Wal-Mart Food Drive

I found this article, “Wal-Mart store’s food drive for its own workers” on the CNNMoney website. This article is very interesting. It discusses how Wal-Mart workers have been protesting, due to low wages. And that there are now food drives to give food to workers. The article states, “a report released by Congressional Democrats showed that the cost of these low wages are transferred to to taxpayers, since employees then rely on public assistance programs. The report, put out by the Democratic staff of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, estimated that one Wal-Mart supercenter alone employing 300 workers could cost taxpayers at least $904,000 annually.”

You can find the article here: http://money.cnn.com/2013/11/18/news/companies/walmart-thanksgiving-food-drive/index.html?iid=SF_E_LN

3 Comments »

  1. antoineb Said,

    November 19, 2013 @ 5:37 am

    It was a really interesting article. It illustrates how minimum wage affects families, which can be difficult to picture through the textbook. It would be interesting to see how all of the promotions will affect Wal-mart’s employment rate. I believe that all of the promotions they’re planning on having will cause a decrease in their hiring rate.

  2. nirenbek Said,

    November 20, 2013 @ 3:09 am

    I thought it was interesting that the article shows how taxpayers are affected by low wages. It gives them incentives to demand changes in the system such as these promotions at Wal-Mart. Great article to provide a real world example of general topics we learn in class.

  3. Stacie Maring Said,

    November 22, 2013 @ 2:48 am

    I think this article demonstrates a perfect example about how some people can’t live off of minimum wage, especially after taxes are taken out. By the time that taxes are taken out of one’s paycheck, they can barely afford to pay the bills and get food on the table every night. As the value of items rise and the prices of certain necessities rise, this becomes even more of an issue for people who are living solely off of minimum wage.

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