Wal-Mart - Wal-Mart, America's largest employer (1.3...

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Wal-Mart, America’s largest employer (1.3 million employees), has recently been subject to criticism by various groups and individuals. Many argue that Wal-Mart which offers affordable prices on everything from toys to truck tires has little or no regard for its employees, the community, and the overall American economy. Furthermore labor unions, religious organizations, and environmental groups have recently protested about the company’s business practices and policies. Wal-Mart denies any wrong doing and argues that it is attacked simply because it is the most efficient company in the history of American business. Wal-Mart believes they are constantly improving the productivity of America retail and continues to encourage competition and outsourcing. It can be seen that Wal-Mart is a double-edged sword; A company that is the best of its kind in promoting efficiency, low-cost sourcing while at the same time causing strife from employees, communities, and the global economy Wal-Mart, America’s largest employer (1.3 million employees), is a double edged sword. While many argue that Wal-Mart which offers affordable prices on everything from toys to truck tires has little or no regard for its employees, the community, and the overall American economy others argue that Wal-Mart is simply attacked because it is the most efficient company in the history of American business. While labor unions, religious organizations, and environmental groups have protested about the company’s business practices and policies Wal-Mart has shown they are improving the productivity of American retail while encouraging competition and outsourcing. Through their employees, the community and the global economy Wal-Mart is a company that has caused good and bad for the United States economy and workforce.
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With 1.3 million employees Wal-Mart has faced numerous lawsuits and issues. These issues include bare-bones wages, poor working conditions, and health insurance options. Employees have complained that the Wal-Mart atmosphere contributes to the unhappy working atmosphere. Because Wal-Mart managers are judged, primarily, on their ability to control payroll costs extra pressure is put on workers to be more creative and productive during work. Since the average Wal-Mart employee makes far less then the average retail worker the yearly income of a worker falls under the federal poverty line (Wal-Mart Facts, Health Care…). Because of this critics target Wal-Mart suggesting that the wages are unfair and not up to American standards. Another issue that faces Wal-Mart concerning employees is the poor working conditions. Many workers complain that during their time at Wal-Mart they have had to work over time off the clock. Many employees explained that while on their nighttime shifts they were not allowed to leave and if they did leave they would be fired. This problem escalated further when these employees were not paid for their overtime (Wal- Mart Watch, Workers…). Wal-Mart has also been accused of health insurance options that do not abide by
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This note was uploaded on 06/21/2008 for the course ILRCB 2010 taught by Professor Lieberwitzr during the Fall '07 term at Cornell University (Engineering School).

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