Great Op-ed piece by former Congressman Alan Grayson about the recent Wal-Mart strikes. They were small but it’s about time this companies policies and practices become more public. I was a Wal-Mart associate for my first job and it was a completely crap job; I didn’t like it neither did my co-workers. Wal-Mart takes up too much time from your day and doesn’t reimburse its employees properly or provide benefits.
Walmart “associates” make an average of just more than $10 an hour. That means that if they manage to get a full 40 hours a week — and many don’t — they get paid $1,700 a month, before taxes. Somehow, that is supposed to pay for their food, shelter, clothing and medical care, and that of their children. Quite a trick.
In state after state, the largest group of Medicaid recipients is Walmart employees. I’m sure that the same thing is true of food stamp recipients. Each Walmart “associate” costs the taxpayers an average of more than $1,000 in public assistance.
How underpaid are Walmart employees? This underpaid: if every one of them got a 30 percent raise, Walmart would still be profitable.