Walmart Workers Leave Food Donation Bin Outside Alice Walton’s Manhattan Condo
— The Other 98% (@other98) November 24, 2014
With the Black Friday protests looming, Walmart workers in Oklahoma decided to take a bin set aside for people to donate food to impoverished Walmart employees and have it dropped off at one of the Walmart heiress’ homes. Alice Walton inherited a fortune from her father and founder of Walmart Sam Walton. She has an estimated net worth of $35 billion thanks to her inherited Walmart wealth making her one of the richest people in the world.
Walmart workers are often so poorly paid that they require public assistance and charity to make it through the holidays. Instead of agreeing to pay a livable wage to all its employees, Walmart is asking customers and others to donate food in bins located in various Walmart stores to help Walmart’s workers feed themselves and their families.
So after a manager at the Walmart in Midwest City, Oklahoma put up a bin workers at the store came up with an idea.
Not long after a Walmart manager in Midwest City, Okla., started a food donation campaign for her co-workers, Walmart heiress Alice Walton got an unexpected “gift” with a strong message from some other Walmart employees. According to Consumerist, a massive food donation bin was chained outside Walton’s Park Avenue condo in Manhattan. The message on the side of the bin read: Walmart owner Alice Walton: We don’t want charity. We want decent pay. Love, Walmart workers…
In stark contrast to Walton’s ultra-wealthy status, some Walmart employees are just scraping by. ABC News said, “The average starting wage for Walmart’s sales associates is $8.81 per hour in urban markets, according to IBISWorld, which translates to annual pay of $15,576, based on 34 hours of full-time work a week.” Walmart, the nation’s largest employer with more than 1.3 million workers, said its average pay for part-time and full-time workers, excluding managers, is $11.83 an hour, according to ABC.
The Walmart heirs’ wealth has long been of interest to the public given how massive it is. One statistic recently in the news is that the six Walmart heirs have more wealth than 42% of Americans combined. The traditional defenders of capital have been less than enthused to justify the Walmart heirs’ commanding fortune as unlike other plutocrats the case for the heirs having been rewarded for virtue is virtually non-existent. The Walmart heirs did nothing to acquire their gargantuan riches other than being born. Take that meritocracy.
Given the Department of Justice has outright refused to use antitrust laws against Walmart it seems that the retail Goliath is here to stay. Since that’s the case it behooves those concerned with workers having livable wages to support changes at Walmart so the company pays its workers fairly instead of asking the public for charity to get Walmart workers through the holidays.