Wal-Mart is a company that shows there overwhelming support for their
staff by paying them under minimum wage, but gives them expensive health
insurance that employees can not afford. Employees do not need food, clothes ,
or shelter what they can use is a company that cares enough to pay them more
not less so that these employess can live a comfortable life. But this is the real
world and Wal-mart is not big brother but big business, that cares more for there
bottom line than the ottom of there employees belly, who can not afford food for
there families. Wal marts can care less. According to the article "Up agaianst
wal-mart" by Karen Olsson, stated after three years with the company
McLaughlin earns only $16,800 a year. "I’m considered high - paid" says
McLaughlin. McLaughlin also quoted that "The way they pay you, you cannot
make it without a second job or someone to help you, unless you have been
working there for 20 years or you’re a manager.
Do you think companies should have any responsibility on society as a
whole? well i personally think they should. all companies should have intergrity.
Wal- mart as a whole has used underhanded tactics , for example hiring firms to
abolish employees from unionizing.martain levitt who worked with the avoidance
program union commented "anyone supporting a union is slapping the
supervisor in the face" .Another example of Walmarts unethical business
practices was in minneaplo where UFCW local 789 was able to form a union for
the meat cutting workers at wal-mart. walmarts reaction was to close the meat
cutting department all nation wide.
Walmarts tyranny began in the companies humble beginings in north
eastern Arkansas , where Wal- Mart founder Sam Walton paid many of his
clerks under the minimum wage of the 1970's era. Sam Walton was very
business savy on the sale front but as well with escaping government scrutiny by
finding loop holes in the 1970 Fair Labors Standard Act, which he found a
provision to pay workers less because of a small business clause.
As far as any actions that should be taken; or taken by whom, i believe the
federal government should step in to correct the many injustice that were
implemented by walmart. first, they have to regulate the hours, increase pay
decrease health insurance and other expenses, give more oppurtunity to women
to attain management positions. Hour regualtion should be the first task at hand
for the government to be in.....