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Did you know that after the Department of Defense, Walmart is the second largest employer in the United States? It has 2.1 million employees working at, or slightly above, minimum wage.
Each employee undergoes an annual review by management. If your work habits, attendance, relationship with customers and co-workers is exemplary, you might get a raise of 30 cents an hour. Oh, wow, book my cabin for that around the world cruise!
The CEO of Walmart received a raise last year of 14.1 percent. He now “earns” $20.7 million a year! That is 1,100 times more than a Canadian Walmart employee earning minimum wage. I wonder, does he limit himself to two 15-minute coffee breaks a day? Are his absences from work to play golf reviewed by anybody as is the case with the employees?
Remember, I am not talking about a single owner or partnership type of business when I say that these large corporations make their huge profits on the backs of their hard working, underpaid, non-union, employees. By the way, these figures can be verified online.
Bob Abrahams, Nelson