HomeLatest ThreadsGreatest ThreadsForums & GroupsMy SubscriptionsMy Posts
DU Home » Latest Threads » Forums & Groups » Main » Latest Breaking News (Forum) » Wal-Mart plans $50 billio... » Reply #20
Introducing Discussionist: A new forum by the creators of DU

Response to liberal N proud (Reply #14)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 10:36 PM

20. you do remember that dear old sam managed for years to get out of paying even minimum wage,

using the "small business exemption" and then went to court to try to keep doing it? the man was nothing but blood-sucking scum--the only thing that changed when he died was it got worse.

. . . .



Walton was good at playing "modest" despite the fact that he was the richest man in America when he died in 1992. But he achieved success by making sure that other people--especially the clerks, cleaners, truck drivers and other workers who make Wal-Mart run--didn't.

Walton admitted as much in his autobiography. "In the beginning, I was so chintzy I really didn't really pay my employees very well," he said. "We really didn't do much for the clerks except pay them an hourly wage." The "beginning" has lasted over four decades now.

Mr. Sam did everything he could to avoid paying even the minimum wage. The Labor Department investigated Walton for his illegal practice of using a "small business" exception to the minimum wage. When the Labor Department ruled against him, he sued in federal court to keep paying his workers below the minimum wage. Fortunately, he lost.

In the 1960s, the first attempts were made to organize Walton's workers--by the Retail Clerks Union, one of the forerunners of the present-day United Food and Commercial Workers union (UFCW). Connie Kreyling, a worker at the Mexico, Mo., Wal-Mart, was fired for trying to organize a union, and fought for two years to get her job back.

. . . . .

http://www.ncrp.org/news-room/news-2005/399-the-horrible-house-of-walton

Reply to this post

Back to OP Alert abuse Link to post in-thread

Always highlight: 10 newest replies | Replies posted after I mark a forum
Replies to this discussion thread
Arrow 55 replies Author Time Post
Redfairen Jan 2013 OP
niyad Jan 2013 #1
kestrel91316 Jan 2013 #8
DissidentVoice Jan 2013 #22
Populist_Prole Jan 2013 #2
freshwest Jan 2013 #17
Dr Hobbitstein Jan 2013 #36
freshwest Jan 2013 #37
Ellipsis Jan 2013 #3
Viva_La_Revolution Jan 2013 #19
DollarBillHines Jan 2013 #51
Ellipsis Jan 2013 #54
DollarBillHines Jan 2013 #55
Canuckistanian Jan 2013 #4
RiverSong Jan 2013 #6
Canuckistanian Jan 2013 #9
OswegoAtheist Jan 2013 #39
customerserviceguy Jan 2013 #15
Sherman A1 Jan 2013 #30
alp227 Jan 2013 #5
appleannie1 Jan 2013 #7
Art_from_Ark Jan 2013 #42
Wellstone ruled Jan 2013 #10
Tikki Jan 2013 #11
primavera Jan 2013 #12
DainBramaged Jan 2013 #13
liberal N proud Jan 2013 #14
LineLineReply you do remember that dear old sam managed for years to get out of paying even minimum wage,
niyad Jan 2013 #20
xtraxritical Jan 2013 #26
liberal N proud Jan 2013 #32
niyad Jan 2013 #35
Selatius Jan 2013 #41
patricia92243 Jan 2013 #16
Left Coast2020 Jan 2013 #28
matt819 Jan 2013 #18
diane in sf Jan 2013 #21
OneMoreDemocrat Jan 2013 #23
Sherman A1 Jan 2013 #31
hatrack Jan 2013 #45
brentspeak Jan 2013 #49
PSPS Jan 2013 #24
jsr Jan 2013 #25
KurtNYC Jan 2013 #46
keithmkr59255us Jan 2013 #27
JDPriestly Jan 2013 #29
Earth_First Jan 2013 #33
malthaussen Jan 2013 #34
cbrer Jan 2013 #38
underpants Jan 2013 #40
Drahthaardogs Jan 2013 #43
hatrack Jan 2013 #44
lynne Jan 2013 #47
samsingh Jan 2013 #48
Incitatus Jan 2013 #50
Sekhmets Daughter Jan 2013 #52
eilen Jan 2013 #53
Please login to view edit histories.