Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Walmart's Thanksgiving food bank

Walmart (Photo credit: matteson.norman)
Walmart doesn't pay workers enough for them to afford Thanksgiving dinner, so they're holding a food drives for their employees. Seriously. The Cleveland Plain Dealer reported that Walmart stores in Ohio have bins set up for underpaid associates to donate canned goods to other underpaid associates.1
We have a better idea, Walmart: Pay your workers enough to put food on the table.
It's great that workers are looking out for one another, but nobody who works for one of the richest companies in the world should have to worry about not having enough to eat.
This is hardly the first time Walmart has asked for charity so they can avoid paying employees enough to get by. Low-income workers still need food, housing and healthcare, so taxpayers end up paying up to $1.7 million in public benefits per Walmart Superstore.2
We're proud to stand with the workers who think they should be able to afford their own Thanksgiving dinners.
In solidarity,
Alesa Mackool

It has ever been thus:  Andrew Carnegie went fishing at his private estate in Scottland, leaving his henchman Frick to fight the steelworkers during the Homestead Strike.  He couldn't give his workers decent wages, but he could leave his fortune to a foundation.

Shouldn't charity begin at home?

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