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Organized labor, protesting workers and other activist groups have been saying for years that low-wage Walmart employees can’t afford to meet basic needs like food. Now, one Cleveland, Ohio, location is doing something about it: soliciting food donations from other workers.

In an employees-only section of the store, management has placed two bins underneath a sign reading, “Please donate food items here so Associates in Need can enjoy Thanksgiving Dinner,” local paperThe Plain Dealer reported on Monday. Walmart spokesperson Kory Lundberg told the newspaper that it is for employees “who have had some hardships come up.”

“This is part of the company’s culture to rally around associates and take care of them when they face extreme hardships,” said Lundberg.

The majority of Walmart employees reportedly make less than $25,000 annually, and many of them rely on food stamps. A case study compiled by the Democratic staff of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce found that employees in one Walmart location received between $96,007 and $219,528 in food stamps over the course of a single year.

“I know a lot of people who experience going to food banks,” wrote Walmart employee Tiffany Beroid in a comment posted on the Plain Dealer website. ”I actually have a lot of food bank numbers written down that people ask me for on regular basis because they know I’m active.”

Beroid is a member of OUR Walmart, the labor-backed organization demanding higher wages and improved working conditions from America’s largest employer. On a conference called organized by OUR Walmart, MoveOn.org’s Anna Galland accused Walmart of “essentially asking taxpayers to pay for what they should be paying their workers.”

Walmart is not alone there. Last month, a McDonald’s representative advised a low-wage employee to apply for food stamps after the employee said that she was struggling to make ends meet. The families of fast food employees receive about $1 billion in food stamps per year, according to researchers from the University of California Berkeley and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Walmart employees who rely on food banks and food stamps may be under even more stress than usual this month. On November 1, all 47 million food stamp recipients in the United States received an automatic cut to their benefits, amounting to $5 billion total.

http://www.msnbc.com/all/walmart-collecting-food-donations-workers


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gacpl commented on Monday, Nov 18, 2013 at 23:12 PM

If that's not bad enough most of them are being slowly changed to part time employees (less then 30 hours a week). They will all be part time by time the employer mandate kicks in. So why complain now when your messiah is making it worse on them?

PoliticsNation commented on Tuesday, Nov 19, 2013 at 02:52 AM

Take time and read the article. The issue is -living wage vs minimum wage. This issue isn't worth discussion with someone like you. The Messiah tells me -that it is better to keep your mouth shout than argue with a f###. You can find that in the true Messiah book of life.

gacpl commented on Tuesday, Nov 19, 2013 at 09:33 AM

it's funny the liberals want to call out walmart, even though they pay more then other like businesses. why is no one complains that the restaurant workers still haven't seen a increase in their wages? when minium wage was 3.25 a hr, wait staff pay was 2.13 a hr. now that minium is 7.25, wait staff is still 2.13 a hr.

sebekm commented on Tuesday, Nov 19, 2013 at 11:46 AM

Also - it is rarely mentioned that Walmart employs 2.2 million people world-wide, and it consistently ranks in the top 10 in total donations to charity by corporations as a percentage of income. Most of the negative press over the years has cited the impact of Walmart on local "mom and pop" small businesses, but studies between 1990 and 2005 conclude an overall positive impact by Walmart on the small business sector. See:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walmart

Further, Wal-Mart is the largest employer in the United States, employing almost five times as many people as IBM, the second largest employer in the U.S. As such, this makes them an easy target for issues related to its workforce. However, those of us who were alive and shopping before Walmart came into existence can recall that high prices, poor working conditions, low wages and FEW CHOICES were a common complaint about the "department stores" and "five and dimes" that Walmart has generally displaced over the years.

While it does seem odd that an employer would be facilitating assistance to their employees by encouraging "donations to the needy" rather than just upping their wages, I'll point out that Walmart - just like every other business - is IN business to make a profit. They are not a charity or welfare organization. They constantly have to be aware of the bottom line and can not afford to overpay for employment services. To do so would not only screw up Walmart's bottom line, but - since Walmart is the largest employer in the country - would also skew wages throughout the entire retail services industry.

As for food stamps, from their policies the Obama administration appears to want EVERYBODY IN THIS COUNTRY TO BE ENROLLED IN THE PROGRAM. Soooooooo:

Let's everybody double the minimum wage, put everybody on food stamps, and jam universal health care down the throats of everybody. Then we'll achieve the real goal of the Democrats - a single class society. Then we won't have the rich, the poor and the in-betweens. We'll just have the HAVE-NOTS.

gacpl commented on Tuesday, Nov 19, 2013 at 18:25 PM

with the changes in preparing for the employer mandate, Kelly services is now the second largest employer in the USA. sad days ahead.


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