Friday, April 08, 2005

Each Wal-Mart employee costs you $2,000

According to the KEA Reporter, "the official letter of the Kent Education Association":

"*Wal-Marts anti-union, low wage, low-benefit policies have left its employees in need of hundreds of millions of dollars in public aid for various health-care and social safety net programs such as food stamps, Medicaid and subsidized housing.

* A congressional report estimates that the typical Wal-Mart store costs the federal taxpayers $420,750 a year-- more than $2,000 per employee.

* Many of our students and their families suffer harm as a result of Wal-Mart"s poverty level wages and benefits. The WEA Children's fund is therefore at cross-purposes when members use the fund to shop at Wal-Mart."

The only organization opposing the WEA is the Evergreen Freedom Foundation, an anti-union and anti public school organization that is partially funded by Wal-Mart through the Walton Family Foundation. The Olympia based organization is also partially funded by Richard Mellon Scaife, although the organization claims to be a grass-roots WA organization that is funded by in- state contributions.

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