Archive for February, 2015

THE OTHER NEUTRALITY

Saturday, February 28th, 2015

One of the reasons I became disillusioned with President Barack Hussein Obama was that his campaign promise to push The Employee Free Choice Act, commonly known as Card Check, forward vaporized. I haven’t heard a peep about Card Check in eight years. Now, in the wake of Walmart’s wage-hike announcement, I came across Card Check […]

GLOBALLY, WALMART CAN BE STIFFED…

Saturday, February 28th, 2015

If you buy a lot of limes, as I do, both for cooking and use in adult beverages, you know that the market for limes has been a bit crazy of late. So messed up that I heard one story of drug cartels hijacking shipments. Now that is whacked. Still, business is business and growers […]

A STORE THAT WALMART WILL NOT BUILD…

Friday, February 27th, 2015

While I have no doubt that Walmart has decided before to not build a store after purchasing the land in the past, I can’t point to a single instance myself. For all those community groups who have worked tirelessly to keep a Walmart out of their neighborhood, for whatever reasons, this, at least, indicates that […]

$9 AN HOUR LOOKS GOOD, FOR NOW…

Friday, February 27th, 2015

The first shock to the system economic has come from the announcement of increases in Walmart wages for some 40 percent of the U.S. workforce. We do all need to take a breath and remember that not a single paycheck has been bumped up as of yet. (I agree that to renege on this promise […]

MCMILLON ON WORKERS, PEOPLE AND CRITICS…

Friday, February 27th, 2015

Doug McMillon is only the third man to follow founder Sam Walton—David Glass, 1988-2000; Lee Scott, 2000-2009; Mike Duke 2009-2014—as CEO of Walmart. I barely know McMillon, but one employee wrote to me to say that McMillon is different. Perhaps his work on the loading dock of a Walmart 1984 will play a role. Here […]

$10 PER HOUR IS BETTER THAN $7.25, BUT…

Thursday, February 26th, 2015

America is obsessed with exceptionalism. We care about the biggest loser, we celebrate winning the gold, we cheer the valedictorian. Not only can we not all be winners, we can’t even all be above average. Most of us have to fight to be in the middle and working hard just to not drown today is […]

THE NEED CONTINUES TO GROW…

Thursday, February 26th, 2015

My hope in juxtaposing the above image with stories of Walmarts good works is that whenever someone reads about Walmart’s philanthropic largesse, that they pause and remember that such gifts represent both a financial benefit through tax deductions and a public relations benefit through the well-deserved thanks from those helped and that paying workers a […]

WAGE TIMES HOURS EQUALS PAY…

Thursday, February 26th, 2015

Walmart has announced the intent to boost hourly wages over the next year and that is good. Walmart workers are pleased with the raise, but when the goal is a living wage the other half of the pay equation—pay=wage x hours—remains critical and may be a bridge too far for Walmart since workers clocking above […]

HOW TO BUY SOCIAL CLOUT…

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

When you own a publicly traded corporation, even when you own the majority of the shares and hence control the vote, minority stockholders can cause discomfort and embarrassment. Such is the case with Walmart. In addition to the matter of Trinity and gun sales, Walmart has a problem with Denise Nappier, Connecticut’s treasurer, because the […]

I’M DOOMED…

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

In a tale about Lindsey Stone, I came across this passage: At Farukh’s request, Lindsey had been emailing him photographs that didn’t involve her flipping off at military cemeteries. She’d been providing biographical details, too. Her favourite TV show was Parks And Recreation. Her employment history included five years at Walmart, “which was kind of […]

WALMART WEDNESDAY: OPEN THREAD…

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

How do you really feel about Walmart? Here’s your chance to express your true feelings—pro and con—about the world’s largest retailer. Write whatever you like in the comments section and engage your fellow readers in the conversation. Jeff Hess: Have Coffee Will Write.

THERE ARE SIMPLY TOO MANY STORIES…

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

Forty-eight hours later, the stories about Walmart’s announcement Thursday morning that the company has plans to bump up wages for some 500,000 employees are coming faster than I can read, digest and write about. In the interest of creating a partial catalog of opinions and insights, I’m going to leave this post stuck to the […]

WHEN WALMART HANDS YOU LEMONS…

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

There is plenty of speculation on how other users of minimum wage workers must react now that Walmart has upped the game in a panic to save the Bentonvile Behemoth’s cookies, but I have to applaud the way the National Federation of Independent Business—I’ve always thought the importance of any group is inversely proportional to […]

HOW THE RAISES MIGHT HAVE BEEN FINANCED…

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

I referenced this 2013 study from Demos by Catherine Ruetschlin and Amy Traub last week, but now, as the fallout from the Bentonvile Behemoth’s 19 February announcement has spread a bit, I wanted to return to the report as a progressive way Walmart might have financed workers’ wages. The core of Ruetschlin’s and Traub’s argument […]

RALPH NADER ON THE WALMART RAISES…

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

After meetings with Walmart representatives, public letters to the company’s CEO, and picketing Walmart stores over the past several years, we see that Walmart now decides to be one step ahead of several pursuing state laws that are raising the minimum wage. Still, Walmart’s increase to $9 an hour in April and to $10 an […]