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Wal-Mart will have to do more than raise wages to improve their
image in Everytown USA. Let's be honest. Wal-Mart has made its
fortune on the backs of its many employees. The meager wages, the
lack of adequate health care coverage and the lack of other benefits
of any kind allow this mega giant to enjoy record profits year after
Wal-Mart is not a friendly competitor or business neighbor.
Wal-Mart has virtually wiped out all small mom and pop
establishments all across this country. Small-business folks cannot
compete with the buying power of this superpower of retail. Wal-Mart
simply scopes out the small business and begins to undercut the
small-business owner until the business goes belly up. "Perfectly
legal but lethal to any would-be entrepreneur."
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If Wal-Mart wants to remain an unorganized, nonunion entity, then
indeed they need to step up to the plate. Wal-Mart should give all
of their employees a better living wage, affordable health care
insurance options and realistic advancement opportunities, as well
as a retirement plan that can offer a little peace of mind to those
nearing the retirement age.
Happy, fairly treated, well-paid employees are better employees,
and better employees will remain loyal to the company for many
years. I am certain if Wal-Mart employs these things I have
mentioned, their image will dramatically improve.
(Posted Nov. 5, 2005)
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