Shopping Trips Do Not Include Wal-Mart

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    Shopping Plans Don't Include A Stop at Wal-Mart
    By Ted Rueter, Herald-Times
    July 15, 2005

    Wal-Mart is the world's largest corporation, having recently surpassed General Motors and ExxonMobil. In 2003, it took in nearly $250 billion in revenue - more than the entire GDP of Israel and Ireland combined.

    It generates nearly $7 billion a year in profits. It has 4,400 stores worldwide - 3,600 of them in the United States. It is the world's largest employer, with 1.3 million "associates." It is the world's biggest seller of groceries, jewelry, photo processing, dog food and vitamins - and it's now moving into gasoline, banking, used cars, flower delivery and Internet access. Five of the 10 richest people in the world are Waltons.

    I have never spent a dime at Wal-Mart. And I never will. Why? Let me count the ways:

    • Wal-Mart pays low wages. In 2001, Wal-Mart sales clerks earned an average of $8.23 an hour, or $13,861 a year. That's nearly $800 below the federal poverty line for a family of three.

    • Employees receive no health-care benefits unless they have worked for the company for two years. With a turnover rate average above 50 percent a year, only 38 percent of Wal-Mart's employees have health-care coverage.

    • Wal-Mart employees in Georgia are nearly six times more likely to rely on state-provided health care than are employees of other large companies.

    • Each year in California, reliance on public assistance programs by Wal-Mart workers costs the state's taxpayers $86 million.

    • Wal-Mart destroys local businesses. Wal-Mart practices "predatory pricing." They come into a community and sell their products at below cost until they have driven local firms out of business. Prices go up once they have captured the market. An Iowa State University study found that in the first decade after Wal-Mart arrived, the state lost 111 men's and boys' apparel stores, 116 drug stores, 153 shoe stores, 158 women's apparel stores, 161 variety stores, 293 building supply stores, 298 hardware stores and 555 grocery stores.

    • The company boasts that 70 percent of its employees are full time, but it counts anyone working 28 hours a week or more as "full time."

    • Wal-Mart portrays itself as super-patriotic - but every year, Wal-Mart purchases $15 billion worth of products from China. Wal-Mart uses over 3,000 Chinese factories to produce its goods. It is the world's largest importer of Chinese-made products.

    • The company is the record-holder for the most suits filed against it by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. It had to pay a $750,000 fine for blatant discrimination in Arizona against the disabled. An incensed judge ordered them to air commercials confessing their guilt!

    • Wal-Mart is rabidly anti-union. Officials stand ready to jump on a corporate jet on a moment's notice to bust whispers of union organizing. For example, when 11 meat cutters at the Super-Center in Jacksonville, Texas, signed union cards, Wal-Mart announced that it was closing its meatcutting operations in all stores; from now on, it would buy its meat prepackaged from companies using nonunion labor. Wal-Mart would rather close an entire operation than allow unionization.

    • Nearly 1 million women are involved in the nation's largest class action lawsuit against a corporation. While women comprise over 65 percent of Wal-Mart's work force, only 10 percent of them are managers. On average, the women who become store managers make $16,400 a year less than the men.

    • Wal-Mart has been cited by the National Labor Relations Board for numerous labor law violations, including illegal spying on employees, falsifying time cards to avoid paying overtime, fraudulent record keeping and illegal firings for union organizing.

    The next time you're tempted to go to Wal-Mart for the convenience and the low, low prices, don't. Economic justice, community sustainability, workers' rights, gender equality and the American national interest are all far more important.
     
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    Another baseless Wal-Mart attack piece.... geeze... isn't this getting old? Wal-Mart wouldn't be donig so well and wouldn't have people waiting in line for jobs if they were even half as bad as the rabid left and union organizations make them out to be. They aren't liked ONLY because they are anti-union. So what? They have that right. Contrary to popular belief, this is not YET a socialist country. But I guess if some have their way, we will be. Then those folks can work for vouchers to go to their local store to get whatever rations of the week the government will allow.

    Get real.
     
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    On this we agree. Just about all the Walmarts I've been in, hire teens and women, sure there are a few men, many of whom are retired cops. (No, I'm NOT kidding.)

    Not all women certainly, but I would guess most, have insurance under their husband's coverage. Ditto for the teens.

    As for 50% turnover, what do you think McD's, GAP, etc are? They too tend towards min. wage, paying medical only to those over 32 hours per week. Bet those are few and far between.
     
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    I get so tired of seeing these tired old attack pieces.

    If you open the phone book here in Vegas, there are over 600 different Von's, Albertson's, and Smith's Grocery stores, 100's of Home Depots, 100's of Lowe's, etc. but nobody ever complains about them. There are 2 Sam's Clubs in Vegas but four Costco stores... Costco is a HUGE DNC contributor, so of course, they never get attacked.
     
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    Pretty much everything in the original post is true. And has been the case for several years.
    However, Wal-Mart is no worse than many fast food places. McDonalds has actually fired workers for calling in sick. Only their stated reason is "insubordination" -- the employee refused to follow orders to come to work.
    Starbucks is a much more predatory workplace than Wal-Mart ever will be. The Starbucks chain is known to open locations close to major competitors, force them out of business, then close up and move to a more favorable location. The CVC drug chain does much the same thing.

    Places like Wal-Mart will ALWAYS flourish, because they offer employment. If you don't have a job and seriously need one, you are willing to put up with a lot of things.
    People will always shop at places like Wal-Mart because of the low prices. If you work long hours for little money, you want someplace that has low prices and is open 24 hours.

    And yes, some of us protest people are tremendously hypocritical. I kept up with a long-standing fight that Austin residents had trying to keep a Super Wal-Mart from opening. After finally losing the fight, the residents predicted that the store would fail because no one would patronize it, and called for a boycott to get their point across. During the opening week, the police had to control traffic because the store and parking lot were so overcrowded.
     
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    $8.23 for standing behind a giant calculater that does all the work for you? You just have to put stuff in to a bag?

    I'd say that's pretty damn good..

    What do you *think* such a mindless job should pay?
     
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    And let's not forget the "self-serve" lines where you scan, bag, and pay for everything there.

    Oh..there is one person watching..in case the paper receipt jams or something.
     
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    Good point.. I wonder how much that job pays.. Changing receipt paper is MUCH more difficult than reading a display of numbers...
     
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    They do have to keep the plastic bags stocked though.

    All that walking....
     
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    however I will admitt I do shop there from time to time...2cycle oil for the boat is really cheap compared to the boat shops...and miscellaneous auto supplies and hardware are good deals too....!
     

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