Is Walmart’s request of associates to help provide Thanksgiving dinner for co-workers proof of low wages? | cleveland.com. From the Cleveland Plain Dealer November 18, 2013. Walmart low wage associates have been asked to help out other low wages employees (at Walmart), so they can enjoy a Thanksgiving dinner.
This has become the modern conundrum of the Race to the Bottom, (Also called Trickledown Economics – which started in the 1980’s). Walmart, the number one largest retailer in America, and the largest employer in the USA with 1.3 million employees (see link: 10 largest employers in USA) ,with its low price guarantee on prices of products as well as wages to its employees has asked its workers to help out its own Walmart Associates in need. On the face of it, it seems like Walmart, may care about some of its employees. That may be true if Walmart were a community outreach program and NOT the nation’s #1 employer. To have Walmart asking its employees to contribute (while not contributing part of its $ 17 billion in profit for 2012-2013 year to their own employees) – just reminds me of how we are constantly being nickle and dimed (see wikipedia link to “Nickel and Dimed: on (Not) Getting By in America” by Barbara Ehrenreich) out of everything, but, overall, it truly amplifies the current problem: Walmart pays its employees indecently, and yet, the ask more of their employees. But probably saddest of all, the rest of America follows Walmart’s lead.
Lately, Walmart has been flooding its airwaves with its propaganda of commercials bragging about the various benefits that certain employees may obtain. However, if you note – none of these employees ever mentioned that a living wage was one of them. The minimum wage is $7.85 per hour in Ohio. 80% of Americans believe that the minimum wage should be raised to $10.10 per hour.
The moral of the story: we need to be less like China-Mart, er Walmart, meaning getting away from substandard wages, and staying away from the Chinese made, poor quality items of unknown safety. We need to make things in America, quality items and paying our workers a decent wage so they can afford to buy things again.