Walmart---and to be fair, many other garment wholesalers and retailers doing business in Asia---has long been rightly pilloried for the way workers making all that cheap plastic (wearable) crap from China Asia are mistreated. As recently as June, Just Style ran with the headline: Wal-Mart Asia accused of garment worker abuses. Problems with subcontractors, however, are not just an Asian problem as Nate Carlisle, writing for The Salt Lake Tribune reports in Wal-Mart contracts allow polygamous concrete companies to expand.
According to the police report, [truck driver Marvin] Steed said he was working for Phaze Concrete---a construction company based in Hildale, Utah, home to the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. A Salt Lake Tribune investigation has found Phaze is a major financier of the FLDS Church. Former employees have said large portions of their pay were sent to the sect and that Phaze used underage employees, some of whom drove heavy machinery.
So, how does Walmart feel about where the company's construction dollars go?
In response to Tribune questions, Delia Garcia, a Wal-Mart spokeswoman, issued a statement. "General contractors are selected through a competitive bid process," the statement said. "General contractors are responsible for hiring, paying and managing the subcontractors. We expect all General contractors and their subcontractors to comply with all applicable local, state and federal laws as well as Walmart's Ethics Standards."
Translation: Walmart is not responsible. Jeff Hess: Have Coffee Will Write.

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