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Old 11-18-2013, 12:49 PM  
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Wal-Mart asks employees to donate food to their coworkers for Thanksgiving
Many note that such acts of kindness would not be necessary if Wal-Mart paid a living wage

A photo showing a food drive run by and for employees at a Cleveland-area Wal-Mart has sparked outrage and intensified the ongoing debate over the large retailer’s low wages.

According to a report in the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Wal-Mart in question featured two bins in the employees-only section along with a sign that read, “Please donate food items here so associates in need can enjoy Thanksgiving dinner.”

Kory Lundberg, a Wal-Mart spokesperson, defended the food drive, claiming it was a sign that Wal-Mart employees stick together. “It is for associates who have had some hardships come up,” he said. “Maybe their spouse lost a job.*This is part of the company’s culture to rally around associates and take care of them when they face extreme hardships.”

But not everyone took such a rosy view of the situation. “That captures Walmart right there,” Kate Bronfenbrenner, director of labor education research at Cornell University’s labor school, told the Plain Dealer. “Walmart is setting up bins because its employees don’t make enough to feed themselves and their families.”

Lundberg said holding the food drive at the Canton Walmart was decided at the store level. However, the effort could be considered in line with what happens company-wide. The Associates in Critical Need Trust is funded by Walmart employee contributions that can be given through payroll deduction. He said employees can receive grants up to $1,500 to address hardships they may encounter, including homelessness, serious medical illnesses and major repairs to primary vehicles. Since 2001, grants totaling $80 million have been made.

But an employee at the Canton store wasn’t feeling that Walmart was looking out for her when she went to her locker more than two weeks ago and discovered the food drive containers. To her, the gesture was proof the company acknowledged many of its employees were struggling, but also proof it was not willing to substantively address their plight.

The employee said she didn’t want to use her name for fear of being fired. In a dozen years working at the company, she had never seen a food drive for employees, which she described as “demoralizing” and “kind of depressing”. The employee took photos of the bins, and sent them to the Organization United for Respect at Walmart, or*OUR Walmart,*the group of associates holding the strikes in Cincinnati and Dayton.

Vanessa Ferreira, an OUR Walmart organizer, said she “flipped out” when she first saw the photos taken by the Canton worker.

“Why would a company do that?” she said. “The company needs to stand up and give them their 40 hours and a living wage, so they don’t have to worry about whether they can afford Thanksgiving.”
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Old 11-18-2013, 01:14 PM   #2
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Old 11-18-2013, 01:17 PM   #3
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The Associates in Critical Need Trust is funded by Walmart employee contributions that can be given through payroll deduction. He said employees can receive grants up to $1,500 to address hardships they may encounter, including homelessness, serious medical illnesses and major repairs to primary vehicles.
Those bastards.

Incidentally, we have the same thing at my place of employment. Should I be outraged?
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Old 11-18-2013, 01:17 PM   #4
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Old 11-18-2013, 01:37 PM   #5
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Those bastards.

Incidentally, we have the same thing at my place of employment. Should I be outraged?
I thought basically all employers had that.
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Old 11-18-2013, 01:44 PM   #6
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Those bastards.

Incidentally, we have the same thing at my place of employment. Should I be outraged?

Yes you have been harmed by the big mean company and should feel rage. Deep hot rage. Perhaps its time to teach them a lesson.
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Old 11-18-2013, 01:45 PM   #7
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I thought basically all employers had that.
mine does

i have no idea how one can actually access the money though

ive never known anyone that received money from it

maybe it's just a made up thing to make the company look good

i wouldnt put it past them
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Old 11-18-2013, 01:52 PM   #8
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Old 11-18-2013, 02:01 PM   #10
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Heh, we can sit here and talk shit about uneducated folks all we want. Fact is, you all want someone to flip those burgers for you, and as long as we continue hearing about record breaking profits year after year followed by wage earning decreases by these large corporations, at some point the rubber will meet the mat and folks will just say **** it, what's the point? Wait until you see the welfare line then. Then instead of listening to people who "never went out and bettered themselves" complain, they'll be listening to you complain. And they'll have a lot more time to do it too.
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Heh, we can sit here and talk shit about uneducated folks all we want. Fact is, you all want someone to flip those burgers for you, and as long as we continue hearing about record breaking profits year after year followed by wage earning decreases by these large corporations, at some point the rubber will meet the mat and folks will just say **** it, what's the point? Wait until you see the welfare line then. Then instead of listening to people who "never went out and bettered themselves" complain, they'll be listening to you complain. And they'll have a lot more time to do it too.

Is this when the end times start?
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Old 11-18-2013, 02:49 PM   #12
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that trickle down will start any day now....
I think you mean taxing Big Business so people can get their "fair share" will start happening soon.

I mean, that is what the Democrats sold, wasn't it?
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Old 11-18-2013, 03:58 PM   #13
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Heh, we can sit here and talk shit about uneducated folks all we want. Fact is, you all want someone to flip those burgers for you, and as long as we continue hearing about record breaking profits year after year followed by wage earning decreases by these large corporations, at some point the rubber will meet the mat and folks will just say **** it, what's the point? Wait until you see the welfare line then. Then instead of listening to people who "never went out and bettered themselves" complain, they'll be listening to you complain. And they'll have a lot more time to do it too.
nevermind, read that wrong.

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Old 11-18-2013, 04:06 PM   #14
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you say that like everyone is born into the same exact opportunities. But truth is, a lot of these people are the working poor and weren't born into families that could pay for higher education. And you point and laugh at them. Shame on you.
i think you quoted the wrong post

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you say that like everyone is born into the same exact opportunities. But truth is, a lot of these people are the working poor and weren't born into families that could pay for higher education. And you point and laugh at them. Shame on you.
exactly! therefore, we should just give them money!
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