a republican friend who reads my blog told me the other night he thought i was a ‘liberal’. now i dont have any problem with this label, accept it probably doesnt apply. i’m a g-d damned independent. as i’ve said, neither party represents many of my views or interests.
when i asked him how he could be supportive of a government that fosters evil corporations like Walmart he took a offense. he actually tried defending them but we both realized we lacked any good facts to back up our opinions. when i told him the limited facts i did know, he said he doubted they were true but admitted that if there were, maybe my views had some merit.
i’ll add to this that over thanksgiving i got into the same debate with my sister who is an ethics prof. of course, being my sister, she argued vehemently against me until we realized that we agreed on our basic principles – that a corporation should only be held to two standards. those are the law and the market. i believe Walmart is failing at on the legal front and that the market will soon catch up. the stock is probably a good short in the near future. under so much scrutiny the company will have to end its highly profitable practices of driving down labor costs and avoiding medical costs.
anyway, here are some facts i gathered from the site of the Walmart movie. now before you yell at me about presenting ‘one sided’ facts (??), i will provide a link here and you will be able to see the complete sources behind all of these which are incredibly well documented.
are Enrolled in Medicaid
PeachCare for Kids
$30,000 UNDERCOVER SPY VAN per store
$100,000 24 hour ANTI-UNION
$7,000,000 Rapid response team with CORPORATE JET
off-the-clock class action suit in Colorado
In Texas it is estimated that Walmart cheated workers out of up to $150 million in unpaid wages
- "In a recently certified class-action suit in Texas on behalf of more than
200,000 current and former Wal-Mart workers, statisticians estimate that the
company underpaid its Texas workers by $150 million over four years by not
paying them for the many times they worked during their daily 15-minute breaks.
That $150 million estimate does not include other types of unpaid work. The
statisticians, who analyzed time records from 12 Wal-Mart stores, found that the
Texas employees averaged at least one hour of unpaid work each week from working
- Source: Steven Greenhouse, "Suits Say Wal-Mart Workers Forced To Toil Off
The Clock," New York Times, June 25, 2002 [reprinted via Common
Wal-Mart Managers delete time from workers’ timecards
- In Massachusetts, "a Middlesex court judge has put his imprimatur on a suit
alleging the retail giant failed to pay employees for time worked and neglected
to give them meal and rest breaks, the Herald has learned. The eight-page ruling
by Superior Court Judge Ernest B. Murphy cites an affidavit by a computer expert
hired by the plaintiffs. The expert allegedly found 7,000 instances during a
one-year period when Wal-Mart managers deleted large blocks of time from their
employee payroll records."
- Source: John Strahinich, "Judge OKs Employee Lawsuit Against Wal-Mart," Boston
Herald, January 7, 2005.
wage and hour abuses potentially involving hundreds of thousand workers.
Federal Poverty Level Family of Four – $17,650
Average Wal-Mart Hourly Sales Employee Wages – $13,861
Wal-Mart is paying eleven million dollars to settle Federal
allegations it used illegal immigrants to clean its stores.
WAL-MART SUBSIDY NATIONWIDE: $1.008 BILLION (from cities)
Currently in the U.S. there are
26,699,678 SQUARE FEET of empty WAL-MARTS
2001: EPA orders WAL-MART to pay $1.0
MILLION fine for Clean Water Violations in: TEXAS, OKLAHOMA AND
2004: WAL-MART fined $3.1 MILLION by
EPA, the largest ever for a retailer, for Clean Water Act violations in TEXAS,
COLORADO, CALIFORNIA, DELAWARE, MICHIGAN, SOUTH DAKOTA, NEW JERSEY, TENNESSEE
WAL-MART Imported $18 BILLION from
CHINA in 2004
The WALTON FAMILY Has Given LESS THAN 1% of Their Wealth to
Bill Gates has given 58%
In 2004, WAL-MART Employees gave OVER $5 MILLION to help fellow
The Walton Family gave $6,000
The WALTON FAMILY received a federal tax cut of: $91,500.00 per HOUR
in the 2004 tax year
69 incidents of robbery, rape and
murder in Walmart parking lots in first 7 months of 2005
131 communities have voted Walmarts