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How Walmart Unlawfully Punishes Workers for Medical Absences(6/1/2017)

"One family, the Walton family of Wal-Mart, owns more wealth than the bottom 40 percent of Americans." Senator Bernie Sanders

The government gives tons of favors to the largest corporations, increasing the significant advantage they already have over smaller competing businesses. If, in the court of public opinion, Wal-Mart has been tried and convicted for the murder of main street, mom-and-pop America, then the government could easily be found guilty as a willing accomplice. Wal-Mart receives hundreds of millions of dollars of subsidization by local governments throughout the country. These subsidies take the form of bribes by local politicians trying to convince Wal-Mart to come to their town with the dream of significant job creation. Of course, from that follows a larger tax base. For example, a distribution center in Macclenny, Florida received $9 million in government subsidies in the form of free land, government-funded recruitment and training of employees, targeted tax breaks, and housing subsidies for employees allowing them to be paid significantly lower wages. A study by Good Jobs First found that 244 Wal-Marts around the country had received over $1 billion in government favors." ThinkByNumbers

The six Wal-Mart heirs possess more wealth than the bottom 40% of families in this country. Or, in other words, six surrealistically-rich people who say they can’t provide decent wages or benefits for their workers have more wealth than roughly 160 million other Americans combined. Much of that Wal-Mart wealth is directly attributable to the ways U.S. taxpayers subsidize the Wal-Mart labor pool, offer tax breaks, and tilt the playing field so that so much wealth flows into those few hands. Six people. Think about that, if your own head isn’t too far up your nether orifice, then think of the people and policies that created such disparity. Smirking Chimp: 12 Signs America Is Insane By Jaime O'Neill

In its ascent to dominance, Wal-Mart deliberately targeted small, independent retailers primarily located in rural areas. These small businesses did not have cost advantages that allowed them to compete with Wal-Mart, and as they were driven to extinction, so were the middle-class incomes earned by the small business owners. Wherever Wal-Mart has a presence in the market, middle-class incomes of small-scale entrepreneurs are replaced by the bottom-tier incomes of Wal-Mart employees, and middle-income manufacturing jobs are eliminated though outsourcing to low-wage markets offshore. This process is now known as the familiar "Wal-Mart Effect," and the upshot of this effect is income polarization." Joel Magnuson: Mindful Economics.

Walmart's Out-of-Control Crime Problem is driving police crazy (8/17/2016)

Wal-Mart's Closures Leave Small Towns Without Convenience (1/30/2016)

Damning New Report Reveals Walmart's Elaborate Tax Dodging Scheme (6/17/2015)

Walmart Rolls Back Its Tax Bill – And Passes The Consequences On To You (11/20/2014)

Walton Family Threatening Clean Energy Future (10/10/2014)

Three Cheers For Walmart (7/11/2014)

Supreme Court Of Canada: Wal-Mart Must Pay For Closing Unionized Store (6/27/2014)

Walmart’s Executive Bonuses Cost Taxpayers Millions (6/4/2014)

Mega-rich Walmart heirs give almost none of their own money to Walton Family Foundation (6/4/2014)

Welfare For Walmart (4/14/2014)

Sign the Petition to Walmart to pay a decent Wage (9/22/2013)

Walmart's Newest Scheme to Ruin the Middle Class (8/25/2013)

Why Walmart’s Death Grip on Our Food System Is Intensifying Poverty (3/27/2013)

Walmart sues Groups For Protesting Its Poor Working Conditions (3/27/2013)

Why Are Walmart Billionaires Bankrolling Phony School Reform in LA ? (3/5/2013)

Walmart: America's No 1 Gun Source (1/7/2013)

Walmart Pads Their Payroll With Your Tax Dollars: Call On Congress To Stop Them (11/17/2012)

Walmart: America's Real 'Welfare Queen" (10/10/2012)

Why Walmart, Why Now ? (10/10/2012)

How 'Every day Low Prices' are costing Americans their jobs (8/10/2012)

Corrupt Walmart...(4/2012)

Five of the Nastiest Examples of Wal-Mart Evil (6/15/2011)

So how, exactly, does Wal-Mart get us those low prices, yet high profit ?

Mostly, they choose products made in the very lowest wage countries, not those made in the US. They don't care if it costs jobs.

They aggressively oppose unions. Employees might have some leverage for higher wages or better benefits if they were allowed a union, but Wal-mart would rather close than allow it.  They closed at least one store when it looked like organizing was successful. The right to organize a union is part of the UN Declaration of Human Rights. Wal-Mart employees don't have that right.

Women are much less likely to be promoted than men.

When Wal-Mart builds new stores, it often sites its stores in the town adjacent with the lower taxes, it goes for taxpayer funded incentives, and the result in many places is boarded up downtowns, small business closed up, and a lot fewer retail choices. The town's tax base implodes, and services are curtailed to correspond. Urban sprawl accelerates, downtown rots, and low wage jobs replace decent ones lost. Competition is driven out. How is that for a deal ?

They are very hard on their suppliers. To compete for Wal-Mart's business, it is necessary to stop manufacturing here in the US and ship jobs to a capitalist paradise like China where there are subsistence wages, long hours, sweatshops, and no environmental regulations. The products can themselves carry toxic ingredients. With loose or non-existent regulations on imported products, consumers are on their own to figure out the consequences. So part of the deal is we lose manufacturing, and get toxic products.

If Wal-Mart is tough on its suppliers, it is just as tough on its employees. It tends to pay minimum wages which are barely living wages, it effectively is subsidized by taxpayers because its employees qualify for food stamps and medical subsidies. Your tax dollars subsidize those low Wal-Mart prices because they are making up for those low Wal-Mart wages.

Wal-Mart is a prime example of a monopsonist: a company which is such a powerful buyer that it can pressure its suppliers into suicidal terms. The only way suppliers can meet Wal-Mart's demands is by moving manufacturing to third world countries. The US has lost millions of manufacturing jobs in the last few years. Not only has Wal-Mart devastated thousands of small towns, vigorously opposed labor unions. pushed their minimum wage employees onto the public dole, strained public health facilities, it helped strip the manufacturing base from this country. The US trade deficit has soared, and overseas sweatshops have flourished.

The Walton family has lobbied mightily to roll back the "death tax" (aka the estate tax). That would "provide an estimated $32 billion tax break for the Walton family. (http://arizona.indymedia.org/news/2010/08/77666.php

Those low prices are not without cost. See the film: Walmart, the High Cost of Low Prices. (free and on-line).

If the new normal is low paid, low skill employees then we will not have a middle class or a robust economy again.

Wal-Mart is bringing the southern plantation model to the world.

....It is very smart...for the Walton family. Not you.

Walmart expanded rapidly with generous taxpayer-paid incentives. In return it blighted many downtowns, forced their suppliers to send jobs off shore, fought off unions, kept wages low, and will even take over schools.

"The Waltons have long supported efforts to privatize education through the Walton Family Foundation as well as individual political donations to local candidates. Since 2005, the Waltons have given more than $1 billion to organizations and candidates who support privatization. They’ve channeled the funds to the pro-charter and pro-voucher Milton Friedman Foundation for Education Choice, Michelle Rhee’s pro-privatization and high-stakes testing organization Students First, and the pro-voucher Alliance for School Choice, where Walton family member Carrie Walton Penner sits on the board. In addition to funding these corporate-style education reform organizations, since 2000 the Waltons have also spent more than $24 million bankrolling politicians, political action committees, and ballot issues in California and elsewhere at the state and local level which undermine public education and literally shortchange students." Bill Moyers

Walmart Shootings

What It's Like to Work in Walmart Hell (10/29/2010)

\Wal-mart's War on Labor. (video 10:21)  Here's a good reason not to spend at Walmart.

Walmart: The Inhuman Essence of a Corporate Person  (3/31/2010)

Wal-Mart, the new southern plantation

The Waltons and Wal-Mart: Self-Interested Philanthropy (pdf 2005)

Reports and Economic Impact Studies on Wal-Mart and Big Box Development

Debate about Wal-Mart in Chicago (1/18/2010)

Why Wal-Mart Is So Evil (10/3/2009)

So What's the Big Deal, If Wal-Mart Makes a Mistake?

Of the top 10 richest people in the US, four are Wal-Mart heirs. Even with the stock market way down, their joint wealth totals more than $79 billion.

Wal-Mart spends millions to avoid small fine for employee death

Lawsuits: a Volume Business at Wal-Mart. (8/13/2001)

Support the campaign to help local independent businesses by buying from them rather than from chain stores.

 Before Ronald Reagan there might have been anti-trust enforcement for Wal-Mart, but since Reagan, Republicans don't enforce anti-trust. That should change.

ABC News Investigation: The Blueberry Children --Children as Young as 5 and 6 Working in the Fields of Large Blueberry Grower Featured by Walmart 30 Oct 2009 Walmart and the Kroger supermarket chain have severed ties with one of the country's major blueberry growers after an ABC News investigation found children, including one as young as five-years-old, working in its fields. The children were discovered at the Adkin Blue Ribbon Packing Company, in South Haven, Michigan, this summer by graduate school students working with ABC News as fellows with the Carnegie Corporation. The owner of the company, Randy Adkin, was once featured on a Walmart billboard advertising his "locally produced and locally sold" blueberries.

Wal-Mart's Pac Mentality

Wal-Mart's Violation of US Workers’ Right to Freedom of Association

How Wal-mart evaded 2.3 Billion in taxes.

Tell the FEC to investigate Wal-Mart According to a recent article in the Wall Street Journal, Wal-Mart threatened employees that if they voted for pro-worker candidates like Barack Obama, the Employee Free Choice Act will pass, making it easier to form unions in Wal-Mart stores. Telling employees how to vote in a U.S. election is not only morally reprehensible, it's potentially illegal.

Video

Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price. Walmart (Watch it free on-line.) What is behind the low prices at your neighborhood Wal-Mart? "Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price" is a feature length documentary that uncovers a retail giant's assault on families and American values.

Walmart Movie

Bibliography

Cornered: The New Monopoly Caitalism and the Economics of Destruction, Barry C. Lynn

To Serve God and Wal-mart, The Making of Christian Free Enterprise: Bethany Moreton.

Nickel and Dimed: Barbara Ehrenereich

Links

Wal-Mart Subsidy Watch

Breaking the Chain: the Antitrust Case Against Wal-Mart Harper's, July 2006

Harper's Magazine: Break up Walmart

Walmart Watch

Walmart Subsidy Watch See their Resources.

DSA Wal-Mart Page

Wake Up Walmart

Sprawl Busters

Walmart (video)

The WalMart Effect. Charles Fishman

Big Box Swindle: Stacy Mitchell

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