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Walmart does the right thing

Do you support Walmart?

Walmart made a commitment today to increase, goods made here in the USA. Walmart is also adding more veterans to their workforce. If you are not a Walmart shopper, will this get you in their store?

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MICHAEL P WILSON "Independent Kid" January 16, 2013 at 07:56 PM
Napa needs a super walmart
Belle (Orchid Lady) January 16, 2013 at 10:59 PM
Walmart doesn't treat its employees very good. I hate shopping there and avoid giving them my business as much as possible.
MICHAEL P WILSON "Independent Kid" January 16, 2013 at 11:11 PM
Belle in Your opinion how do they not teat them right?
Belle (Orchid Lady) January 16, 2013 at 11:35 PM
By keeping the majority of their employees part time, paying low wages. I know a manager at Walmart and basically she says that most her employees feel like they don't matter at all. The work environment is hostile, and employee's feel 'their job is at risk' if they complain.
MICHAEL P WILSON "Independent Kid" January 16, 2013 at 11:48 PM
In your Opinion what keeps employees there? If it is that bad?
Michael Haley January 17, 2013 at 04:02 AM
Michael, in my opinion they stay because they can't get another job elsewhere. I have seen some pretty strange looking people working at Wal Mart. That could be an argument either way---that Wal Mart provides jobs for people that no one else would hire, or that they take advantage of people at the bottom. Its actually both. To respond to the bigger question here, I think it is fantastic that Wal Mart is going to spend an addtional $50 billion on US manufactured goods and that they are going to start hiring Vets. Good for them. I shopped there anyway, or honestly mostly my wife but I am the beneficiary of that. But I have no problem going there. One problem with Wal Mart is that the six heirs of the Samster are worth $70 billion, while they provide so little pay and benefits for their employees that taxpayers are ponying up $1.5 billion a year in public benefits for their workers, mostly in health care costs. When we have a system that is predicated on employers paying for health insurance, I as a taxpayer do not want to cover Wal Mart employees. Last point, this is the result of public pressure on Wal Mart, good work by those who are criticizing them. Keep it up.
Cathy Gumina Odom January 17, 2013 at 08:56 AM
No. I disagree.
Lorie January 17, 2013 at 03:48 PM
Hire whomever, sell whatever. Supply and demand. I seldom shop at Walmart (kind of out of my way), but when I do I'm safely out of there by 9:00 am. [Do "Walmart People" really exist?]
Michele Dahlberg January 17, 2013 at 04:44 PM
@Lorie - yes they do. I generally don't shop at Walmart, and this would not get me into the store, but good for them!
MICHAEL P WILSON "Independent Kid" January 17, 2013 at 05:37 PM
I would agree that some of the employees, are at the bottom of the work ladder. Is six people worth $70 billion over the top No. What I do see is a company, that has customers. So many customers it can be as big as it is. I would have to think most employees working at walmart are happy. As for the public benefits. It would not be Fair to say walmart, is the only company with workers on public benefits. A few other company with the same problem are Sonic,Starbucks,Hilton Hotels & CVS All large national chains.
Lorie January 18, 2013 at 12:59 AM
Yikes! It must be for for someone to even create such a site. I've caught a glimpse maybe once or twice when I happened to be there in the late morning or early evening. It is definitely safer before 9:00am. I much rather see [any kind] people working, even under such "horrible" (???) conditions knowing that there are beings amongst us who only bother to get out of bed to go gambling or to dope themselves back to stupor, all while collecting taxpayer money as the only merit of their existence.
Harold Edwards January 18, 2013 at 07:38 AM
Capitalism is a cancer that has destroyed the United States! If you are wealthy you rule the world.Maybe some day the meek will rule the earth?
Belle (Orchid Lady) January 19, 2013 at 10:45 PM
I agree with you Michael Haley. But many of us still shop there because things are affordable, especially in hard times. I do wonder though...is it really 'doing the right thing, or Big business sticking it's hand out for a welfare payment? It was really convenient how they didn't make this announcement until Obama announced he would be giving tax credits to employers who hired Veterans. Not to mention, the bribery scandal in Mexico. Yeah, I'd say they have the morality of a gnat. I think I'd be happier if the Veterans are put in to full time position's if that's the work they need, not part time, and on welfare.
Michael Haley January 20, 2013 at 04:52 PM
Michael, then the problem is how do we get health care to those people? Our system is set up for health insurance to be provided by employers, then when you increasingly have employers either opting out or providing inadequate care, what do we do? Well, we let people get sick and die is what we do. That's an ugly world that lacks compassion.

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