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Erica Goldberger 10-4-07 Week 6 Presentation The readings this week discussed the benefits and disadvantages that Wal-Mart brings to society. The UC Berkeley Labor Center study concludes that Wal-Mart is actually “shifting part of its labor costs onto the public.” The study claims that Wal-Mart employees are encouraged to rely on government safety-net programs, especially for healthcare rather than use the company’s plan. Since these programs are funded by taxes, the more Wal-Mart employees, the more tax-payers must pay for their healthcare. There is also clear evidence showing that Wal-Mart employees consistently receive lower wages than unionized workers at other large retail stores. The next two readings follow a debate between Wal-Mart and the UC Labor Study. Wal-Mart claims that the study was biased and funded by unions, which are out to attack Wal-Mart. Meanwhile, the researchers argue that the facts remain the facts, and three years later Wal-Mart employee wages and insured rates are significantly lower than those of unionized grocery workers.
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