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Fri Nov 23, 2012, 10:02 AM

America's 5 biggest low-wage employers

Two-thirds of workers earning under $10 an hour work for large corporations. Here are the biggest employers in low-wage industries.

By Trey Thoelcke, Michael Sauter, Alexander E. M. Hess and Samuel Weigley, 24/7 Wall St.

The gap between rich and poor is well illustrated by the large multi-billion-dollar​ corporations employing thousands of low-wage workers. With the Great Recession over, not only are many of these companies now hitting record profits, but their executive pay remains spectacularly high.

Yet, according to a refport released by the National Employment Law Project, the current federal minimum wage the workers are often paid, is worth 30% less than it was in 1968 in terms of purchasing power.

Two-thirds of low-wage workers -- those that are paid less than $10 an hour -- are employed by large corporations with at least 100 employees reports NELP. All of the largest companies in low-wage industries, including McDonald’s (MCD +0.95%)and Wal-Mart Stores (WMT +0.06%), have hundreds, even thousands, of stores across the country. Based on NELP’s July 2012 report, "Big Business, Corporate Profits, and the Minimum Wage," 24/7 Wall St. reviewed the 12 American companies that pay the least. You'll find the biggest 5 listed below.

These employers fall into one of two categories. They are are either large national restaurant chains employing tens of thousands of cashiers and cooks, or large national retailers, employing tens of thousands of cashiers and salespeople.

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In addition to low wages, many of these companies have a history of poor labor relations that extends beyond underpaying their employees. Long hours, unsafe or unpleasant working conditions, limited benefits and restricting access to full-time work, often accompany minimum wage jobs in many of these companies.

The recession has affected every company on this list. Many used the downturn to explain reductions in employee benefits, long hours, and continued low pay. However, the recession is over for a majority of minimum-wage employers. Nine of the 12 companies on this list have been profitable for the past three years. Of these 12 companies, a full ten had higher revenue compared to 2010.

Despite this fact, improvements in employee benefits or an increase in pay have not materialized for workers at most of the companies on the list.

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Based on the National Law Employment Project’s report, 24/7 Wall St. identified the 12 largest companies in industries that are primarily low-wage employers. The report also provided the most recent available data on the total size of the companies’ workforces, the recent performance of the corporations in terms of revenue and profit, and the highest executive pay at these companies. 24/7 Wall St. also reviewed revenue, income, and the number of stores from company filings.

These are the companies paying Americans the least.

1. Wal-Mart Stores (WMT +0.06%)
U.S. workforce: 1,400,000
CEO compensation: $18,131,738
Revenue: $446.95 billion
Net income: $15.70 billion
No. of U.S. stores: 3,868

The labor practices of Wal-Mart Stores (WMT +0.06%) have long received negative attention in the press, but that has not affected investors much. WMT’s share price rose more than 48% in the past five years. In 2008, Walmart agreed to pay $640 million in settlements of dozens of class-action lawsuits that claimed the company deprived workers of pay for time worked. In October a class action lawsuit was filed in a Chicago federal court alleging that the retailer had violated minimum wage and overtime laws. Walmart workers have begun to strike, and some plan to walk off the job on Black Friday, the busiest shopping day of the year. Walmart has filed an unfair-labor-practic​e complaint against the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union to prevent this from happening.

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Fri Nov 23, 2012, 10:06 AM

1. The others aree Target, Sears, McDonalds and Yum industries (taco bell, etc)

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Fri Nov 23, 2012, 10:14 AM

2. The list:

1. Wal-Mart
2. Yum! Brands (Taco Bell, Pizza Hut and KFC)
3. McDonald's
4. Target
5. Sears Holdings (Sears, K-Mart)

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Fri Nov 23, 2012, 10:15 AM

3. If I were writing a recipe for...

... revolution, this would be a key ingredient.

The days are numbered.

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Fri Nov 23, 2012, 01:25 PM

5. That site is a pain in the ass to move around in... but...

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