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  •  Dear Representative-Elect Grayson (15+ / 0-)

    As a Wal-mart employee who can't organize at her store beyond a small grass-roots individual basis, thank you for this.  I cannot tell you how much it means to me, a Wal-mart employee to have a customer, or potential customer, as I don't know your shopping habits,  validate the vile labor practices that Wal-mart uses to keep employees at serf-level poverty wages.

    Let me tell you about my store:

    1. A front end supervisor who is "full-time" 34 hours a week, and has health insurance, did not have enough money for life-saving medicine for her sick husband.  
    I organized a front end fund raiser, where people were giving their last five dollars to help her.

    2. One of our grocery associates received a food basket donation from our store. He qualified for charity for Thanksgiving, but not apparently enough for a living wage to buy his own food.

    3. One of cashiers was very excited about the price match guarantee and her 10% discount combined she can buy her son one Christmas present. She works 32 hours a week, and keeps asking for full-time, but they will not give it to her.

    4. I talked it over with my family and instead of us celebrating Thanksgiving on my day off, I am going to go to the expensive shoe store and buy our Hardware associate shoes. It's cold up here in Northern Minnesota, and he had to buy some therapy aids for his son, and couldn't get new shoes to replace his old ones. I am going to give him enough to get a great pair of shoes and get gas for his car for the trip up there.

    That is just some of the highlights from my store.  Yet, on Thursday night, I was thanked by my customers for not making their night uncomfortable by protesting and walking out. Yes, my customers were able to buy cheap TVs, $1.96 DVDs, pajama pants for $4.96 all in comfort and guilt-free because we didn't protest, or walk out at Wal-mart's  unfair  labor practices and exploiting the government system and safety net.  

    The workers at my store are like your worker who took care of the customer first and always. We were given free food at Walmart's expense Thanksgiving day and "Blitz day"  but I am telling you, the time away from my family, the choices we have to make to survive on a Wal-mart salary, and the self-absorbed  customers who don't understand, or don't want to understand what we go through to make our store pleasant for them to shop at.

    So, thank you Mr. Grayson, you are doing important work, and shining the light on this company, and I thank you for having the courage of your convictions.

    •  My heart hurts for you, but I am glad to support (5+ / 0-)
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      ncarolinagirl, rowanleigh, sb, suesue, elwior

      your efforts.  You are one brave person to take on the responsibility for helping those in need, and it should not be that way.  WalMart heirs make enough to keep their jets gassed up, their limo drivers employed, their nannies, housekeepers, cooks, and lawn people paid, and their numerous homes open year around.  They take trips whenever they get ready and never have to pack a bag because they have all they need at their destination!  Yet they won't pay other folks who work for them a living wage.  WOW!  You are one wonderful and brave person.  Keep it up!  You have more support than you know!

      God bless!

      (Fist held high in the air for WalMart workers!)

      As my friend said," I am not renting out space in my head to anybody."

      by RO45 on Sun Nov 25, 2012 at 06:31:46 AM PST

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      •  thanks (4+ / 0-)
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        sb, suesue, zett, elwior

        I have an awesome family. We have hit a rough spot here the last four years, (foreclosure, medical bills, no jobs for me-my fault, I chose to not finish college 20 years ago) but for them to go "Oh Absolutely, we MUST help your colleague and give up thanksgiving for his new shoes" is a amazing.

        Plus, it may be my mother's heritage, but I am really good at making something out of nothing. I make an awesome beef stew.

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