America’s worst employer, Walmart, is at it again. Last year the company experienced a humiliating backlash for holding in-store food drives with bins for their “hungry” and “needy” Walmart “associates” instead of paying them a living wage. Almost unbelievably, they are running the same food drives this year! The effective message of this program? “Give to your co-workers so we don’t have to.”
Walmart made profits of $16 billion last year. Their owners have a combined worth of $148.8 billion. But we taxpayers spend an estimated $6.2 billion a year subsidizing low wages for Walmart workers through federal assistance programs. And according to a food industry watchdog report, Walmart is a major contributor to the hunger crisis affecting a large segment of the population because of low wages and part-time, no benefits jobs.
Walmart workers don’t want food bins. As one worker recently said, “we want improved pay and hours so we can buy our own groceries.” This Thanksgiving season, send a message to Walmart about its outrageous practices: DON”T SHOP THERE!
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