Walmart Seeks Food Donations to Help Needy Employees

Employee food drive leads to questions about the retailer's wages

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Those smiling faces that greet you upon entering Walmart? They're becoming a thing of the past

A Walmart store in Canton, Ohio, is holding a food drive to benefit employees in need, leading some in the community to raise questions about the wages the company pays its workers.

The food drive boxes are not on display for customers, but rather are tucked away in an employee-only area — the food drive asks for donations from fellow employees to help out co-workers in need.

“That Walmart would have the audacity to ask low-wage workers to donate food to other low-wage workers — to me, it is a moral outrage,” one Walmart shopper told the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

A Walmart spokesperson defended the food drive as an example of employees — or “associates” as the company calls its workers — looking out for each other.

“This store has been doing this for several years and is for associated that have faced an extreme hardship recently,” said spokesperson Kory Lundberg.

The world’s largest retailer is facing some hardship of its own in recent months, reporting its third straight-quarterly decline in sales last week. It often faces criticism for the wages it pays workers.

[Cleveland Plain Dealer]

91 comments
AmandaM.Spiteri
AmandaM.Spiteri

How about we don't judge without knowing the circumstances......Fire? Death? Illness? Etc. Etc. I think it is wonderful that the company let it's employees do a good dead. It brings up moral and makes them feel good about themselves to be able help a friend in need.

One more point here, If the low wages was the problem, Then how is it the the other Wal-Mart employees are able to afford to help?

frank1212
frank1212

This is just another indicator of Wal-Mart's effective abuse of its employees and total disregard for paying a wage they can live on.  The company does things keeping employees at 30 hours per week so they don't have to offer health insurance.  This resulted in some states passing measures to force them to provide insurance since the taxpayers were footing the medical bills for its employees.  It'll hire temp employees, find a reason to get rid of them right before the 6 months of employment is up when they have to offer benefits.  Sam Walton's heirs managed to prevent a minimum wage increase for about 15 years.  It finally got raised in a compromise where the estate tax would be drastically reduced in exchange for a minimum wage increase....to keep future Walton heirs from having to pay much tax on their inheritances.  Their "contributions" to elected officials have paid off bigtime.  That might have something to do with the Supreme Court always siding with Wal-Mart no matter what the issue is.  Alice Walton spent over $1 billion for a vanity art gallery in the middle of nowhere Arkansas, but this bunch can't pay their employees decent wages.  And, nothing will change until Wal-Mart goes the way of Sears.  Just hope there is a lot of explaining to do on Judgement Day, though they might be able to buy their way out of that, too.

bob6797
bob6797

I've seen this before, but I really don't get the problem here. Why is it bad for a company to allow staff members to help each other out in their time of need? Customers weren't asked to donate, these bins were in staff rooms so staff could help each other. Also, there were hundreds of employees, and only a few that had bins so people could help them. Would it be bad if teachers at school helped other teachers if they needed support at some point in their life? We donate days to a sick bank to help those in need. Is that a bad thing?

johnross1968
johnross1968

A Walmart spokesperson defended the food drive as an example of employees — or “associates” as the company calls its workers — looking out for each other.


Wouldn't it be nice if WALMART looked out for its employees. Of course that might be a bit much to hope for considering Walmart takes out life insurance on each employee so they get paid if an employee dies. The saddest part is that in internal memos Walmart calls it "Peasant Insurance"

ScebberishUmfazi
ScebberishUmfazi

Tax restructuring, the higher your profit margin, the higher your tax percentage.

So if you try increase profits by cutting costs, staff and importing cheap goods, it is counter balanced by taxing you more on the dollar on your profit margin(nett), not on your gross, meaning your costs onshore only are taken into account as a tax deduction. Share holder and C-level and Board level Management costs are not allowed to be calculated in the tax rebates as they are sharing in the profits.

Secondly, remove the insanely over regulated restrictions on Small Business and Entrepreneurs to stop forcing jobs offshore.

Next, stop campain funding in politics to prevent Mega Companies calling in favors on elected crooks that allow even more regulations being passed to squash all new comers and competition.

And just for good measure, Every law and bill that is presented and passed has to be presented independently. Appending and strapping on other bills and bits and pieces as a means to get rubbish passed is no longer permited, evey by-law, regulation, bill etc has to be presented and passed entirely on its own merits and vote!

LeeFoster
LeeFoster

I do not shop at Walmart or Sam's Club because they treat their vendors and employees shabbily.


OverideSilex
OverideSilex

I have said it for a few years. Time for laws to govern how a business is allowed to operate. 

Minimum wage up to that 10.50 minimum (i actually suggest 15 in some higher to need states) 

Maximum wage difference (Highest employee / owner cannot make more than 500x the Lowest paid 40 hr week rate)

National health insurance everyone has so an employer does not get to be all .... Hobby Lobby like....

Federal Holidays the only places allowed to operate with employees are. Hospitals, Police, Fire, Medical side of pharmacy only (similar to blue law in Paramus NJ), Gas stations for GAS ONLY, Security firms (fall under police IMO), Grocery stores for severely limited hours.

I also stand by the everyone but those closed after 10pm (with the exception of maybe 7-11 / Starbucks/ restaurants), I also am not against a set day every store has to be closed every week. but that I do agree is also an issue because of Blue Law in Bergen county I have debated against the Paramus mayor's cohorts over.

And to stop the happenings with Sephora being open when they are not allowed in France, for every one open on a day they are not allowed to be open a 1,000,000 fine will be imposed paid to a central fund that will be 10% to the state for administrative costs, and the remaining 90% split among all employees forced to work that day. (its called make the employer hurt from all levels) If an employer fails to pay the fine in specified number of days. The Owner, General Manager, or where the decision is made to send the money will be jailed on failure to pay fine. The store will loose its business license and the said lead/owner will be put on a list forbidding them from obtaining a Business License for LIFE.

You may call that ridiculous, you may call it many things. But think of this simply. Walmart if that fine was say 1000/day to the ceo the loss of that money is pittance because they may make more than that.

 You also might say well 2 employees and they get 450k each tax free? Yes they do. This allows them to tell the store to f off and maybe move to a better life in other ways. Pay for college ect ect ect. 

But in the end that huge fine is meant to do one thing and one thing only. To Put the offender OUT OF BUSINESS. 

We claim corporations are people... (thank you supreme court you 7kjdfhgviudfhgsolidf) so it is time to treat them like people also. If i speed i get a ticket that hurts. It also hurts my insurance rate for months. If i do it excessively I loose my license and possibly get jail time. Welcome to the club Corporations.

KatValek
KatValek

I work at Walmart and  I make well over $11 /hour. I only pay about $48 a month for insurance.  I worked mostly customer service/money center for 9 years until recently but I am not in management. How many places can I get that?

 I was only married about 6 months when my husband died earlier this year. We had yet to purchase life insurance or hadn't even considered changing the insurance yet on the house.   I wasn't sure what I was going to do between all the bills and then also planning his funeral.  
And what did Walmart do for me? My Walmart family held a breakfast benefit where they raised money to help me out in my time of need. People also brought food to the funeral home, a good portion of which I ended up taking home and eating on for a week.  I don't know what I would have done without the love and support of everyone including management.    We try to watch after our own at our store, and help out when extreme hardship takes its toll.

scaligirl
scaligirl

Hi, i work at Walmart and i love it! nuff said.

jeffparsonsmp
jeffparsonsmp

Amazing, complain about associates of one company on public assistance, as if there are no other employees of others on public assistance.  And oh yes, lets not shop at a company because they supposedly don't pay a living wage.  That will really help those that work there, now won't it.  The ignorance of some people amaze me.  If you don't want to shop there, don't.  But don't knock those that do, and don't knock the people that work there either.  I love my job and proud of where I work.  And I have been employed there for 24 years!!  I love my second family and would do anything that I possibly can to help any one of my coworkers!  BTW, these food drives, are associates helping associates who have had some kind of hardship ie natural disasters, death of family member, loss of income due to a lost job, etc.  I'm glad you all have not had to suffer a hardship, but I'm sure the associates that will benefit from this will be more than appreciative of the thought.

mrsjeffkassel
mrsjeffkassel

Here is the bottom line. If walmart workers dont like the pay for the amount of work they do they can quit and find another job. There is no arguments, no conspiricys, no huge greedy corporations. They can choose not to work there.

mrsjeffkassel
mrsjeffkassel

I dont think this is strange at all. My mom was a single mom with 4 kids and she was paid fairy well at her job. However, she still struggled around the holidays to make sure we had a nice Xmas. The company she worked for held a fund raiser for her and other needy families in the company one year and it was a blessing.

dad1111
dad1111

Maybe their sales have declined because people realize how crappy they are to their employees. I would never shop at Walmart there are deals to be found at better stores who pay their workers living wages and treat them all equally. 

LanDister
LanDister

This is a bit strange. But can we really expect anything less from walmart? 

caking
caking

Carol A. King,  I am a 74 year old grandmother and live in a relatively small town on the Olympic Peninsula.  I will never shop at Walmart again.  If I can't find what I need at Costco or somewhere else I will do without.  It is unconscionable  that this multi-billion dollar company pays sub-standard wages to their employers and then has the nerve to suggest that underpaid employees should come to the aid of their co-workers.  This is not what America is about, we are better than this.  The Walton's do not deserve what we, as consumers, have given them!  Enough!!  I encourage everyone reading this to find somewhere else to shop.  It would serve all of us for Walmart to fade into history and cease to be.

AERzondzinska
AERzondzinska

Since Walmart isn't doing so well lately, perhaps the American public should organize a food drive for the Walton family.  Oh wait, that's what we already do when we subsidize their wages with public benefits for employees!

#libtardedamerica
#libtardedamerica

i know! let's pay everyone who works at wal mart $50/hour because they deserve 3 times what the average recent college grad makes to put crap on shelves. yep, that makes a ton of sense. and while we're at it, let's watch wal mart fire the majority of their employees to save money and we can all cheer as the unemployment pool grows because hey, at least those 10 remaining  wal mart workers with a very limited skill set are making a middle class wage.

don't you love libtard naivety?

RhondaTownes
RhondaTownes

I will not shop at walmart until they stop using sweatshops and treat women fairly in wages and better wages I live in Canada and walmart is here to I work for one of their competitors we have a union company paid benefits and get paid very well for the work we do so not all retail makes minimum wage target in canada pays above minimum wage if your not union which walmart is and slowly is in canada a couple of stores are in Quebec are then expect minimum wage and not being treated fairly im not going to shop in a walmart until the wages are better and staff gets treated with respect and not treated like dogs

kikime
kikime

A friend of mine works at Walmart (3 years) and I work in EMS, guess who makes more.. She does! I've heard enough about how little they get paid! Even their part time employees (my friend) get health benefits for super cheap! They get discounts at their own store and she took her family to Disney just last month and got discounts there and many other places too! Yea, being a Walmart employee is real tough, not! I think this is one more perk of being a member of the Walmart family, at least they are taking to take care of their own! 

jomac006
jomac006

Here is the thing about everyone's "moral outrage" about this, they act as if Wal-Mart is the only corporation out there paying employees minimum wage.  Pretty much every retailer out there are paying their employees the exact same as Wal-Mart is, but because they're so big they catch all the flack.  Also, several comments point to Wal-Mart chasing away smaller businesses because they can charge less.  Most of those small businesses also only pay minimum wage and employee far fewer employees than Wal-Mart.  You can boycott Wal-Mart all you want, but if you shop at any major chain store you're part of the minimum wage problem and not the solution.  Also, I hope with all your moral outrage over minimum wage you tip well when you go out to eat because if you want to talk about people getting screwed over it's waiters and waitresses, they make less than 3 bucks an hour and depend on your tips.

mactwin
mactwin

@KatValek 


Sorry for your loss, I lost my spouse to and raised 2 daughters myself ages 9 & 14. Very hard being dad and raising 2 daughters alone. I don't know how u make it on 11/ hr,  I was in manufacturing at the time and making 15/ hr with benefits and it was hard.

sobrino928
sobrino928

@KatValek Wow it took you 9 YEARS to make $11/hour? Yet, you praise Walmart? 

StevenD'Amore
StevenD'Amore

@mrsjeffkassel you're a complete idiot.  Do you think the people working at Walmart want to be there?  If they could find a different job they would take it.  They are there because doing whatever they can to help provide for their family is outweighing their own personal pride.  Again, just to be clear, you're a complete idiot.

barneydidit
barneydidit

@mrsjeffkassel That's not exactly the bottom line M. as long as I'm paying (you are too when you pay taxes) to provide financial subsidies to Walmart workers because the corporation won't pay them a living wage. 

poogerdo
poogerdo

@mrsjeffkassel You are truly out of touch. Walmart is a greedy company. They make billions and billions of dollars on the back of their employees, selling cheap ass Chinese products and helping to dismantle the manufacturing jobs in the US of A. Manufacturing jobs that pay enough money for people to live on.

angelfly72
angelfly72

@AERzondzinska Isn't it odd how some people seem to have amnesia around that little bit of information? We, taxpayers, are SUBSIDIZING a multi-billion dollar corporation! How do you defend that? "Oh, well, you have to understand business; they have overhead and other costs, and then there's the stockholders who demand a return on their investment...."  Right. So, this isn't mixing "socialism" or "communism" with business? If Walmart wants to do business, don't do it on the taxpayers' dimes!

TanyaDodson-Elliott
TanyaDodson-Elliott

@#libtardedamerica LMFAO, the average walmart employee makes only 17k a year, the federal poverty line is 23k, hmmmm. No one is saying to pay them $50 an hour, just enough to survive. lawl you my friend are an idiot.

angelfly72
angelfly72

@#libtardedamerica Hyperbole is not part of the debate. Those workers are not asking for $50 an hour. Stick to the facts. They are asking for, depending on where they live, $10 - $15 an hour, which is quite affordable for the company. What Walmart would object to, however, is the freebies they get from you, me and everyone on this message board who pays taxes because they refer their barely-able-to-pay-the-rent employees to food stamps and Medicare. Even if you don't shop at Walmart, you are paying for the executives' jets and summer retreats because instead of paying their employees a few dollars more and providing them with medical benefits they are saving on the costs of paying their employees more and providing health insurance for them by sucking the tax dollars out of your wallet. And that is a hefty amount of savings that looks really good on their annual reports, but adds to the national debt. Think about that when you write that check on April 15.

bkoog30
bkoog30

@#libtardedamerica Clearly Walmart puts down a lot of small businesses that these people would be working at, for higher wages. That's the whole point!

nowayout90
nowayout90

@#libtardedamericaNice trolling. Except it's not "libtard naivety" when you pull the $50 salary out of your own rear. And you're foolish if you think increasing the minimum wage does anything other than have far more positive impact on the economy than the VERY minimal job loss. (knowable, documented fact.)

Mouth-breathing knuckle-draggers hate minimum wage increases AND public assistance without the most basic understanding that poor wages cause the other. YOU are paying Walmart's employees because Walmart won't. Pick one; you won't get it both ways.

barneydidit
barneydidit

@kikime Your friend is either working at a Walmart in Japan, or is lying to you Kiki. The company cut back quite a bit on it's health benefits in 2011 for part timers, even their full time employees don't get benefits "super cheap". 

Anna888
Anna888

@jomac006 To explain the outrage (if it's so difficult to grasp for you): it's because the Walmart is posting ridiculously high profits every year. It just would make sense that at least a company with high profits would pay its employees enough so they could buy food. It's pure greed on the part of Walmart management. 

AERzondzinska
AERzondzinska

@jomac006 Not true--a recent poll of small businesses found that most pay above minimum wage.  (Check it out here:  http://www.smallbusinessmajority.org/small-business-research/minimum-wage/)  In any case, it's not necessary to withhold moral outrage regarding Walmart just because most large retailers and restaurant companies treat their employees like labor should be free.  Personally, I have bottomless stores of moral outrage for the corporate usurpation of power in this country.

tom.litton
tom.litton

@jomac006 There is a theory that walmart employees so many people that if they raised their wages, then the other businesses would be forced to raise theirs as well.  Why would people take a job at min wage if walmart is always hiring and paying 11 or 12 per hour?  

In a related theory, if walmart payed more, and it forced others to pay more (or the min wage is raised), then that would put such a large supply of money into the hands of the very people that tend to shop at walmart, that it wold raise their profits, and not lower them.

smostaert
smostaert

@bkoog30 @#libtardedamerica I would love some facts about all these small businesses everyone likes to talk about that Walmart takes people away from. Where are your statistics?  Or are you just quoting something you heard over and over because people just repeat what they see on the internet? Where I live we have 3 walmarts and many many small mom and pop businesses. Do you suppose that if these walmarts closed the mom and pop places could pick up the slack and employ all the people that lost their jobs? There are a lot of people employed at these walmarts that otherwise wouldn't be if they weren't in existence. I agree with putting people to work where they wouldn't have a job anywhere else. What I do not agree with, however is the lack of healthcare, stopping short of allowing employees to work full time, paying a decent liveable wage, etc.

C_Ryback
C_Ryback

" .. And you're foolish if you think increasing the minimum wage does anything other than have far more positive impact on the economy than the VERY minimal job loss. (knowable, documented fact.)"


Then prove it. We're waiting. Otherwise, you are just OweBama's tool.

C_Ryback
C_Ryback

"Lying?"

How do you know?

Where's your proof?

ColleenPatriciaWilliams
ColleenPatriciaWilliams

@smostaert @bkoog30 @#libtardedamerica I raised my kids in Roseburg, OR. It was a vibrant little town, with lots of industry.
After Wal-Mart was in business for a year, we no longer had a vibrant downtown. Now it's empty storefronts and desperate people.

The industry is gone, there is nothing else. Before Wal-Mart, Roseburg was a healthy city with a healthy economy. Not now...

C_Ryback
C_Ryback

Tell that to the 20% of Cuban workers LAID OFF by Fidel, OweBama's buddy.

Duh.

angelfly72
angelfly72

@C_Ryback A few Walmart stores has had to cut some deals with local governments to get the business permits approved. Many communities are well aware of what this company does, and they have asked the company to pay prospective employees a little more than minimum wage and offer health care. But this doesn't happen very often.