Walmart CEO Mike Duke Forced to Step Down After NLRB Pursues Worker’s Rights Violations! Posted by: Howard Crane in Economic Issues November 25, 2013 The chief executive of Walmart Mike Duke has stepped down while the company struggles to deal with a sequence of confrontations with workers. Duke is to be replaced by company veteran Doug McMillon by February of 2014. The decision arose just days after claims by campaigners that Walmart is to be prosecuted for “violating the rights” of workers who participated in strikes over wages in the US. The National Labor Relations Board claims that Walmart “unlawfully threatened” employees for their part in the Black Friday walkouts last year, in which about 400 people participated. They have decided to pursue charges against Walmart for threatening and punishing workers who planned to go on strike last year. “The board’s decision confirms what Walmart workers have long known: the company is illegally trying to silence employees who speak out for better jobs,” said Sarita Gupta, executive director of Jobs with Justice. “Americans believe that we have the responsibility – and the right – to speak out against corporate abuses of workers, and this proves we’re finally being heard, and making kinks in Walmart’s armour.” The decision would address charges filed one year ago in advance of Black Friday 2012, when Walmart workers went on strike over low wages and lousy working conditions.
That was not my opinion. That was from Economics writer Howard Crane who is in the know on these type things. You are right about Duke. He should be behind bars. First he's the one in charge in Mexico when the illegal bribing was going on and now he breaking worker rights laws in this country. He may be going to trial and prison. That may be why they forced him out. Did not want the bad publicity when he gets taken down and have him still in charge.
Look up how many stores they have and multiply that number by $900,000.00. No wonder this country is broke.
Walmart wages are so low that many of its workers rely on food stamps and other government aid programs to fulfill their basic needs, a reality that could cost taxpayers as much as $900,000 at just one Walmart Supercenter in Wisconsin, according to a study released by Congressional Democrats on Thursday.
Though the study assumes that most workers who qualify for the public assistance programs do take advantage of them, it injects a potent data point into a national debate about the minimum wage at a time when many Walmart and fast food workers are mounting strikes in pursuit of higher wages.
The study uses Medicaid data released in Wisconsin to piece together the annual cost to taxpayers for providing a host of social safety net programs, including food stamps and publicly subsidized health care, to workers at one Supercenter in the state.
According to the report, Walmart had more workers enrolled in the state’s public health care program in the last quarter of last year than any other employer, with 3,216 people enrolled. When the dependents of those workers were factored in, the number of enrollees came to 9,207.
"When low wages leave Walmart workers unable to afford the necessities of life, taxpayers pick up the tab," the report says.
After accounting for the total number of Walmart stores and employees across the state and the per-person costs of BadgerCare, as the state’s health care program is known, the report's authors estimated that the cost of publicly funded health care comes to $251,706 per year for a 300-employee Supercenter.
The authors then added up the projected costs of other public-assistance programs available to families on BadgerCare, such as reduced-price school meals, Section 8 housing assistance, the earned income tax credit and energy assistance. Assuming all those workers avail themselves of those additional programs -- granted, an unlikely scenario -- the report extrapolates that the final tab would top $900,000.
In response to the report, Walmart spokeswoman Brooke Buchanan said the company was proud of the opportunities it provides for employees.
"Unfortunately there are some people who base their opinions on misconceptions rather than the facts, and that is why we recently launched a campaign to show people the unlimited opportunities that exist at Walmart," Buchanan said, noting that 75 percent of Walmart managers started as hourly employees. "Every month more than 60 percent of Americans shop at Walmart and we are proud to help them save money on what they want and need to build better lives for themselves and their families. We provide a range of jobs -- from people starting out stocking shelves to Ph.D.’s in engineering and finance. We provide education assistance and skill training and, most of all, a chance to move up in the ranks."
The report, entitled "The Low-Wage Drag on Our Economy," was produced by Democrats with the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, which is chaired by Rep. George Miller (D-Calif.). The committee says it chose Wisconsin because the state's data "appears to be the most recent and comprehensive." The paper is an updated version of an earlier report by the same committee in 2004, which at the time estimated that a 200-employee Walmart store could account for $400,000 in public assistance for workers.
"The labor policies of Walmart, and those of companies that emulate its low-road approach, end up leaving taxpayers holding the bag," Miller said in a statement.
Critics have long denounced Walmart for paying such low wages that many workers are forced to take advantage of public-assistance programs like food stamps or Medicaid. (Notably, many Democrats who lament this scenario are strong backers of such programs.)
Must have a pretty empty life to be concerned with something like that. Its just normal stuff. There's 51 Rolls Royce's on Ebay Motors, 53 Bentley's and 242 Lamborghini's and don't even ask how many Mercedes, I can't count that high. I don't understand where people that post things like that are coming from or why they would even post anything so meaningless like that.
Here's a real shocker though, there's a bunch of computer's for sale on Ebay. LOL Hey, it makes just as much sense to post that.
That was funny. Wal-Mart management are the greatest retail minds of the 19th century.
This Gray Thursday and Black Friday should be outlawed. Its just inciting a riot in my opinion and that is against the law.
Thanksgiving Day bargain shoppers send 11year-old to hospital.
MCT Regional News
Nov 29, 2013
Crowds began forming for Thursday evening’s shopping deals at local retailers in the area and one of the bargain shoppers at the New Boston Wal-Mart sustained injuries as patrons entered the store.
Reports of an ambulance at Wal-Mart came in during the evening hours and the New Boston Police Department confirmed a report of a female being trampled at the store.
Judy Boggs, who was one of the crew members that responded to the incident for Portsmouth Ambulance, could not divulge too much information due to HIPAA laws.
“The first call came in at 7:56 p.m. that a child had been trampled at Walmart. The crew was on scene at 8:01 p.m.,” Boggs said.
When asked how old the child was, Boggs said she was an 11-year-old female. She could not give out the name of the child due to HIPAA laws.
“She was transported to Southern Ohio Medical Center for treatment and I believe she was later released,” Boggs said.
Boggs said she could not describe the extent of the child’s injuries.
She said a separate crew from Portsmouth Ambulance responded to the New Boston Wal-Mart for another incident Thursday evening.
“There was another patient there we transported also, for not necessarily being trampled, but it was something along those lines. This was an elderly female. The crew was dispatched on that at 8:02 p.m.,” Boggs said.
She said the description of the elderly patient could not be given because the crew that responded had not, at that time, turned in their paperwork.
The Daily Times sought comment on the two situations from the New Boston Wal-Mart.
“We cannot discuss that. If you have any questions you would have to go through our home office,” a store representative said.
A call placed to Wal-Mart’s Bentonville, Ark. headq
The only darkness Chuck Norris experienced is that his republican party is all but dark and dead.
People are always looking for fools. They want $109,995 for a S that you can buy from Tesla for $85,000. I'd sell mine too if I thought I could get that and just buy another new one. I know there's a wait to get one but I think I'd just wait and save 25K.
Cool. You gotta love the way this thing is progressing.
The shorts are quieter than a church mouse on this one. Wonder why. LOL
The senate did not get the bill because it failed to pass in the GOP controlled house. People on here will lie about anything if they have nothing good to talk about from their party.
Yet another dagger in the heart of the shorts. Once again proving that Tesla is the safest car on the road, bar none.
The big oil companies have already warned us these kind if incidents are going to happen if we try to move to electric cars.
When asked for a comment, Shelia blamed it on all stress she's under as the numbers she has to work with are just getting larger and larger.
Not to mention you just laugh as you pass by the gas stations
That's because the economy has improved so greatly under Obama. Its obvious to most anyone. The only thing I can figure about the republicans that are crying how bad the economy is, are the ones that followed Limbaugh's advice to sell at the bottom and bought Glenn Beck magic gold coins at the top. Even a raging economy can't overcome stupidity.
I have not been drinking anything just reading the news. Try it. Its a great way to know whats going on.
(Reuters) - Nearly 80,000 Californians have enrolled in private health insurance plans through the state's exchange marketplace created under President Barack Obama's healthcare law, the Covered California exchange said on Thursday.
The latest data, which charts enrollment from the October 1 start through November 19, means that about 20,000 more people signed up for plans since the exchange's initial update on its enrollment released November 13.
California, which is the most populous U.S. state and embraced the Affordable Care Act early on, is considered a crucial region for the administration's enrollment effort. The state is one of 14 operating their own exchanges, as opposed to relying on the federal government.
Last week, the U.S. government released initial data showing that 106,000 people had enrolled in new exchanges nationwide from October 1 through November 2. California's enrollment amounted to about one-third of all sign-ups during that period and outnumbered the combined tallies of all 36 states that use the faulty HealthCare.gov website operated by the federal government.
Covered California also released data on Thursday showing that nearly 23 percent of the sign-ups during the first month of enrollment were 18 to 34 years old, while 34 percent were 55 to 64 years old.