A Walmart in northeast Ohio is holding a holiday canned food drive — for its own underpaid employees. “Please Donate Food Items Here, so Associates in Need Can Enjoy Thanksgiving Dinner,” a sign reads in the employee lounge of a Canton-area Walmart.
Kory Lundberg, a Walmart spokesman, says the drive is a positive thing. “This is part of the company’s culture to rally around associates and take care of them when they face extreme hardships,” he said. Indeed, Lundberg is correct that it’s commendable to make an effort to help out those who are in need, especially during the holidays.
But the need for a food drive illustrates how difficult it is for Walmart workers to get by on its notoriously low pay. The company has long been plagued by charges that it doesn’t pay its employees a real living wage. In fact, Walmart’s President and CEO, Bill Simon, recently estimated that the majority of its one million associates make less than $25,000 per year, just above the federal poverty line of $23,550 for a family of four. When the Washington DC city council passed a living wage bill requiring Walmart to pay workers a minimum of $12.50 per hour, the chain threatened to shut down its new stores if Mayor Vincent Gray didn’t veto the bill. Gray vetoed the bill.
Walmart’s low wages come at a public cost. Because low-income workers still need housing and health care, taxpayers end up doling out millions in benefits to bridge the gap faced by many of the store’s retail workers. They have also led to strikes at Walmart stores from Seattle to Chicago to Los Angeles in recent weeks.
Even if the canned food drive successfully gathers enough to help out the Canton store’s low-income workers, many of them might not even be able to have the food on Thanksgiving. That’s because Walmart is one of a group of retailers that will open its stores for Black Friday sales beginning at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving afternoon.
I’m already deep into my Holiday Blues and this just might send me over the edge!
Kory Lundberg, a Walmart spokesman, says the drive is a positive thing. “This is part of the company’s culture to rally around associates and take care of them when they face extreme hardships,”
First of all this bytch azz spokesman can kiss the pink part of every walmart employees azz! Seriously!
So you want your already broke and struggling employees to rally around each other and try to find a way to give what they truly can’t afford to give!
But giving these same struggling employees a gift card to your own store would just be doing too much, right?
How this person can form the words positive thing in his mouth just really bothers my soul!
A positive thing would be to not be open at 6pm on Thanksgiving!
A positive thing would be to give these employees a gift card (as small as $25) for each holiday, Thanksgiving and Christmas!
A positive thing would be to pay them a living wage!
A positive thing would be to allow employees to have full time status so they can get insurance!
A positive thing would be to do the EXACT OPPOSITE of everything you are currently doing!
I hate this store!!