Notes on the Atrocities
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Saturday, October 25, 2003  

Wal-Mart is quickly becoming one of the most abusive companies in America. The latest trouble they've found themselves in by hiring--and apparently taking advantage of--immigrants is just a part of this pattern of abuse.

Mr. Zavala said the contractor that he and Eunice, his wife, worked for paid them $400 a week each for working 56 hours. That would come to $6.25 an hour if time and a half overtime is included for all hours worked in excess of 40.


Abusing its employees is nothing new for Wal-Mart. I don't think many Americans were surprised by these new allegations. But the effect of this worker abuse is particularly obvious now--as supermarkets in California cite Wal-Mart's prices as a main reason they can't "afford" to pay for worker health care.

I tell you what, it's time for consumers--who are themselves workers--to strike back at these companies. Here's my pledge: until Wal-Mart unionizes, I'm not setting foot in the place.

posted by Jeff | 8:22 AM |
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