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Oct. 28th, 2003 | 09:14 am

I found this quote Todd said, "We're told Wal-Mart sends their employees to get food stamps because they don't pay them enough to afford food. And this is what Albertson aspires to become?" in a story about the striking workers.

I find it interesting that rich both want to cut social services and to push more people onto them.

I wonder if the state could sue wal-mart to recover the cost of providing care to their employees.

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Xen Cat

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from: xencat
date: Oct. 28th, 2003 09:19 am (UTC)
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That's so messed up, words can't do justice to how screwed up that is.

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Diane Trout

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from: alienghic
date: Oct. 28th, 2003 10:00 am (UTC)
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Welcome to the Plutocratic States of America--all that matters is making the rich richer.

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Melody

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from: melodymuse
date: Oct. 28th, 2003 03:31 pm (UTC)
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I was thinking about this the other day. Have you ever spoken to anyone who works at Wal-mart? I had an online friend who did and he was happy with his salary. He was pretty young and wasn't looking at that job as a career though. I think there is a big point to be made there. I loved my job working for 'The Museum Company'. As the store manager working 40 hours, I had a pretty decent salary and the option of having health insurance but almost everyone who I staffed did not. Retail is spotty at best when it comes to any benefits. I chose that as a job not as a career.

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Diane Trout

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from: alienghic
date: Oct. 29th, 2003 02:01 pm (UTC)
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What's going on in wal-mart is a situation where statistics are likely to tell a more acurate story than individual anacdotes.

One of the problems is wal-mart is the largest employer in the country, and as many of the good high paying career jobs get axed, people who used to have a career end up stuck working there.

One common story is a skilled shop owner in a small town gets driven out of business by wal-mart undercutting their prices. They then end up working for wal-mart for a fraction of what they were making as an independent story. (And once the compititon is dead wal-mart can raise their prices again).

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Melody

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from: melodymuse
date: Oct. 29th, 2003 08:28 pm (UTC)
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I am always interested in individual stories. They often varied and paint a much broader picture than just cold hard facts and statistics. :)

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Diane Trout

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from: alienghic
date: Oct. 29th, 2003 11:03 pm (UTC)
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people relate better to the stories and they help us feel more connected. However that's just a limitation of our brains being evolved for dealing with groups of only a couple hundred people. At this point statistical trend lines can present a more accurate understanding to those who take the time to comprehend it.

A good example is the issue about whether or not cell phones cause brain tumors. For the guy whose wife developed a brain tumor shortly after getting a cell phone it seems rather obvious. However it could have been merely a coincidence, and the only way to seperate it is with good data and statistics.

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Bolowolf

Wal-Mart and their ilk

from: bolowolf
date: Oct. 29th, 2003 01:41 pm (UTC)
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That is pretty messed up. I'm really frightened if Albertson's hopes to mimic Wal-Mart. How pathetic. I would be curious to see if there was some way for the state to sue Wal-Mart. Wouldn't that just be the fair balance of the FTAA in action?

As for other comments about retail and benefits...I guess it depends on the type of retail. Working for box stores like Staples or Target...pay is decent, and benefits are paid for. There isn't as much time off as there is in the non-profit world though.

As my insurance costs could potentially triple for next year...paid health insurance is a big deal to me. Not to mention my partner not having insurance makes me all too aware of the disparities.

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