I COME FROM A WORKING CLASS FAMILY AND I AM A CAPITALIST AT HEART, BUT i AM NOT A HEARTLESS CAPITALIST. WALMART CLAIMS IT HAS THE RIGHT TO PAY EMPLOYEES WHAT IT WANTS TO PAY AND CHARGE CUSTOMERS WHAT IT WANTS TO CHARGE. WHAT'S WRONG WITH THAT$ THAT IS OUR SYSTEM. CUSTOMERS LIKE LOWER PRICES AND WALMART MAKES A NICE PROFIT. IN FACT, FROM WHAT IS REPORTED IN THE MEDIA, MEMBERS OF THE WALTON FAMILY ARE AMONG THE WEALTHIEST PEOPLE IN THE UNITED STATES AND THE WORLD. THAT'S WONDERFUL FOR THEM - THEY EARNED IT, BUT THEY EARNED IT ON THE BACKS OF THEIR EMPLOYEES WHO WORK AT A LEVEL CLOSE TO POVERTY. THE YOUNG MAN QUOTED IN THE ARTICLE WHO IS HAPPY TO GET $9.00 AN HOUR IS JUST WHAT WALMART NEEDS, BUT CAN HE RAISE A FAMILY ON THAT, EVEN IN HIS STATE? WHAT KIND OF FUTURE WILL HE HAVE? I READ AN ARTICLE RECENTLY THAT COMPARES WALMART AND COSTCO. COSTCO PAYS SUBSTANTIALLY MORE IN WAGES AND BENEFITS; THE QUALITY OF ITS MERCHANDISE IS HIGH, AND ITS PRICES ARE ALSO LOW. PEOPLE I KNOW WHO WORK THERE ARE WELL TREATED LIKE PROFESSIONALS AND THEY RESPOND IN KIND. WHAT THE WALTONS ARE DOING IS LEGAL, BUT I DO NOT THINK IT IS MORAL OR GOOD FOR OUR COUNTRY. I DO NOT KNOW ANYONE WHO HATES COSTCO, BUT THERE ARE OBVIOUSLY A LOT OF PEOPLE WHO HATE AND FEAR WALMART. IF YOU DON'T CARE ABOUT WORKING PEOLES, EVEN IF YOU ARE ONE YOURSELF, CONSIDER HOW HARD MANY COMMUNITIES TRY TO KEEP WALMART OUT BECAUSE OF ITS EFFECT ON LOCAL MERCHANTS WHO FEAR BEING FORCED OUT OF BUSINESS. WHEN WILL WE LEARN THAT UNRESTRAINED CAPITALISM IS NOT A BLESSING TO OUR COUNTRY? MORE AND MORE MONEY IN THE HANDS OF A POWERFUL FEW WHO USE THEIR MONEY TO GAIN POLITICAL POWER, SUCH AS THE WALTONS AND THE KOCH BROTHERS ARE NOT OUR FRIENDS. DESPITE WHAT GORDON GECKO SAID ON SCREEN, GREED IS NOT GOOD. AND NEITHER IS IT A WAY TO TREAT EACH OTHER. .
Well, all I have to say ids if the people that work at WalMart win, They had better pick up their speed at the checkout and dress appropriately. One morning I went in to WalMart to pick up a few things. When I reached the register the cashier was wearing frickin pink sponge rollers in her hair! I was like..What the hell!
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sconcreteguy the dental may only be $3.00 but look at the bigger picture. Keep in mind I do not like unions either but when I can get medical coverage through my wife for $150.00 less per month at a company that is a dot on a map next to Wal-Mart then what are they doing for me. I have worked at Wal-Mart for almost 8 years and the concerns of thoes who where striking are very very real. I made more money ( $15.25 / hour ) for a company in 1972 after working for them only just over 1 year than I do for Wal - Mart after almost 8. Where is the great pay. Why are they not in the top 20 companys for treatment of employees ? Because intimadation is their game and they use all the time. They cut bennifits and hours, short hand shifts and expect 2 times the production from their people. Their products are cheeper because more than 90% of the junk is made in china or some other overseas company. I would rather pay a little more and by quality made here, with regulations on how it is made, than by second rate junk from Wal-Mart
If you don't want to work for Walmart, then don't do it. End of story. What do they expect to be paid? They have no skills that any teenager doesn't have. So why are their jobs supposed to pay more than any teenager would earn, namely minimum wage?
ewan72403, You have made a good point. If people want better wages they need to have a better education. . Working at WalMart is a low end job. Now days even a High School Diploma won't get you a decent job unless it is in a factory. Today, you have to have at least two years of college or work in the trades.
This whole thing is very confusing. When I've talked to Walmart employees myself, they don't understand why some employees are doing this. They've told me that they have great health and dental insurance at a lot lower cost than most other companies. They told me they only pay $3 a month for dental coverage. As far as the wages go, they are pretty competitive with other stores. So i really don't understand what some employees are complaining about. I do believe that this union is really stirring the pot and getting employees all worked up. It would mean quite a bit of money for them, if they get their union in Walmarts. Do these people realize how much of their paychecks would then go to the union out of each check? Unions are dying in this country and they're doing and saying anything it takes to hold on. I believe they are the problem. If these employees would do their homework and compare what they are getting to other companies, I think they'd back off. Us as consumers, would lose a lot if they do end up going union also. Higher prices plain and simple. Then where do you go to save money on everything? Tell the union to back off. Handle it by yourselves. Do you really understand what happens when the union comes in to businesses? You better find out before these guys take the extra money you think you're going to make!
I believe that you are right about the Unions. One of the reasons America has lost a lot of jobs overseas is because the Unions became greedy and now companies had an alternative. The Union could no longer threaten them.
Walmart truely the Armpit of discount stores !
I hope the workers succeed in making the changes or unionizing. Wal Mart is sizable and needs to do better if they are the world's biggest employer.
Yes, Comrades, we must support the workers in the struggle against the materialistic bourgeoisie by not bying cheap chinese made goods, made by forced labor of the chnese proletariet. Boycott Walmart .
It's a private business that makes a lot of money so automatically people believe they need to be taken care of. Life is not always people, but you choose your paths to the best degree possible. As for unions, dont forget that they place astronomical dues on the corporations which only benefit them and not the employees. Future opportunities, benefits, and raises become smaller and smaller as union fatcats get more and more. Striking is a dumb way to say your not smart enough to organize in large numbers, correctly, and discretely.