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Old 02-17-2004, 06:01 PM   #1
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Subject: Information on WalMart
What every American and Canadian needs to know.

The owners of one of America's premiere retail corporations is comprised of five of the ten richest people in the world, all from the same family.

Their personal wealth eclipses $100 BILLION dollars. Last year the
company's CEO was paid a cool $11.5 million, more than the annual salaries of 765 of his employees combined!

The company's profits are over $7 BILLION annually.

In these difficult economic times how do they do it?

This company runs ads featuring the United States flag and proclaims "We Buy American". In 2001 they moved their worldwide purchasing headquarters to China and are the largest importer of Chinese goods in the US, purchasing over $10 BILLION of Chinese-made products annually. Products made mostly by women and children working in the labor hell-holes China is famous for. Their average employee working in the US makes $15,000 a year,$7.22 per hour! - These employees gross under $11,000 a year.

The company brags that 70% of their employees are full time, but fails to disclose that they count anyone working 28 hours a week or more as
full time. WalMart refuses to stock Emergency Contraception at its
pharmacies.

There are no health care benefits unless you have worked for the
company for two years. With a turnover rate averaging above 50% per year, only 38% of their 1.3 million employees have health care coverage. In California alone it's estimated that the taxpayers pay over $20 million annually to subsidize health care benefits for these employees who get none from this behemoth corporation.

According to a report by PBS's "Now" with Bill Moyer, their managers are trained in what government social programs are available for these "employees" to take advantage of so that the company can pass on those costs to you and me. It allows
them to not only keep their $7 BILLION in annual profits, but to do so by substituting benefits they refuse to provide with benefits paid for with taxpayer dollars.

This company holds the record for the most suits filed against it by
the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. A lawyer from "Business Week" (not exactly the bastion for supporting Labor) said, "I have never seen this kind of blatant disregard for the law." They had to pay $750,000.00 in Arizona for blatant discrimination against the disabled! The judge was so incensed that he also order them to run commercials admitting their guilt.

The National Labor Relations Board has issued over 40 formal
complaints against the corporation in 25 different states in just the past five years.

The NLRB's top lawyer believed that their labor violations, such as
illegal spying on employees, fraudulent record keeping, falsifying time cards to avoid paying overtime, threats, illegal firings for union organizing etc., were so widespread that he was looking into filing a very rare national complaint against the company. (The company contributed $2,159,330.00 to GW Bush and the GOP in 2000 and 2002. The NLRB attorney was replaced when President Bush took office.).

Nearly 1 MILLION women are involved in the largest class-action suit every filed against a corporation. Although women make up over 65% of this corporations work force only 10% of them are managers. The women who have become store managers make $16,400 a year LESS then the men.

The corporation took out nearly 350,000 life insurance policies on
their employees. They did not tell the employees and then named the corporation as the beneficiary. They are now being sued by numerous employees, and although the corporation has stopped this practice of purchasing what is known as "Dead Peasant Policy's", a company spokesperson stated, "The company feels it acted properly and legally in doing this."

They force employees to work after ordering them to punch out. In Texas alone this practice of "wage theft" is estimated to have cost employees $30 million per year. Wage theft or "off-the-clock" lawsuits are pending in 25 states. In New Mexico they paid $400,000.00 in one suit and in Colorado they had to pay $50 MILLION to settle one class-action case brought against them. In Oregon a jury found them guilty of locking employees in the building and of forcing unpaid overtime.

With 4,400 stores they practice "predatory pricing." They come into a community and sell their goods at below cost until they drive local businesses under. Once they have captured the market the prices go up. - Locally owned and operated businesses put virtually all of their money back into the community which helps keep the local economies vibrant. This
corporation sucks the money out of the local community, decreases wages and benefits and ships the profits out of state.

This company doesn't buy locally or bank locally. They replace three decent paying jobs in a community with two poorly paid "part-timers". - In Kirksville, Missouri when this company came to town, four clothing stores, four grocery stores, a stationary store, a fabric store and a lawn-and-garden store all went under. Eleven businesses are now gone. (The above information can be found in "Thieves in High Places", James
Hightower, The Penguin Group, New York, NY, 2003 p. 166 - 193.)

Now you know how they can claim, "Always low prices."

Wal-Mart is the largest corporation in the world, larger than General Motors and ExxonMobil. Wal-Mart will
reap over 250 billion in sales in 2003, which is larger then the entire gross national product of Israel and Ireland combined. It has over 1.3 million employees. It sells more groceries, jewellery,
photo processing, dog food, and vitamins than any other chain in the world. Wal-Mart is owned by the Walton family. They will also never see a dime from my wallet again. Please feel free to circulate this memo to everyone on your email lists. Only we, the citizens of this great country can stop this race to the bottom. ""Never doubt that a small group of committed people can change the world; indeed it is the only thing that ever has." Margaret Mead, Anthropologist

I received this email from a labour head friend of mine.

Next time you go to or think about going to Wal-Mart think about their practices and find a store that supports its neighbours!
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Old 02-17-2004, 06:04 PM   #2
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nice post


I would encourage people to read How Wal-Mart is Destroying America (and the World) by Bill Quinn. Definately an eye opener.
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A number of generalizations and partial facts. Until people lose their appetite for lower prices, Walmart should be around for a long time.
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actually wal-mart often does not have the lowest price, but their prices are low enough and you have the convienence of having everything in one place and that will keep people going there. I don't see wal-mart going away any time soon, but there are a growing number of communities that have/are working to keep wal-mart out.
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Tell me where the partail facts are and the generalizations!

No they are not going away but in LA they are stopping them from going further. They are so scared of what wal-mart supercenters will do they are banning them. 75,000 people are on the picket lines in California because wal-mart is making competiors lower benefits and wages. This war has only begun.
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I have 2 friends who work there. They say they will fire you for missing one day without a doctor's note, but they can't afford to miss a day's work and go to the dr. since they don't have ins. and can't lose the pay. So they have to go to work sick and cough all over the customers. I'd never work there because that ignorant morning cheer song makes me sick! They all have to meet and stand in a circle and clap hands and sing then cheer at the end!
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I've seen a number of e-mails similar to this one about large corporations.

Don't beLIEve everything you read! As NBCrusader said...some generalizations and some partial facts. If you do not believe us, all you have to do is do a search "news" search on Wal Mart and try finding all of these lawsuits, etc.

Now, I am not saying that Wal Mart is a desirable company...I am just saying that not every e-mail you get is 100% truth. Otherwise I might have the biggest penis ever and have made millions of dollars in transactions from Haiti!
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I can't believe anyone would want to go into a Walmart willingly.

It disgusts me. Yeah, the shampoo and toilet paper are cheap, but overall, the store is creepy. The best thing about moving to an urban downtown core is no Walmart. It's the suburbs that kill you.
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I prefer Target myself, and have not been to Wal-Mart since the local Target opened...

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A number of generalizations and partial facts. Until people lose their appetite for lower prices, Walmart should be around for a long time.
I agree. Also, in a lot of places, WalMart is the only store of it's kind. My boyfriend is from a small town in Iowa, home to the world's smallest WalMart, and it's pretty much the only grocery store besides Hyvee, or whatever it's called, unless you want to drive 45 mins to Des Moines. However, here we're in a big city, and I don't even know where a WalMart is (we have Meijers and Targets galore).
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The corporation took out nearly 350,000 life insurance policies on
their employees. They did not tell the employees and then named the corporation as the beneficiary. They are now being sued by numerous employees, and although the corporation has stopped this practice of purchasing what is known as "Dead Peasant Policy's", a company spokesperson stated, "The company feels it acted properly and legally in doing this."
That is just horrible!!!!

I've really despised Walmart since the first one opened in my home town. We now have 3 Walmart super centers with another one on the way.


We only have one Target. All the Kmarts shut down and we've lost two or three grocery stores since Walmart came to town. I can't even count how many mom & pop shops are gone because of them.

It is not worth it to me to save a nickel here or there to go inside that place. I would rather get my paper towels and such at the dollar store. All though the dollar stores are breeding like rabbits I just don't get that big corporation sick feeling in my stomach when I shop there. Anyway I would rather spend a little extra time and clip coupons and shop at United or Albertsons before going to WM.
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Just to confirm this isnt an email chain. This is from the head of my union. Addressed to all shop stewards. He put this together not some person who send chain mail.

check this site out- http://www.walmartwatch.com/info/myt...section_id=103
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OHhhhh, it is UNION PROPAGANDA.....

How is the punch?


Again....do not beLIEve everything you read!

I live in a mid-sized town in Illinois...adjacent to the property that my work sits on is a Super Wal-Mart....I will grocery shop there for the prices. It is a fairly clean store...and, oddly, the employees seem happy. I try not to spend more than 20 minutes in there EVER...the clientele gives me the creeps.

There isn't a single non-chain store in our town...which means that the majority of the mom-and-pops were driven out years ago. We have two Wal-Marts in town, and they are trying to put in a third, but, thankfully, the residents who would live adjacent to the property will end up blocking it.

All hail Target!
One of the GREATEST companies I know of (Target Corporation).
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Well I have first hand experience with some of the questionable activities that go on with this company. The firm I work for does consulting work for them. They are often up to 9 months behind paying us for our services while they obviously still expect us to continue our work.

Walmart drives out the majority of competition in most small towns so the people have no choice. Walmart purposely sell toys and such items where they don't make profit therefore driving out any competition in larger towns i.e. the bancruptcy of Toys R Us and Kay Bee Toy stores. Then they pay their architects, contractors and other consultants late in order to keep the money in the bank longer to earn from the interests rates in order to make up for these losses.
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I don't like Wal Mart either..I have one near me, and I've only been in it twice. It gives me the creeps, and I've heard about the insurance issue before. No surprise though that people that rich would operate a business in that manner.

A good alternative if you have one nearby is Costco. Reasonable prices/better quality than Wal Mart. I've heard/read nothing but good things about how they treat their employees. I have no affiliation w/ them other than I shop there, but just to throw that out there...
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