Walmart Holds Food Drive ... for Its Own Workers
It's asking other workers to help them out
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Nov 18, 2013 2:25 PM CST
This photo, which is being circulated by the activist labor group OUR Walmart, purports to show food drive bins in a WalMart employees area.   (OUR Walmart)

(Newser) – An Ohio Walmart store wants to make sure its workers can enjoy a Thanksgiving dinner—so it's asking them to give each other enough food to do so. The Canton store has set up bins in an employee-only area under a sign that reads, "Please donate food items here so Associates in Need can enjoy Thanksgiving Dinner." One employee, apparently not appreciating this generous holiday effort, snapped a photo and sent it to the labor group OUR Walmart, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

The photo has sparked outrage, but Walmart isn't denying its legitimacy. A spokesman for the chain said it was a store-level program, but that the larger corporation applauded. "This is part of the company's culture to rally around associates and take care of them," a spokesman for the chain said. At least one worker at the Canton store agreed, saying the drive had helped her in the past. But the associate who shot the picture called it a "demoralizing" and "kind of depressing" admission that the company understands workers are struggling, but won't expend its own resources to help.

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jimpeel
Nov 21, 2013 12:59 PM CST
For all of you who are ignorant of Walmart's policies I offer you this truth. Do with it what you will. We get a 10% discount on all goods throughout the year excluding food, alcohol, tobacco, and clearance items. https://us.walmartone.com/uploadedFiles/Content/Pay_and_Financial/Financial/Discount_Card_Information_2012.pdf. We also get discounts on goods from national companies and other goods and services including cellular and vehicles. https://discountmember.lifecare.com/index.html?lc_prgm_id=&lcid=1696384156%2FO72WagGVj5BobVosQTJdDA%3D%3D&slider3=4&home_tab=discounts&lid=IMG08&site_page_id=21&campaignId=LM~WLMRT~20131115&home_tab_name=LifeMart+Discounts&justlogged=true Our regular 10% discount extends to food items for the months of November and December. For those who are saying "Why not all year?" it is because the food items have a small markup of ~3%-7%. If they offered the discount all year they would essentially be paying us to take the food out of the store. The first year the company offered the holiday discount the loss to the company was $67,000,000. IN ADDITION. Those who work on Thanksgiving will be given a 25% discount on all goods in the store, except those detailed above, for a single transaction. In other words, a $1,000 purchase will cost the associate $750 plus all applicable taxes. I am a front end supervisor at Walmart and not a corporate mucky-muck. Another tidbit for the ignorant. Walmart insurance -- the one that the unions claim we don't have -- will cover knee and hip replacements 100% with no deductible starting January 1, 2014. What a bad, bad company!
iq145
Nov 20, 2013 9:59 PM CST
Walmart wins the "Scumbag of the Year" award. Their total revenue is $469.162 billion
Steven Diedesch
Nov 20, 2013 11:26 AM CST
Wal-Mart's business mode does not make room for reasonable wages for its employees. Wal-Mart is directly responsible for a not-insignificant percentage of the tax dollars you spend on welfare, because they refuse to pay a living wage. THe result is that the overwhelming majority, something close to 80% of their employees, qualify for food stamps. You can't live on ketchup packets stolen from McDonald's. The fact that you *buy* your rice and beans does not mean you have a spending problem, especially not when the five Walton kids have a greater collective value than the bottom 120,000,000 Americans do. It's a free country, yes, but they clearly aren't concerned about stewarding their country for future generations of people or business. Do you want to live in a poor country? Costco's prices are marginally greater, and their employees make an average of $40,000 a year. That's a comfortable, reasonable wage, on which a parent can support a family. I'm a Christian and fiscal conservative, and I vote with my dollars. I'd rather support businesses that pay their employees well enough that they don't have to take their food budget out of my paycheck. If everyone would make conscientious decisions, like buying American products whenever possible and shopping at stores that pay their employees a fair wage, we'd be only a decade or so before we started to see a dramatically reduced need for welfare. It might be inconvenient to cut your hand off if it's gangrenous, but taking more and more painkillers every day may kill you even faster than the decaying flesh, is what I'm trying to say. Wal-Mart is gangrene.