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Wal-Mart's pros & cons
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A lot of people know the history of Walmart, but if you did not know then let me fill you in a bit on some Walmart history.
Sam Walton was a farmer's son who survived "The Great Depression" and a war. After his service he purchased a variety store after shortly working in the retail business. His first business was going great until the property owner wouldn't renew his lease. On May 9, 1950 Sam opened a store in Bentonville, Arkansas. His standard for achieving success relied on him making sale prices lower than his competitors and reducing the store's profit margin. In the mid 60's Walton's assistant Bob Boggle had tagged the 5 & 10 store as Walmart permanently. Sam imported goods from China to undersell his competitors. By 1980 Walmart was a billion dollar company with stores operating across 28 states.
Today Wal-Mart is a big part of corporate America and rapidly everywhere else. The reason for this article is to discuss and inform people of how much of Sam Walton's standards went out the door when he passed away in 1992.
First of we'll look at some Pros and Cons of Walmart in your neighborhood.
Walmart's health insurance approach:
Walmart has one of the worst policies for health insurance in corporate America. Their pay is low and demand is high. Walmart encourages employees to get on public assistance, medicaid and public housing to compensate for their paying of low wages. They are not shy about this and the average employee struggles to live a prosperous life working at Walmart. Most employees spend their checks minutes after cashing it right at their job. Employees have noticed a significant change in Walmart's policies since Sam Walton's death. Walmart offers health insurance but at a high price of about $75 out of each check but pay an average of $7 an hour. It is not the WalMart that Sam built. Here are some statistics that might shed light on what I'm getting at.
In Alabama: 3,998 children of Walmart employees are enrolled in Medicaid
In Arizona: 2,785 workers are on medicaid
In Arkansas: 4220 workers are on public assistance
In Connecticut: 965 workers have children on state health care plan
In Florida: 12,456 workers and their dependents are on medicaid
In Georgia: 10,287 are enrolled in Peachcare for kids.
In Massachusetts: 4,199 workers and families depend on state health care
In Tennessee: 9,676 workers depend on state health care
In Texas: 4,389 children of Walmart employees are on state health care
In Wisconsin: 1,276 employees and dependents on Badgercare
In actuality that means that the taxpayer pays for what Walmart does not want to pay for. How much does that cost us? 1,558,000,000 is the price tax payers pay to support Walmart employees, a multi-billion dollar company. In 2014 taxpayers paid out 18 million dollars to Walmart employees and dependents in Boston.
Most people who work at Walmart are not happy. I know people who have worked there for years and only got a $1 raised. Walmart is the most anti-union company in America. Most workers are snooped on and work areas are heavily video tape to persuade employees to not to fight for any rights. here are some startling facts about how they use their power to manipulate. Walmart spends a lot of money making sure their workers never gain any rights.
$7000 for Anti-union camera packages per store
$30,000 for an undercover spy van per store
$100,000 to run a 24 hour Anti-Union hot line
$7,000,000 on a rapid response team with a corporate jet (for anti union work)
Lee Scott is the CEO of Walmart is full of BS. Walmart has paid out millions in law suits. Most settlements are based on employees getting ripped off on hours they worked. Walmart managers are responsible for reducing expenses every month and the only way they know how to do that is with the employees hours and pay. Aside of their health care issues and poor pay Walmart is known to discriminate against woman in the workplace. Currently Walmart faces one of the biggest suits in America. The company was using illegal immigrants for years to clean their stores for a special low price.
Walmart gets funding to enter cities and set up shop. It use to be a community acceptance issue but now it seems like they are everywhere and in some cases are unwanted. Every time they set up shop in a new city, town or providence they threatened the prosperity of family businesses.
Subsidies given to Walmart by cities is in the excess of hundreds of millions. The city of Missouri received over 31 millions dollars in subsidies, a city who is short on police, schools and many other resources. In Illinois they received 100 million in subsidies and the money was needed for their school system. School programs have been cut nation wide to bring Walmart to a town near you. Currently there is nearly 27 million square feet of empty Walmarts in America, that's enough to build about 30,000 much needed classrooms.
Walmart's approach to the environment:
Walmart has a lot of commercials about how they help the environment but here are some contrary facts;
1999: All new Walmart construction had been halted in the state of Pennsylvania due to state and federal environmental violations
2001: The EPA orders Walmart to pay out a $1 million dollar fine for clean water violations in 3 states: Texas, Oklahoma and Massachusetts
2004: Fined 3.1 million by EPA for clean water act violations in 9 states which was the highest fine for a retailer ever.
YOU WOULD THINK THEY WOULD LEARN BY THEN BUT....
2005: Connecticut EPA ordered Walmart to pay 1.15 million for clean water act violations in 22 stores statewide.
Notice how some things are cheap at Walmart and some are just about the same or more? Wal-Mart uses a price grid that makes some things cheaper but other things more expensive to try to even out the losses. Sam Walton created this store with the buy more , pay less quote. Most employees will tell you that it's more like work more and get paid less. Sure it's good to have a store that haves everything you need all in one place. Sure it's great to have a K-mart and Supermarket type store in one. I bet some of you love the fact that you can get groceries at Walmart. Keep supporting their grocery isles and your supermarkets will soon start disappearing too. Keep supporting young kids and under paid Asians across seas working for Walmart living like dogs. Walmart pays $3 a day for workers at their Chinese warehouses. Do you know why you can buy cheap clothes and toys from Walmart? Well, ask the underpaid Chinese employees across seas.
Walmart imported $18 billion worth of goods in 2004 from China. Their outsourcing has effected the American dream drastically. In Bangladesh, India nearly 200,000 woman sew clothes for Walmart. They work 14 hour shifts, 7 days a week and most of them live in poverty and can't even afford a toothbrush. At one location in Bangladesh woman are known to sleep by the factory because they only have a couple of hours and then have to get back to work or they cant afford to take a bus home everyday. These woman have no rights and are beaten when they work under expected performance.
Now we all have seen these Walmart commercials where they say they give back to the community right? Well in 2004 Walmart employees gave over $5 million dollars for the CRITICAL NEED FUND to help fellow workers in times of need, house fires, hospital bills etc.. The Walton family gave $6000 to that same fund. Compare that to the 3.2 million dollars they gave to political parties in 2004, it's no wonder why they get those subsidies. In that same year the Walton family got a federal tax cut of $91,500.00 per hour. The Walton's live a lustrous lifestyle and it has been the taxpayers and under paid workers that have gotten them to that point. Their expensive jets and numerous houses is the reason why you'll never get a raised. Besides the health care issues, under paid outsourcing, anti-union practices and poor work places conditions there's the problem with Walmart security systems. Walmart focuses on protecting their properties rather their consumers. Walmart parking lot violence is a major issue in America. In the US alone within the last 10 years 200 people have died in the parking lots or have been victims in the parking lot and then taking elsewhere. Woman have been raped, people have been robbed and assaulted and WalMart with it's 100's of cameras and security guards are more focused on spying on employees than protecting their consumers.
Well how can Walmart be beneficial? That depends, are you one of the CEOs? That seems like the only way there is a good thing about Walmart. Sure it's cool to buy everything you need at one place but what is the price aside of the price that you pay? Stop Wal-Mart picketing is on the rise across the world. If you shop at Walmart and really don't care about the politics then at least show support for the humanities those picketers are fighting for. Walmart is a monopoly business. They corporate ways effect us all. Write to your congressman, join these picketers and their cause. Cities across the US are banning Walmarts from their land, join their fight and vote no on a Walmart near you. Support that and you'll support those local mom & pop shops and local businesses.
SHAME ON YOU WALMART! Here's headliners on Walmart.
Attorney General sues for inflating prices with sugar tax on Coca-Cola Packs. Story by Forbes
Wal-Mart still hasn't paid on Black Friday DEATH! Story by Huffington Post
Lastly I mention that there are many organizations that have stood up to Walmart. There are many people who are aware of the impact that a super center can mean in their neighborhood.
If Walmart had a union then they wouldn't have these problems and there is hope in that part thanks to sites, organizations and communities like Making Change At Walmart
As mentioned before Walmart spends more money pertaining to security of their own employees rather the security of their consumers. So all those special cameras you see in Walmart are there to keep an eye on there employees. So much is spent on spying on there own that they never focused on the parking lot outside where consumers are being robbed, rape and murdered. In 2005 alone check out all these crimes that happened in a Walmart parking lot in 1 year.
Original Source: http://www.walmartmovie.com/crime_parkinglots.php
On November 11, 2011 Alice Walton opened the doors to a museum in Benotonville, Arkansas. it cost 1.2 billion dollars. Also 100,000's of employees got there health care benefits taken from them.