarts than Trader Joes....uh,,....duh....wtf?

 

And why do these small businesses go out of business when Walmart comes to town?Small businesses can't compete with a monster retailer that has thousands of stores worth of buying power. Many of those lawsuits I mentioned were for predatory business practices in which Walmarts actually scout out and undercut the neighborhood businesses to put them out of business. When the businesses die, they can enjoy the market share and raise their prices again. Walmart can afford to take a loss to kill a competitor. Nobody can compete with them.

 

If you can answer this question correctly, you may actually be on the verge of a breakthrough for once... though I suspect you will cowardly run away like you always do.

The fact that you had to ask any of those questions is, as usual, completely ridiculous. You keep asking these dumb azz questions like you're smart or something and they usually aren't worth the effort to answer.

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WALMART-Poster child for why the nation has gone down the crapper,

 

The Walton families have NO SHAME!

 

Why should they have shame, and why should Democrats complain?

 

The Democrat Voter Base clearly makes up the majority of Bargain Basement shoppers, and those reliant on assistance programs... If WalMart was such an evil entity, this same Democrat Voter Base would have boycotted them into Chapter 11.

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This is so sad, but Cons think this the epitome of their business model. Conservatism failed over a 150 years ago when they these assholes declared war on America and it needs to die now.

Huh?

 

Wow, I used to get a $25 gift card about 20 years ago. My company hasn't given Christmas bonus' in years!

 

Look at that sh1t! They didn't even peel off the label on those Rubbermaid tubs! Guess if a customer wanted to buy one of those tubs, the employee's can goods would just be piled on the floor!

Rubbermaid? I doubt it.

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This is the predictable result of a failed education system of which the liberals control and the liberals stridently defend. One that churns out hopeless people with no job skills.

 

Liberals have no choice but to blame one of the only businesses for which they have enough skills to work.

 

 

Believing that the Flintstones is a documentary and that GW is a liberal guise to enslave mankind under a one-world government speaks volumes about your ilk.

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