A photo showing a Walmart food drive to help those who can’t afford a Thanksgiving dinner was posted on Facebook. But the food drive wasn’t for a charity — it was for Walmart employees who don’t make enough money at their Walmart jobs to celebrate Thanksgiving.
The photo, taken inside a Walmart store in Canton, Ohio, is being shared by OUR Walmart (a labor organization dedicated to unionizing Walmart associates through the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union), bringing attention to the fact that over half of all employees make $25,000 a year or less.
OUR Walmart, however, says that Walmart figure is wrong — the number is closer to $15,000.
And what did a Walmart spokesperson have to say about the fact that Walmart employees are being asked to feed their coworkers?
Kory Lundberg didn’t help matters much when he said the drive was “part of the company’s culture to rally around associates and take care of them when they face extreme hardships.”
Speaking with ABC News, Lundberg also talked up Walmart’s Associates in Critical Need Trust — a Walmart nonprofit funded by Walmart employees through payroll deductions or direct contributions that grants up to $1,500 to associates undergoing extreme hardships such as homelessness.
And check out this tidbit from Gawker, which indicates that the cycle of rich and poor will just keep on going:
As some have noted, the food being donated by employees to employees will likely be purchased at Walmart, sending that money right back into the Walton family pockets.
But the insult of all insults is this: Walmart is one of the handful of companies making their employees work on Thanksgiving Day to accommodate Black Friday shoppers. So those donated cans will most likely be enjoyed in a Walmart break room.
That is, if they are even allowed a break.
SOURCE: Gawker | PHOTO CREDIT: Facebook