It is no secret that Wal-Mart pays its associates low wages. The wages are so low, in fact, one store branch even held a canned food drive for their own employees to donate food to other employees for the holidays.
The company employs over one million workers, which makes them the largest employer in America. The six members of the Walton family who own 50% of the company have the same net worth as the bottom 42% of American families COMBINED, which is equal to $144 billion dollars.
AFL-CIO put together a wonderful story of the rise of Wal-Mart and their multi-billion dollar empire, but they really put life into perspective by documenting the hardships and massive struggles that their employees face day to day as a result of low wages and scarce benefits. Apparently, success is measured by being the country’s largest employer with the most people on welfare.
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