Walmart pays its workers so little that many of them are forced to rely on government assistance
to make ends meet. But while it won't raise wages so that workers can pay their bills and buy food, Walmart is totally
concerned and wants to help its employees who are struggling. Once again, it's expressing that concern by holding a canned food drive for its own workers
. This time around, it's an Oklahoma Walmart store where bins have been put out with signs asking workers to "succeed by donating to associates in need."
Walmart got a lot of bad publicity last year for doing exactly the same thing in an Ohio store, but obviously nothing has changed. Certainly the company hasn't raised wages for its workers, even though multiple analyses have found that Walmart could pay workers as much as $14.89 an hour without raising prices substantially or even necessarily at all.
Instead, though, Walmart workers are frequently asked to contribute money and goods they can't afford to help their co-workers who need it even more. That's not real concern from management, to say the least. As Cincinnati, Ohio, Walmart worker La'Randa Jackson says, "My co-workers and I don’t want food bins. We want Walmart and the Waltons to improve pay and hours so that we can buy our own groceries."
Next time Paul Ryan or any other opponent of raising the minimum wage wants to talk about the dignity of work, he might consider that.