It’s that time of year again; cheer and high spirits, family and friends, and goodwill to all mankind. Even the nation’s largest private employer (and one of the most profitable corporations on Earth) is once again getting into the spirit of the season, imploring its employees to help out the less fortunate. That those “less fortunate” people are other employees, and that they are less fortunate because of Walmart…well, let’s not be a grinch here.
In the video below, progressive radio talk show host Thom Hartman talks with Cynthia Murray of OUR Walmart. OUR Walmart isn’t just a group of anti-capitalist takers mooching off the hard work of makers like the Walton heirs; it’s the closest thing that Walmart will allow to a union without calling out Ted Cruz for a communist witch hunt.
Don’t worry — he’ll catch that red Russian b*stard Santa Claus, yet.
That Walmart has been America’s biggest welfare queen for decades is no secret; the Waltons always have been comfortable expecting the taxpayer to subsidize their $450 billion a year in profits. But to ask low-paid employees to donate food (purchased at Walmart, naturally) to other poverty wage employees? Murray responds:
“This isn’t unusual. Our workers are paid such low wages that we workers ourselves have helped other individual workers in our stores on a daily basis. But to put out a box and ask workers to donate food…at Walmart, we’re working for one of the richest companies in the world. I think that’s disrespectful.
What about raising our wages so we can afford to feed out families? What about giving us a consistent shift so that we can obtain a second job if we need to, because our wages are so low? So this isn’t the first time; Walmart knows that their employees are going hungry. So if they stepped up and gave us a little bit more money, we’d be able to make it a little bit more.
And like I said, our schedules are wherever and all over. So, if you wanted a second job, it’d be hard because you don’t have a consistent [schedule] so you could pick up another job.
But for us, you want us to donate to help our other fellow associates? Don’t get me wrong, we have done it in the past, and we will continue to help one another. But when is the company we work for, one of the richest in the world…when do they step up?”
Cynthia also makes a fascinating point about how Walmart’s low wages are actually hurting the company’s sales. A big chunk of Walmart’s business comes from its own employees. It’s a lesson in economics for the nation’s largest employer and retailer: If people don’t have money to buy things, you don’t sell them:
“[Walmart’s] sales have been flat for the last six quarters. The reason for that is that if we can’t afford to buy food, we can’t afford to buy just basic necessities…that’s why their sales are flat.”
It’s a lesson straight from Mr. Scrooge himself: Starve enough people, and the ghosts will come back to haunt you.