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Defending Walmart

Updated on January 26, 2018
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Jack is currently a volunteer at the Westchester County Archives. Jack has worked at IBM for over 28 years.

Defending Wal-mart and the Free Enterprise system

There has been quite a bit of Walmart bashing lately and I am just trying to even the playing field. Walmart does a lot of good for all families by keeping prices low and providing products that people want. I have no agenda in creating this lens. I don't own their stock but I do shop in their stores. I just want a fair presentation of the facts and let the truth speak for themselves.

- Jan. 2007

Background

After the tax reform of 2017, Walmart announce they will be raising the minimum wage for all their associates to $11 per hour. In addition, many long time employees will be given a one time bonus of $1000. This is great news for the vast number of Walmart employees.

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Summary

Walmart is the largest retail store in the US. They provide for low prices on all their products. Their stores have a vast number of products. You can shop almost all your needs in one location.

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    • jackclee lm profile imageAUTHOR

      Jack Lee 

      9 months ago from Yorktown NY

      I don’t know her case in specific, but I was commenting in general. There are obviously part time workers before the enactment of ACA. Some people chose to work P/T for various reasons. However, with the ACA mandate that people must be given health coverage if full time employee ( more than 30 hours per week) that is the big game changer. Many employers decided to reduce their worker’s hours so they don’t fall under the mandate. That is why P/T workers started to sky rocket. I hope this is clear. Many small business owners cite this as the primary reason. It is not rocket science.

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      Linda Lum 

      9 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Jack, nice try, but her hours were below the requirement long before the ACA (she's been at that store 14 years), but now she is not even close to qualifying. The Walton family are multi-billionaires and have just started paying their Midwest employees $9.00 per hour.

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      Jack Lee 

      9 months ago from Yorktown NY

      Linda, guess who you can thank for the part time workers...?

      It was the ACA that created the environment where many businesses, in order to avoid the mandate to cover health care, converted many of their employees to part time.

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      Linda Lum 

      9 months ago from Washington State, USA

      The Lord giveth, and the Lord taketh away. On the same day that Wal-Mat announced the $1,000 bonuses (which, by the way, are only for those who have been with the company for 20 years or more--i.e. management?), numerous Sams Club stores were closed.

      And, now that those bonuses have been paid, the weekly hours scheduled for associates are being drastically CUT!!! My daughter's hours are so low that it no longer makes sense for her to even work there anymore (because of the cost of transportation), and she doesn't qualify for benefits because she is less than "full time".

      Thanks Wal-Mart, and nice to see that the Trump tax-cut to business is trickling down to the workers. NOT!!!

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      anonymous 

      9 years ago

      very nice. I like that you posted these dependable sources, it's not just another person's opinion with scattered vague "facts" which is what you see on many of the anti-walmart sites. You're right, if anyone reads this, and puts their emotions to the side, they should be able to clearly see all of the beneficial things walmart has done.

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      Jack Lee 

      11 years ago from Yorktown NY

      Kimberly, the links are the defense. If you went to the links, you will get a different picture of what the common perception of Wal-mart is. I could summarize it in my own words but that would be redundant. Beside, who would take my word. You certainly made up your mind.

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      KimberlyDawnWel1 

      11 years ago

      If this lens is about definding WalMart I expected to see just that, but there is nothing here defending WalMart. Simply a list of links so we can make our own decision. I doubt anyone would change their mind based on an ability to make their own decision - it's already made.

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      Jack Lee 

      11 years ago from Yorktown NY

      I agree Wal-mart is not perfect. No Corporation for profit is. The overall assessment should be whether it is a good enterprise. If it is well ran, it strifes for low prices and quality of products, that is a good thing. Ultimately, I believe it should be let the market decide.

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      Snowfarie 

      11 years ago

      Nice lens, but here's proof it isn't all hype on the negative side of Wal-Mart.The family featured defended Wal-Mart at one time too.

      http://www.squidoo.com/truthaboutwalmart/

      Wal-Mart does a good job of keeping the real people's stories from being heard. I lens-rolled you.

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      Allan R. Wallace 

      11 years ago from Wherever Human Rights Reign

      Thanks Jack,

      The other side needed a voice.

      There are many good thinks about Walmart, but emotion seems to have trumped logic with many.

      Best,

      Allan

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