Walmart and McDonald’s Pretend They’re Great Employers!


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We need to work harder to ensure everyone earns a living wage!

I love when gross corporations try to spin reality to defend against criticisms.

For instance:

  1. Walmart used to take out dead peasant life insurance on its employees, putting itself in a conflict of interest: do their best to keep employees alive, or cash out on their secret insurance policies.
  2. Walmart gives Americans food stamp applications along with job applications because they pay so little. They depend on the government to feed their employees.

Quickly, some data:

  1. Walmart’s 2011 profit was $15.7 billion. Profit, not revenue. Workers deserve to be treated and compensated better with that kind of gold lying around.
  2. McDonald’s 2010 net income was $4.9 billion. Again, profit, not revenue. Workers deserve to be treated and compensated better with that kind of gold lying around. Are you sensing a theme? Both of these lovely corporations could spend billions more on wages, which is, of course, good for the local economies.

Corporate Fightback:

McDonald’s created a sad website designed to help employees budget for survival. It included this quaint little notion that workers would need a second job to survive. But even then, they neglected some key elements of a budget. Like food. Watch how the folks at LowPayIsNotOK.org re-spun McDonald’s pathetic budget website. Enjoy, then read below for Walmart’s attempt to clear the murky air!

Walmart’s website, sharing with us the “real” Walmart is a dream. My favourite section is call “The Real Facts.” Are non-real facts even facts, at all? [Orwell alert!]

Health care plans are available to eligible hourly associates starting at $17 per pay period.

via The Real Facts

Note well how they decline to mention what percentage of their employees make such huge wages, almost double the average wage at stores all over America!

Sail through the website and you will have a strong sense of peace, unicorns and rainbows. I feel better just writing these sentences about it. Enjoy it too…and wait for someone to re-spin it as happened to McDonald’s budgeting site.

There are a lot of misconceptions about Walmart. There’s even a website that makes fun of people who shop with us. Well, we want you to know the facts — who shops with us and why. Take this opportunity to learn about our associates and the opportunities available to them and their families. Read about how we deliver low prices and the commitment we bring to the communities we serve.

The facts might surprise you.

via Learn Real Facts about Walmart at the Real Walmart – TheRealWalmart.com.

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Stephen Elliott-Buckley

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Stephen Elliott-Buckley is a husband, father, professor, speaker, consultant, former suburban Vancouver high school English and Social Studies teacher who changed careers because the BC Liberal Party has been working hard to ruin public education. He has various English and Political Science degrees and has been writing political, social and economic editorials since November 2002. Stephen is in Twitter, Miro and iTunes, and the email thing, and at his website, dgiVista.org.

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One thought on “Walmart and McDonald’s Pretend They’re Great Employers!”

  1. In a world stood on its head, McD’s and WalMart are great employers. In a sane world they’re malignancies. Good post, thanks.

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