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As Walmart's shareholder meeting approaches, there's a slew of news on the effect the retail giant has on the American economy—and protests against how it treats its workers. Walmart is a poster child for low wages, of course, but an updated report from Demos shows that Walmart's low wages may actually be undermining its sales. Rather than investing in good service through adequate staffing, Walmart keeps pouring its profits into share repurchases—more than $6.6 billion last year.
Repurchases help the company meet earnings targets even when sales are down by reducing the number of shares on the market and lifting earnings for those that remain. But when buybacks are poorly timed or crowd out other investment, they can actually undermine longer term goals. In a 2012 study, analysts at Credit Suisse showed that just 36 percent of S&P 500 companies performing share buybacks returned value to shareholders above the basic cost of equity.
Instead, Walmart could be investing that money in more staffing hours, ensuring shorter lines and shelves that aren't left bare because there aren't enough workers to restock them. And it could pay its workers significantly better, ensuring an experienced workforce with low turnover.
According to a growing body of research on human capital management in retail, experienced employees with broad knowledge of the company are better equipped to serve customers, leading to higher sales numbers and better performance overall. Research from management experts at the Wharton School of Business shows that stores see an average of $10 in new revenue for every additional dollar spent on payroll. Better staffing practices lead to higher sales, since customers can count on stocked shelves and knowledgeable employees.
Walmart's executives, of course, continue to be paid lavishly, even when they don't meet sales targets, and the company uses tax loopholes to make sure that much of the cost of that high pay falls on taxpayers. Over the past six years, eight of Walmart's top executives have received more than $298 million in tax-deductible "performance pay." That's cut around $104 million from Walmart's federal tax bills, money that could have gone to paying for the food stamps many Walmart employees need to get by on their low wages.

Originally posted to Daily Kos Labor on Wed Jun 04, 2014 at 10:59 AM PDT.

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  •  Walmart is unpatriotic in so many ways. (9+ / 0-)

    Unfair low pay for their employees. Overpaying their executives.  Unfair tax avoidance.  All of their goods made in China.

    An illusion can never be destroyed directly... SK.

    by Thomas Twinnings on Wed Jun 04, 2014 at 11:10:24 AM PDT

  •  Money is more important than people (4+ / 0-)
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    JeffW, Gooserock, Visceral, Mannie

    I voted Tuesday, May 6, 2014 because it is my right, my responsibility and because my parents moved from Alabama to Ohio to vote. Unfortunately, the republicons want to turn Ohio into Alabama.

    by a2nite on Wed Jun 04, 2014 at 11:30:46 AM PDT

    •  It Stops Being Money At Around Half a Dozen (3+ / 0-)
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      alypsee1, a2nite, Mannie

      each of houses, boats, RV's, planes and such.

      Beyond that it's Citizenship.

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Wed Jun 04, 2014 at 11:59:36 AM PDT

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      •  Money = power. For the ridiculously rich the ga... (0+ / 0-)

        Money = power. For the ridiculously rich the game is about power.

        Just take a look at the Koch Bros. They play a full-time "game" of "Poweropoly". And the sheeple feel sorry for those "job creators". Who cares that the energy industry has one of the lowest employee/$ of revenue rates (i.e. they don't employ many people compared to how much money they bring in, in revenue OR profits).


    •  Oops I meant profit not money (1+ / 0-)
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      I voted Tuesday, May 6, 2014 because it is my right, my responsibility and because my parents moved from Alabama to Ohio to vote. Unfortunately, the republicons want to turn Ohio into Alabama.

      by a2nite on Wed Jun 04, 2014 at 12:44:28 PM PDT

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    •  and in 20 years (2+ / 0-)
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      kbrown2225, bobcat41702

      They can donate some of this money to some popular cause, and all anyone will remember is house generous they are, not that they allowed workers to suffer so they could get the money to donate and make everyone forget.

      She was a fool, and so am I, and so is anyone who thinks he sees what God is doing. -Kurt Vonnegut Life is serious but we don't have to be - me

      by lowt on Thu Jun 05, 2014 at 06:50:53 PM PDT

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  •  Walmart views workers as expenses (5+ / 0-)
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    instead of assets that make its profit possible.

    That's what happens when a company is run by bean counters whose chief interest is sucking up to shareholders, Wall Street and owners whose only interest is maintaining their ranking on the Fortune 500 list.

  •  God Forbid They Should Take Up a Hobby (1+ / 0-)
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    of interest to some here.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Wed Jun 04, 2014 at 11:58:20 AM PDT

  •  Walmart could also stop selling guns and ammo (5+ / 0-)

    in the place that people take their children to buy toys and groceries.

    When they get rid of the guns, and pay their employees a decent wage, I might consider giving them business.

    Until then, I don't go there.

    •  Do you shop at Target? (0+ / 0-)

      New Republic: So are the left-wing blogs as bad as the Tea Party ones in this case? -------------------------Chuck Schumer: Left-wing blogs are the mirror image. They just have less credibility and less clout.

      by AlexDrew on Thu Jun 05, 2014 at 05:51:23 PM PDT

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    •  Actually they are usually sold out of ammo. N/T (0+ / 0-)
      •  And they are always sold out of ammo... (11+ / 0-)

        Because the people who work in the sporting goods section know when the ammo is shipped in to the store, and inform their ammo-buying buddies of it so they can hurry on in and buy it up before it ever hits the shelf. This is not a guess, or speculation. My husband knows someone who works there, and he was told about this process. NOT for my husband's benefit though, because the Walmart employee involved doesn't know my husband owns guns or buys ammo. My husband went there to look for hiking/camping gear, and it came up in conversation about empty shelves and consistently out-of-stock items.
        We have eliminated Walmart from our shopping as much as we possibly can, which is difficult at best, considering we live in a small town where Walmart has run out almost every other shopping option other than a few grocery stores, pharmacies, a couple of "Dollar Stores" and the Goodwill. The next nearest large department store type shopping option besides Walmart is a 50 mile round trip. We do without some things, and buy as much as possible at grocery stores, the smaller "Dollar Store" type facilities, and wait for other things until there are several reasons to make the longer drive. I am disabled and cannot shop where riding type carts are not provided.
        I refuse to help support a company who cares absolutely nothing for its employees, sends them to taxpayer funded welfare programs to help feed themselves because their piss-poor wages can't possibly handle it, and obviously care nothing for their customers because they refuse to spend what's necessary to keep their stores clean, well stocked, well managed, and take good care of their employees which would increase experience and loyalty to the company. If they would take care of their employees, their employees would take care of them, and make their stores places where customers would be happy to go, instead of having no other options in so many rural and semi-suburban areas.
        And don't tell anyone they have other choices and can make different decisions - I have already explained the lengths we must go to in order to avoid them. Other folks may not even have those options, especially with transportation to other options. Not everyone can do what even we have done so far. If you don't live their lives, you can't presume to tell them how to live it.

  •  I am really p!ssed that my taxes go to subsidize (7+ / 0-)

    some of the most profitable companies on earth. Full time workers should be earning enough that they are not eligible for SNAP. The fact that they are on assistance makes it possible for Mal*Wart to get away with paying pitiful wages.
    $10.10 is the first step, Seattle leads the way with a living wage.

    If I ran this circus, things would be DIFFERENT!

    by CwV on Thu Jun 05, 2014 at 05:50:24 PM PDT

  •  ... (6+ / 0-)

    Wal-Mart – Where else can you buy guns, beer, beef jerky and girl watch all in one place? It’s like heaven on Earth!

    Good thing Wal-Mart showed up right when it did, thirty local stores went out business last year after the Grand Opening. Damn economy… This is all Obama’s fault!

    Ooooh look! Turkey jerky!

  •  Why doesn't Daily Kos start its own retail chain? (3+ / 0-)
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    or whatever it is that Walmart does...

    The Daily Kos starts its own WalMart competitor and implements its own policies. The profits come in and Daily Kos proves liberal business practices works.

  •  Clothes shopping, definitely not at WalMart (4+ / 0-)
    According to a growing body of research on human capital management in retail, experienced employees with broad knowledge of the company are better equipped to serve customers, leading to higher sales numbers and better performance overall.
    I hate shopping for clothes. When I do shop, I like to march into the store, tell the service person exactly what I'm looking for, and let them show me what they've got. If they're good, I'll spend my money & be out of there in 5 or 10 minutes.

    I've had good experiences recently at Old Navy and Penny's. They knew what they were doing, so I'll be back.

    At WalMart, you're lucky to find a person, and if you do, chances are they don't know any more than you do.

    “Hardworking men and women who are busting their tails in full-time jobs shouldn't be left in poverty.” -- Elizabeth Warren

    by Positronicus on Thu Jun 05, 2014 at 06:12:44 PM PDT

    •  I do the same thing only I don't ask... (3+ / 0-)

      a salesperson about anything. I go to the jeans section. Hold them up to see if they'll fit, pay for them and leave. I HATE shopping and do it on a bi-annual basis at best. I prefer to shop locally but if I have to, I'll go 5 or 10 miles out of my way. BUT...I WOULDN'T SHOP AT WALMART IF THEY PAID ME!!!! CRAP for clothes, CRAP for food AND they're trying to foist the GMO shit on you, and CRAP for any other thing they sell in their stores because they have depreciated the HUMAN factor to the point of causing them to have to live off the states taxpayers in order to LIVE!

      SHAME ON WALMART! I'm disgusted, I HATE them and I'm pissed!!

  •  This article gives proof of the longterm failure (7+ / 0-)

    of their business model. At the expense of millions of Americans. And they will continue it for their ideological reasons. I am no WalMart expert, but my understanding is that they are now forced to close many of their superstores, and they will be focusing instead on groceries. Many of those stores were heavily subsidized by communities that paid for roadways and other infrastructure in hopes of getting sales tax dollars.  
    They are a blight on the American landscape.

    "You can die for Freedom, you just can't exercise it"

    by shmuelman on Thu Jun 05, 2014 at 06:18:10 PM PDT

  •  Walmart -- "Always Low Wages" (7+ / 0-)

    The Walton clan's "Dead Peasant" life insurance policies taken out on its employees unbeknownst to those employees got the psychopathic billionaire GREEDmongers from Bentonville, Arkansas unwanted ugly publicity ----

    and you thought that Walmart was just being wonderful corporate citizens for hiring senior citizens and the disabled (when they had sinister ulterior motives in their hiring practices).

    •  No, wait! Are you saying WalMart is taking out ... (4+ / 0-)

      No, wait! Are you saying WalMart is taking out death benefit life insurance policies on their elderly and infirm with themselves as beneficiaries? Why are those greeters smiling?

    •  They were also deducting the premiums (0+ / 0-)

      from their taxes ---but the IRS got after them and made them pay back taxes.  

      Then, instead of taking out policies on older workers, they dropped a lot of them.  First they got rid of some greeters by not allowing them to sit down between helping shoppers.  Those seniors with, say, a foot or back problem couldn't stand through their shifts.  Now the local stores no longer have greeters.

      Company policy is to hire more younger workers ---they think they have more energy and will work harder and not need health coverage, but they forget that many older people have developed a work ethic that younger folks haven't developed yet and many of those older greeter had Medicare.

      I think the Waltons are heartless SOBs. Luckily I live in an area with lots of stores within 10 miles in a couple of different directions, so I can avoid the 2 Walmarts in my area.

  •  walmart (5+ / 0-)

    i don't shop there. they forced their way into my town and killed a number of independent businesses.  i simply refuse to condone the way they treat their employees and overpay their CEOs.

  •  Walmart was always a one stop shop for me. I ha... (3+ / 0-)
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    Walmart was always a one stop shop for me. I have found it a difficult transition, but I have switched from shopping at walmart primarily to shopping at HEB, Home Depot, Auto Zone, and even Dollar Tree. Never knew the quality of Dollar Tree stuff until I decided to make this shift. Good luck creating a new shopping experience outside of walmart. We have to make a change to effect change.

    •  According to Glassdoor... (2+ / 0-)
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      ...which is, admittedly, not always accurate, the average salary of Dollar Tree cashiers is $7.66 which is only 41¢ an hour above Federal minimum wage.

      Not, perhaps, better than Walmart when considering that some states Dollar Tree is in (such as California) have a higher minimum wage than Federal minimum wage which would boost the average above Federal minimum wage even if every cashier made the local minimum wage.

    •  Family Dollar, in my town, has a lot of stuff. (0+ / 0-)

      The merchandise isn't always top notch, but they have quite a variety, for the size of the store, and the prices are reasonable.  The shopping area includes Family Dollar, a pharmacy, Radio Shack, Burger King, large family owned grocery store & large hardware store.  We also have a Napa parts store and CARQUEST.  When they moved the shopping area, from downtown, so many of the downtown stores are empty now. The closest Big Box retailer, a Hometown Shopko, is about 20 miles away.   In my situation, I am limited as to where I can shop, since I no longer have a vehicle and really do not need one.  We have no public transportation or taxi's.  I am disabled and get around with my power chair and am able to do my own shopping at the limited number of stores we have.  In certain cases, you don't have a lot of choice, as to where to shop, especially if you are elderly, disabled or don't have a vehicle.  Also, a lot of times, when you normally get something at Walmart, it is not easy to find a store, where you can get the same thing.  I think a lot of people go there because Walmart has many of the  items they need, in one spot and they don't have to travel all over, to get them, when they don't have a vehicle or a way to get there.  I used to go to Walmart once in a while, because I could get what I needed, in one stop and they had motorized carts for me to use.  They don't have everything you need, but seem to carry the most popular items, which they sell a lot of.  I too think it's a shame, they treat their employees so badly and don't pay them very good.  I guess they just don't get it, if they paid the employees better and treated them better, the employees would be more apt to stick around, instead of them having a high turnover.  When they have enough employees, who are familiar, with the store and product, the customers would be getting more help and more sales would be made.  Also, if the employee was paid better they would be able to buy more there too.  I also heard they wanted to close some of their supercenters.  Right now, in a city about 15 miles from here, Walmart is trying to locate a Supercenter downtown, where there used to be a canning factory.  The street, which Walmart wants to build on, used to be noted for all of the problems associated with the large number of taverns it had.  Most of the taverns are gone and small higher end shops, cafes & restaurants,  have opened up, which gives the area a different feel.  Of course now the small shops are worried about being pushed out, by Walmart, which is causing a huge controversey.

  •  I have shopped at Walmart only once but I live ... (1+ / 0-)
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    I have shopped at Walmart only once but I live in an area with many choices including but not limited to costco


  •  boycott walmart (3+ / 0-)

    that is one way to show your disgust at a company that gives back nothing to the nation that supports it and actually is a cancer existing among us.

  •  The high cost of low prices.... (3+ / 0-)

    The high cost of low prices....

  •  I just signed a petition today... (4+ / 0-) remove Rob Walton from Walmart's board.

    "Sam Walton’s heirs have become the 1 percent of the 1 percent by using Walmart as a family ATM. They’re worth over $144 billion, and they rake in billions more each year. And whether you’re a Walmart worker like me making less in a year than the Waltons make in a minute, a taxpayer forking over big subsidies and tax breaks, or an ordinary investor in Walmart, that wealth is coming at our expense.

    But as long as the Waltons control the company’s board, they can silence anyone who doesn’t think Walmart’s first responsibility is to make them richer. It’s time for real accountability at Walmart – it’s time for an independent chair of the company’s board.

    When Walmart holds its annual shareholders’ meeting on Friday, June 6, worker-shareholders like me will be proposing a measure to replace Rob Walton. Other striking moms and I will visit Rob’s house to call for an end to retaliation and push for his resignation."

    We all know petitions can be hit or miss, but this article just reinforces, that one of the biggest thing we can do to fix the mess of Walmart, is get the Waltons out of it.  
  •  So? (0+ / 0-)

    Unfair pay? Get a different job!

    •  Harder to do (3+ / 0-)

      when WalMart ran so many other businesses in town out of business. But it's easy to kick back and make worthless suggestions like this one if you're an illiberal member of the 82nd Chairbourne.

      We build on foundations we did not lay. We warm ourselves by fires we did not light. We sit in the shade of trees we did not plant... We are ever bound in community.-Peter Raible

      by SilentBrook on Fri Jun 06, 2014 at 11:33:33 AM PDT

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    •  Not so easy to do (2+ / 0-)
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      when WalMart has run so many local businesses out of business. But it's easy to be a heartless illiberal troll than to offer good solutions to the wide-reaching problems that these bad corporate actors create.

      We build on foundations we did not lay. We warm ourselves by fires we did not light. We sit in the shade of trees we did not plant... We are ever bound in community.-Peter Raible

      by SilentBrook on Fri Jun 06, 2014 at 11:37:39 AM PDT

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    •  With three workers clamoring for a job for every (2+ / 0-)
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      bobcat41702, thanatokephaloides

      ONE job out there, walking away from a  job is economic suicide.  And the "good folks" who DO have available jobs out there aren't paying any better -- the good-paying jobs were the ones "downsized" out of existence.

      So take your libertarian snark on the road -- maybe you'll meet a bus...going about 60.

  •  Sam Walton (4+ / 0-)

    Proclaimed himself to be a great Christian.  I wonder if Christ would have approved the greed of Sam and his heirs?

    Somehow, I think not.

    •  Not sure that Sam would approve of today's Walmart (2+ / 0-)
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      I can't say with any conviction, but I've heard often that Sam Walton would be rolling in his grave if he saw the way Walmart is being run today.
      Certainly, his heirs are not doing anything to help the workers, but not sure how much blame Sam deserves.  I suppose you could argue he invented gunpowder (Walmart) even if he didn't know it would be used this way.

  •  On average over the last five years ... (6+ / 0-)

    ... Walmart has given out about $7B in dividends and spent about $7B in buybacks.  That's essentially $14B/yr handed back to the shareholders.

    The 6 Walton kids (or their trusts) own a bit more than 50% of the total shares between them.  That means that they've essentially been "paid" over $1B EACH, EVERY YEAR for the past FIVE years.

    They also each individually have a net worth of over $30 billion.

    So that means that six people/trusts with a net worth of $30+ billion EACH have received an extra billion EACH annually for the last five years.

    Seriously.  How would you tell the difference between being worth, say, $33 billion and $34 billion?  What difference would it make in your day-to-day life?

    It's estimated that we taxpayers subsidise Walmart employees to the tune of $3-4 billion a year through the Medicaid and food stamps that Walmart employees qualify for.  Why the hell aren't we DEMANDING that $3-4B back from the shareholders?  So Alice Walton "earns" only $750M/yr. vs. $1B/yr.  Really?!  In what world and on what drugs does that make any kind of sense?

    Party like it's 1789.

  •  As long as we keep this sytem (6+ / 0-)

    where corporations must earn greater and greater profits each year to meet Wall Street "expectations", we will continue to see our society crumble.  PROFITS are put above all else, and the average working-class people - astoundingly - keep supporting this which only enslaves them and hurts everything around them.

    The problem is clear, and the solution is clear:  ABOLISH CORPORATIONS!!

  •  I said it years ago (2+ / 0-)

    Walmart is going down just like K-mart did.

  •  I have not (3+ / 0-)

    shopped at Wal-Mart for over three years now.  I used to go there for yard stuff, and cleaning products as I could usually save some money buying those things at Wal-Mart.  After reading about how they treat their employees, I made the decision to stop shopping there until they raise wages to at least ten dollars and hour.  It may cost me a little more to buy products at other stores, but is worth it to me to know I am not supporting such greedy vile people like the Walton family.

    Democrat Without Suffix, Prefix, Apology or Explanation .

    by Lilredhead on Fri Jun 06, 2014 at 01:29:03 PM PDT

  •  The Wal-Mart Effect (2+ / 0-)
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    bobcat41702, thanatokephaloides

    is a very interesting book, borrow it from your library and read exactly what Wal-Mart did to America.  It is balanced, fact-filled and well-researched.

  •  Walmart sucks (1+ / 0-)
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  •  Most of us DO have choices, although they may n... (1+ / 0-)
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    Most of us DO have choices, although they may not be easy, but when it means enough, we WILL make them!

  •  Corporate Tax Loopholes? Really.. (1+ / 0-)
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    and employees can't work enough hours to get healthcare, need food stamps? Billionaires continue to load up their pockets on the backs of hardworking people?  Everyone understands that a great idea and real products deserve great rewards, but there must be an equality to those efforts.  If you are not paying people a living wage, then you Walton Family should be taxed for each employee who is forced to have/use government subsidies.  You are a menace on Society, not a blessing.  TAX THE GREEDY CHEATERS.

  •  Why don't (0+ / 0-)

    our lazy arse politicians DO something about walmart? I think we pay them enough and you can bet they still do insider trading to make themselves rich. Our politicians can do what it takes if they had any testicles at all. They are a pathetic bunch of losers that work together from each party to put the screws to Americans and make themselves rich on our backs.

  •  sadly, they just DON'T CARE... (0+ / 0-)

    Mal*Wart (thanks, gonna swipe that), (b)Lowe's, the dollar stores (yes, they just use a smaller Mal*Wart model, and even crappier chinese crap), CheapoDepot, Target, pretty much any retail or grocery chains--they all just DO NOT GIVE A FUCK.

    It's a disease, this "profit at all cost" thinking that's infected peoples' brains. There is a football stadium in Allen, Texas,  that went up a couple years ago--$100 million+-- that right now sits empty, because the concrete contractor cut corners by using substandard concrete, which is disintegrating into powder. This means that some bastard thought his personal profit was worth more than the safety of the people who used that stadium.

    And we see this shit ALL THE TIME,  day-in, day-out: people who brag how they screwed someone over for some extra sales. The store manager at the (b)Lowe's I once worked for, took a couple in hand, and managed to sell them over $10,000 in stuff they really didn't need; turns out, they were his DAUGHTER and her husband-to-be!!!  You read that right: he fucked over his own DAUGHTER to fatten his bottom line!  

    And it's getting worse... I fear for human civilization...

  •  Vote with your pocket book... (0+ / 0-)

    I stopped shopping at Wal Mart some time ago, I work much to hard for my money, thanks to the Tea Baggers, to support the likes of the Walton's and other 1%'ers.

    Good luck to the employees of Wal Mart.

    Remember...the Tea Bagger/Birther/republican/GOP is BAD for America!

  •  Walmart (0+ / 0-)

    is a pathetic corporation owned and controlled by pathetic people.

  •  Greed is not a powerful enough word. (0+ / 0-)

    About 8 years ago,  I found an article about the richest people in the U.S.  At that time (about 8 yrs ago) there were 4 Waltons on the list and each of them had more than $17 BILLION.  

    I did some calculations.  If each of those Waltons were responsible for all financial needs of 20 family members (including themselves) for the next 80 years and never invested a penny of their money, each of those 20 (actually 80 since there were 4 Waltons on the list) would have $29,000 to spend EVERY DAY for the next 80 years. ($17billion /20 /80 /365 =$29109)

    I'm sure there are lots of Walmart employees that need to work more than 2 years to make that much money.

    I'm also sure those Waltons have much more than $17 billion each now --with their corporate profits and capital gains on investments.  I'm all for free enterprise ---But once someone has that much money and still can't pay a living wage to employees or cover them for health insurance, they are downright evil.

    And they are doubly evil when they pay so little that their employees need welfare, medicaid, and/or food stamps to make ends meet ---and the rest of us foot the bill.

    Add to that numerous issues (some of which have resulted in law suits):
    •not promoting women
    •locking stockers in stores overnight, they could leave only if a supervisor unlocked an exit
    •minors put on schedules that were during school hours or too many hours/day or "too late" for state laws
    •hiring undocumented workers
    •not giving workers legally-manditory breaks and meal times
    •forcing suppliers to lower prices so much that they go bankrupt
    •supervisors asking workers to do "just one more thing" after they've clocked out, thus getting free labor "off the clock"
    •firing workers for disgussing labor conditions or talking about forming a union (if not fired, they are often given the worst shift and demoted to worse jobs and held to standards they can't meet until they quit)
    •other wrongful terminations such as the firing of employees who subdued a man holding another employee hostage at gunpoint and firing workers who discussed wages or working conditions with each other
    •moving into a community and setting prices to undercut stores that sell the same products ---until they are run out of business, then they raise prices (they have hundreds of stores that make profits that can keep them afloat until the competition goes belly-up)
    •buying insurance on low-end workers with the company being the beneficiary, not the workers' family ---and they deducted the premiums as a business expense (ended up having to pay back taxes for that trick)
    •selling furniture from illegally-logged wood
    •refusing to stock emergency contraception
    •bribery and coverups in Mexico
    •overseas labor concerns
    •poor store conditions, poorly-stocked shelves, understaffing
    •employees must work 6 months before receiving health care and those who have health care through Walmart have high deductibles ($1000 or $3000 for a family) almost impossible for underpaid workers to pay themselves
    •tried to recover money an employee received in a settlement for an accident (dropped after bad publicity)

    there is much more evil going on than meets the eye

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