A Canton, Ohio area Wal-Mart is finally doing something to help employees who have trouble feeding their families!
No, they won’t be giving their employees more, or even less erratic hours. No, they have no decided to provide a living wage for their employees.
The Corporate Masters at Wal-Mart have taken a different approach. In feigned benevolence, they have kicked off what can accurately be called the “Donate Your Excess Food to Associates Who Can Not Afford to Eat Because We Don’t Pay Them Enough“…drive. Granted, only a complete imbecile would give it that name, but it is accurate.
A sign in the employee lounge in the Wal-Mart reads “Please Donate Food Items Here, so Associates in Need Can Enjoy Thanksgiving Dinner.”
Employees are encouraged to donate so that their coworkers can actually afford to eat on the holidays–after all, crippling poverty is just unacceptable if you can’t eat a real meal one day out of the year!
Some have expressed that, perhaps, Wal-Mart could go in another direction with helping employees. Wal-Mart could, perhaps, pay employees a wage that would allow them to provide for their families. However, Wal-Mart has demonstrated a fierce opposition to fair wages, as is evidenced by their threats to halt operations in Washington, DC if “Living Wage” legislation passed.
On Tuesday, Wal-Mart spokesperson Brooke Buchanan said the drive is held at various stores during the year for associates who are going through a rough patch. “That program was completely taken out of context. We are offended. This was an act of human kindness for our associates,” said Buchanan.
The drive, to which Wal-Mart does not even contribute at the corporate level, is part of the Associates in Critical Need Trust. Buchanan says that employees have given $80 million through the program since 2001. The program also grants a generous “up to” $1,500 to associates who are facing “homelessness or illness.”
Perhaps rather than take offense at the public response, Wal-Mart could instead be offended that so many of its employees struggle to survive. Of course, Wal-Mart takes in 18% of SNAP money in the United States–so crippling poverty is a boon to the business. Let Wal-Mart be offended. Perhaps, one day, they will learn to be offended that so many of their employees need to rely on charity just to have some small fraction of what their wages should provide.
If you have the time, please watch Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Prices