Skip to comments.Wal Mart's Exploitive Practices Attacked By Website
Posted on 05/26/2005 6:27:37 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued
Because of Wal-Mart's inadequate wages and benefits, Wal-Mart employees are eligible for $2.5 billion in Federal assistance, which comes from your tax dollars.
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I am afraid I understand what is your answer. I hope that you are only pretending.
I am not saying there shouldn't be. They should be in proportion to how well you treat your employees though.
I have participated in one of those programs and made it through. I'm not blaming all employers, just certain ones. If you can't make it through my ramblings, maybe you should go to a program and brush up on your reading comprehension skills. My particular job from that stint finally left town as so many do. I found another one with the government. I would have preferred a good company, but the hours with the government job were better for raising three children.
If my writing skills are that defective, I'll get some help with that on my end. There is help out there. I'm thinking of a Studs Terkel type book with conversations with Wal Mart employees, if Wal Mart doesn't get wind of it and threaten them not to talk or they will be penalized and/or fired if they can get away with it.
Most of those programs are scams anyway. They get people in them who just don't have the mental capacity to learn the skill for some jobs that don't exist if and when they get through, and people make money off running them which would be more government employees.
I hear you. My only comment as to greedy and inconsiderate is that I doubt they do their shopping at Wal Mart, although I think a few probably do. I doubt any politician's spouse shops at Wal Mart.
As to the great ambitions and lust for power, I can think of one like that whose name starts with H, but I haven't thought the spousal ambition part through and don't know any politicians up close lately, only what I hear on the news. I never quite figured out the spouse of the politician whose name started with T and had something to do with that stuff you put on your hot dogs and hamburgers. I really kind of concluded that he was the one with the ambition, she was the one with the assets and was along for the ride for reasons I'm not sure about.
For the record -- and this is my last post for awhile tonight -- I do not consider them "losers." These are people caught in large, complicated economic systems. They grew up being told and believing that not much would ever change and then...everything changed. Now, some of them are waiting for it to "change back," but it never will.
Also for the record, I suspect that you live in a small town. If so, trust me on this -- nothing is as bad or as ugly as the arrogance of the "small town upper crust." I've seen the arrogance of Park Avenue and Fifth Avenue types and it doesn't compare. Not even close.
I have worked for other large companies in the US that had fewer (read zero) benefits, even for management. Wal-Mart is not alone in this.
Since when did benefits become mandatory? They are incentives to draw better employees. $$ work as well.
Please tell me what dollar amount you consider to be "a living wage".
Why do you care?
I do know a tad bit about small town arrogance and the gossip that accompanies it which is one of the disadvantages of living in one unless you find a nice one, if one exists.
One advantage to a larger area is that you blend in with the crowd and have a little more anonymity; i.e., people don't know you or your business as much. And some of those people are nice in their own way. I don't like to paint all people at all times with such a broad brush. I stay out of politics in my area because things are really ugly where I live at the moment.
Yes, sadly, for some people waiting for things to change back, it never will. We can agree on that. It isn't necessarily their own fault or stupidity that got them there. Sometimes it is. Sometimes it isn't.
Because you obviously have a dollar amount in mind and I'd like to know what you think it should be.
In my area, $10 (single only) to $16 per hour minimum. In other areas that wouldn't even come close. It does depend on which part of the country you live in. In some places in the south you might be able to support yourself on $8 per hour and live independently, but probably not if you have dependents.
I wouldn't even want to take a stab at what it would be for California. Northern might be a little better than southern but not by a whole lot.
During the Viet Nam war in the mid '60's, we were able to rent a small, odd little 3-bedroom house in a nice, small town in a decent neighborhood for $75 per month. I was very thankful to have that. That would be impossible today.
You should read the books by William W. Johnstone, especially the Out of the Ashes series. It is a shame that he died last year.
I appreciate your answer. Most entry level jobs start below that, but people who are decent employees get raises rapidly at Walmart, Costco etc. Employers value good employees because the costs to replace them are high. Unions limit what good employees can earn and the union protects the bad employee. Why would an employer want to deal with a union?
If you do not like Wal Mart then do not shop there! It is that simple.
But the left hates success. They feel they are entitled to whatever anyone else has, just from a gift from the government.
No - you are a masochist because you claim not to like it, yet keep coming right back to where it had happened and saying the exact same things that caused it to happen. either grow an alligator hide or drop the subject. And BTW - I have been called far worse than any of those things - but one thing I've never been called, and thatis a racist - yet you feel that it was quite alright to call those who disagree with you racists without knowing anything about them.
I feel for your friend, and have no problem with her and her mother getting some assistance when it is needed - so don't put words in my mouth or get all high and mighty with me.
As to some of us not wanting to live in the type house she lived in, how the heck do you know? I know for sure there are lots of people that wouldn't want to live in my house or where I live - but I really don't care. All that matters is me and my family are happy here.
You are a whiny, little masochist who also happens to be a racist and all because others look at things with in a logical, rational frame of reference and not some touchy-feely attitude more appropriate for bleeding heart liberals than conservatives.
Oh, and one more thing - it would please me to NO END if you didn't talk to me anymore.
This is public forum. If you do not want people to talk to you start first - do not talk.
You are totally in left field if you believe this - and have obviously never been a small business owner.
You need to get out more.............
BTW, I do not feel sorry for you. We have a small company we started. During the rough rimes, we did without a pay check so the employees got paid. This went on for several months. We cut back on what we spent. I would imagine this would be true of many small companies.
You are so right on the money!!!!! I've worked on Park Avenue and on Wall Street, but have now spent the majority of my adult life in what a native New Yorker (such as myself) considers small town America, even though until 2 years ago I was in a state Capitol.
One advantage, though, of the small town living is that the politicians can't really hide. They are your neighbors, the local shop owners, the parents of your kids' firends.......you run into them in the supermarket, the dry cleaner, the hardware store, and in Walmart.
Well, A. hole, it is a public forum and your leftwing nonsense is getting old. I see you still refuse to answer a simple question.
Have you started a business to create jobs for others?
I would venture to say this is true for the vast majority of small companies - I know, because I've been there too!!!!!
Are we having fun yet? (VBEG!!!)
I have been wondering the same thing.
It wouldn't be a Saturday without it.
I was born in MS but I have never heard of that place. Where is it?
Of course not (tee hee)
I have to say, I've never been in MS, and so took the reference at face value - maybe I shouldn't have.
Well, I thought the same thing. Why in the world are you so against Wal Mart and not the other chains? It sure isn't the made in China deal. I was in a well known department store. Just about everything I picked up was made over there!
Excuse me. Just who are the losers who work at Wal Mart? The people I see are students looking for a little extra money or retired people getting out of the house. A loser can better themselves if they want to. It is a matter of priority.
WJC was a big promoter of that.
My ancestors were over here before the Revolution War. In fact, some were here before the first settlers came over here. Let's see, I have ancestors from Scotland, Ireland, England, France or Germany depending on where Alsace-Lorraine was way back then and Native American. I really enjoy doing genealogy research and learning about my ancestors and what they went through to settle this country.
Like someone said, you really need to get rid of all that anger.
hey, those people can use money too. great, it's a free country. but don't pretend you're doing anything but providing sub-subsistence level of income for families other than the manager's. (and the good folks in China)
You are really funny. I learned this first hand, thank you very much.
What does free market have to do with wars?
What does Canada or Russia have to do with Wal Mart?
Many wars were caused by the social crisis and instability. Problems can be exported or solved by warfare.
Nothing directly. I was pointing to the fact that what what things are necessary is relative to the country/culture/climate etc ...
People must insulated housing and heat in cold climate, otherwise they will revolt or die.
In Central America you can do without heating. The living wage in Russia/Canada includes the cost of heating. In Central America it does not.
Some have been talking about Rush. Do they know how many times he picked himself up before he started making GOOD money?
I am a Bible believing fundamentalist and believe me I am no simpleton!!!! Do you consider all Southern Baptists simpletons? If so, you need to be pitied.
I can tell you what real joy is. It is losing a beloved daughter before her time and finding out you can still smile. Her birthday is on June 2---the 2nd year without her. Even in the midst of heart wrenching grief, I can smile!! That is what she would want me to do.
I just posted a message to her about losing Jan. It is a joy that I can smile even in the midst of the most heart wrenching grief any parent can go through. Her birthday is June 2nd.
God Bless you.
If there is any truth about the woman who got laid off one day shy of her bonus, then Wal-Mart is not worthy of any employee loyalty.