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How Recession Is Hastening the Wal-Martization of America


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Cal
- 1086 days ago - alternet.org
A new report finds that the vast majority of the jobs created in the so-called recovery have been low-wage jobs. That's a recipe for continued economic pain.



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Carol H. (229)
Wednesday August 3, 2011, 4:08 am
noted, thanks Cal
 

Carlene V. (201)
Wednesday August 3, 2011, 5:49 am
What do we expect from these large corporations? They pay low wages, fight union backing, offer part-time work so no benefits will be paid. We have allowed them to take over, snuff out the little guy, keep their profits coming at a horrible cost to the US. The Repubican front, and yes, some Democrats too, pays homage to them with subsidies, no taxes at all, huge profit margins while the rest of us struggle to break even. Don't expect much better with the new deal just signed, we are in for a bumpy ride as they hold us hostage to their way of thinking and our President, who did not stand up to them. It's all just disgusting.
 

. (0)
Wednesday August 3, 2011, 8:02 am
Noted thanks Cal. . .
 

Shirley A. (96)
Wednesday August 3, 2011, 8:10 am
Hold on People, after this last fiasco, things are about to get far worse. The Republicans are dead set to devastate the middle class and working poor. In their ignorant, greedy, power hungry brains they think the Country will come running to them in 2012 if things are bad enough. If this Country doesn't run as fast as it can away from the Right, you might as well turn your house keys over to the bank now because as bad as this economy is now, it would be worse under Republican power again. Don't let your memory fail and we CAN'T go back to what got us here. Vote for America's survival and that isn't in the Right Wing playbook.
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday August 3, 2011, 10:31 am
Wal-Mart--Home of Greed, low wages,unfair and nasty business tactics,discrimination
Supporter of child labor...........No wonder they have to force their way into areas.
 

lee e. (114)
Wednesday August 3, 2011, 10:44 am
Not only is it good for Wal Mart, but it is good for obesity as well - the only affordable food is unhealthy!
 

Dotti Lydon (116)
Wednesday August 3, 2011, 12:41 pm
I hope that I never have to shop at Wal-Mart. Haven't so far.
 

Roger Garin-michaud (61)
Wednesday August 3, 2011, 1:30 pm
thanks
 

Debra Van Way (12)
Wednesday August 3, 2011, 1:52 pm
I quit shopping a Walmart ages ago. They carry nothing but junk and treat their employees like dirt. They also don't care about their customers. I drive right past them to go to a small grocery chain that pays their workers a liveable wage and treats them well. They have good food and it is less expensive than Walmart. The store is small but always clean and stocked and the employees usually are smiling. How many smiles to you see at Walmart?
 

Akin Adelakun (21)
Wednesday August 3, 2011, 2:10 pm
Thank you for posting.
 

Kellie McMaster (0)
Wednesday August 3, 2011, 2:12 pm
Thanks, I have been trying to stay out of walmart, but as a single disabled mother, it is hard not to. But there are ways it can be done. We shop at thrift stores, try to buy local when we can, use the farmer's market, have a small garden, can, etc. I worked for Walmart when I was in my early 20's in a warehouse. I was unloading UPS trailers and had a quota of 2000 someodd cases or so during my shift. My job involved breaking open larger cases and slapping labels on the smaller boxes. I ended up with carpal tunnel and required 4 surgeries in the next few years. They did not want to pay for my surgery. When I was on light duty before I had it they gave me horrible jobs to do, such boring horiible, uncomfortable jobs that make people want to quit. Many people who were on light duty did quit because they couldn't handle it. I hate Walmart. I have a lot of family who work at that same warehouse now. There isn't much for jobs in that area so people take what they can get. My uncle has to work another job that is about 20 hours a week at UPS just to get decent insurance, He has to work at like 3 am or so and at walmart at 5:30 for 3 12 hour days. He works every single day. The crazy thing is, is that he is a republican.
 

Gloria H. (88)
Wednesday August 3, 2011, 2:49 pm
I guess the only things good about working for Walmart- company discount/being able to wear a cool Walmart uniform, seeing your neighbors and kid's teachers shopping there, and air conditioning. Oh, and if your quick about it- your choice of parking space in the lot.there must be other "perks", but I cant think of any more.
 

Mary Donnelly (47)
Wednesday August 3, 2011, 3:55 pm
Thanks Cal--couldn't agree more.

What I'd like to know is how any Americans survive on $US7.51 an hour. I suspect that they have more than one job.

I shudder when I think about the homeless, those living below the povert line; those incarcerated with indentured wages, to name a few problems.

What really amazes me is how much of this is in the public domain; just this week we saw a news program about the 16,000 homeless in Washing D.C., many of whom were on display as part of that city's tourist program, and, according to some of them, they had been homeless for, say, 15 years.

It does not matter much whteher that report was fact or fiction, it was out there. I suspect that the Wal-martization of America won't help them.
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday August 3, 2011, 5:27 pm
When Wal-Mart started I thought it was great idea.
Everything made in the United States. And under one roof. Like the TG&Y Stores.

The Mr Walton died and the kids sold out to the board.
Today Wal-Mart represents junk food, low-wages, anti-union, death sentences for America..
Countries that hate us, use child labor to produce cheaply made junk. For these idiots to buy.
The "Proud To Be American" t-shirts I see the "pseudo-patriots" wearing are made in Maylaysia.

I don't shop at Wal-Mart, when I have to go in one with someone else, I point out everything that is wrong.
 

Shirley A. (96)
Wednesday August 3, 2011, 7:02 pm
It took me a little while to totally wean from Wal Mart BUT then I learned of their involvement with the Koch empire and Republican campaigns and I immediately went "cold turkey." Will NOT shop there, would rather do without OR more over find my product at local business. May have to pay a little more but in the whole scheme of things, I feel better about not supporting this corrupt, greedy company or their right wing stooges that are trying to decimate the working class no matter the consequences to this Nation. What a vile gang of thugs they've turned into.
 

T. A. H. (39)
Wednesday August 3, 2011, 7:13 pm
I have boycotted Wal-Mart for years, but my financial situation (living solely on SS), the opening of a new Wal-Mart in the small town in which I live, and the staggering prices at the local markets ($5 for a jar of mayonnaise) are driving me back. As much as I hate their business model (rape everyone), on severe limited income, I feel I have little choice.

The irony is that this is a self-perpetuating cycle. The more low-income people struggle to survive, the more we must rely on Wal-Mart with their predatory practices to achieve low prices.

Oh, and Jim Hightower, that famous Texas progressive, wrote a very telling article in Truth-Out.org on this subject, revealing just how awesome the Texas Job Machine is -- something like 75% - 80% of the new jobs created that Gov. Perry loves to crow about are in this miserly category -- $7 - $10 per hour. That is NOT a living wage.
 

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Wednesday August 3, 2011, 8:25 pm
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Julie D. (38)
Thursday August 4, 2011, 1:20 am
Wal-Mart has their own avatar over here - Asda and the issues are the same.
While we allow the Right, the huge corporations and the banks to bleed us dry while they increase their profits and trash the world, the future looks bleak for the U.S., Europe and the rest of the world.
 

Ginger Strivelli (19)
Thursday August 4, 2011, 6:36 am
Of course it is...people who are clingng to a low-paying job, or living barely on unemployment checks or welfare checks, or social security checks cna not afford to pay 20 bucks for a American made shirt at some mom and pops local store, that they could get a China-made shirt like it at walmart for $5.
 

Sara L. (23)
Thursday August 4, 2011, 8:42 am
is a shame
 

Sara L. (23)
Thursday August 4, 2011, 8:43 am
oh btw, no wal mart in europe
 

Marianna Molnar Woods (9)
Thursday August 4, 2011, 9:25 am
ok
 

Tim C. (1751)
Thursday August 4, 2011, 5:49 pm
tkx.
 

Alexandra R. (0)
Friday August 5, 2011, 8:47 am
The history of Walmart on wikipedia (probably accurate enough by the look of it) is worth reading.
Quite a horror story. How to overcome this? Only an awakening of people's consciousness and great changes in values and behavior would cut Walmart back to size. Thus, a barter economy could help to cut them down to size.
They do have a very powerful idea for growth - the lower prices - and that would require a lot of awareness and determination to overcome.
They are obviously fighters, as you'll see if you read their history - so fighting them would not be easy and would perhaps only succeed with government intervention setting minimum wages etc.
 

Rachel D. (57)
Monday August 8, 2011, 6:05 pm
This section says a lot:

"And even the low-wage jobs are seeing salaries fall. Stephen Greenhouse, the New York Times' labor reporter, wrote of the NELP report:

The report found that real wages had shown “a mild decline” since the recession began, of 0.6 percent. For workers in lower-wage occupations, median wages fell 2.3 percent after inflation — partly because many of the newer workers hired had lower wages than others in that group. For workers in midwage occupations, wages slipped by 0.9 percent, while there was some good news for workers in higher-wage occupations — their wages rose by 0.9 percent."
 
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