On May 12 union leaders, academics, and community activists met to discuss a strategy to rein in Wal-Mart's growing influence on pay and benefit scales throughout the American economy. In response to news of this meeting, here's what Wal-Mart had to say:
Sarah Clark, a Wal-Mart spokeswoman, said the company knew little about the meeting. "We believe that we pay good and fair wages and offer a comprehensive benefit package,'' she said. "There are numerous groups who do not want us to succeed for their own reasons."
She said that while critics say 40 percent of Wal-Mart's workers do not have company health insurance, 90 percent of its employees have health benefits through some plan - perhaps a spouse's or through state Medicaid.
So, um, Wal-Mart thinks it's just fine that its employees have health insurance as long as some other entity besides Wal-Mart has to pay for it? And that one of those prospective other payers is the federal government (i.e. you and me)?Posted by Linkmeister at May 21, 2004 12:01 AM