It is pretty common knowledge that Wal-mart offers such low prices in their stores by both forcing suppliers prices down and underpaying their employees, both in dollars and benefits. And according to SOME PEOPLE , people deserve to make such low pay and its their own fault they do. Well, its not ok, and neither is the way that Wal-mart treats its employees.
Co-op America is calling on Wal-mart to pay its fair share for employee health care. It has been reported that Wal-mart hands out information about Medicaid to its employees! This is because Wal-mart keeps its employees working part-time, thus they dont have to pay for their health care. From Co-op America:
“According to a 2004 study by the Democratic Staff of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, federal taxpayers spend an average of $420,750 for each Wal-Mart store, because of the high level of public assistance needed by Wal-Mart workers.
By 2005, three states (Georgia, Tennessee, and Wisconsin) had studied the Wal-Mart effect on state health care programs, with each finding a significant Wal-Mart-created burden for taxpayers – as high as $6.6 million a year in Georgia.
In early 2006, the nonprofit organization Wake-Up Wal-Mart found that public health care for Wal-Mart employees cost American taxpayers $1.37 billion in 2005, with 57 percent of the company’s workforce not covered by insurance.”
Please visit Co-op America- Wal-Mart Action to tell Wal-mart to be fair to their employees!
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