America’s largest employer, Walmart, has announced that it will no longer be providing benefits for many of its part-time employees. According to the Associated Press, Walmart will no longer offer health insurance to employees who work less than an average of 30 hours a week starting January 1st, 2015. The workers will be forced to find other means of insurance and given Walmart’s terrible wages many of those workers will likely find themselves on public assistance.
|By: EllenBravo Thursday September 25, 2014 7:10 pm|
Girshriela Green got involved the day someone called saying he wanted to make a change at Walmart – the corporation that had left her seriously injured from overwork and seriously underpaid. “I was sitting at home in a neck brace,” she said, “going, how did I land here – I was a model employee, I exceeded all expectations, and I’m sitting here broken.”
When she returned to work, Girshriela needed light duty because she was still recovering from the injury and because she was pregnant. She had trouble getting accommodations and began to hear from other women who were afraid to tell their manager they were pregnant. “Shouldn’t nobody be scared to tell someone you’re starting a family,” says Girshriela. “That’s a beautiful thing.”
|By: Peter Van Buren Wednesday August 27, 2014 2:25 pm|
The way you functionally subsidize companies paying low-wages to workers– ponying up the difference between what McDonald’s and others pay and what those workers need to live via taxpayer-paid SNAP (food stamps) and other benefits– is a hidden cost in plain sight. You’re already paying higher prices via higher taxes; you just may not know it.
|By: Peter Van Buren Thursday August 7, 2014 11:45 am|
Raise the minimum wage. The arguments for are strong, and the arguments against don’t hold up to facts.
One important reason to raise the minimum wage to a living one is that people who can afford to feed themselves will not need food stamps paid for by taxpayers. You still think everything on the dollar menu really costs only a dollar? Companies who profit off their workers’ labor will be forced to pay a fair price for it, and not get by on taxpayer-subsidized low wages. Just as important, people who can afford to feed themselves earn not just money, but self-respect.
|By: Peter Van Buren Wednesday August 6, 2014 7:55 am|
Walmart, which already is profiting mightily from federal, taxpayer paid corporate welfare in the form of food stamps subsidizing its workers’ low wages, as well as billions in direct profits from buyers shopping with food stamps, also takes advantage of tax laws that help it avoid paying federal tax.
|By: Peter Van Buren Thursday June 19, 2014 8:03 am|
Last year eight Americans — the four Waltons of Walmart fame, the two Koch brothers, Bill Gates, and Warren Buffett — made more money than 3.6 million American minimum wage workers combined
|By: dakine01 Wednesday June 4, 2014 2:18 pm|
Through all these four plus years of job growth to get back to where we were at the start of the Great Recession, we have been falling behind as it takes roughly 90,000 new jobs each month just to keep up with the new people entering the job market each month. If we take it back to the beginning of the Great Recession in December 2007, we are still in the hole on needed jobs by a bit over 7M (6.5 (years) x 12 (months per year) x 90K (jobs per month) = 7,020,000.)
|By: Peter Van Buren Monday May 12, 2014 9:19 am|
Sometimes the effects of our social and income inequality are easy to see, but hard to measure.
But not in this case: despite falling revenues, and despite only reluctantly paying minimum wage to its workers, Walmart increased the pay for its top executives. The people who do the labor get little. The people who make the decisions that can cause falling revenues get more (and more and…) Could it be any clearer what is going on?
|By: DSWright Wednesday April 30, 2014 2:25 pm|
Can we finally write off neoliberalism as a bad idea? Due to alterations in how the World Bank calculates wealth China is set to surpass the United States as the world’s largest economy this year. Previous predictions imagined China overtaking the US in the next decade.