Rich Fools: Confoundingly Oblivious Walmart Still Says Give To Your Co-Workers So We Don't Have To
They did it again! Despite massive backlash when they pulled this crap last year, Walmart is again holding in-store food drives with bins asking "associates" to "succeed" by helping out co-workers who are hungry and in need because the company that last year raked in profits of $16 billion - putting their combined worth at $148.8 billion, or the same as the bottom 42% of the country - refuses to pay them a living wage. Last year, the bins were in Ohio, where workers are now striking; this year, there are bins at least in Oklahoma, and reported bake sales in Indiana.
This, as taxpayers spend an estimated $6.2 billion a year subsidizing low wages for Walmart workers through federal assistance programs, and a food industry watchdog report finds Walmart a major contributor to a hunger crisis whose most common root cause is attributed to low wages and part-time work, and Walmart uses a broader “culture to rally around associates" to pressure white-collar employees to contribute to a company PAC allowing them to influence elections and thus continue their slimy practices, even nearer the top of the pyramid.
From the bottom come the Oklahoma worker who posted the bin photo anonymously out of fear of retaliation, and the Ohio worker who so eloquently explained what's wrong with it. From La'Randa Jackson: "My co-workers and I don’t want food bins. We want (the Waltons) to improve pay and hours so that we can buy our own groceries." So much for Paul Ryan's "dignity of work."
Next week, Making Change at Walmart and other groups are promising to stage over 1,600 protests nationwide, or the largest Black Friday strikes in history, to demand $15 an hour and full-time work. Look for them, and fuck Walmart.