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(CNN)   Walmart partners with farm labor group to boost pay. Congratulations Walmart workers - your job is now less attractive than migrant farm work   (money.cnn.com) divider line 13
    More: Florida, Walmart, farm workers, Immokalee, Coalition of Immokalee Workers  
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2014-01-18 11:46:30 AM  
4 votes:

Lucky LaRue: If people want a job that pays a good wage, maybe they need to get a marketable skill.  There's a reason why stocking shelves and punching keys on a cash register pays minimum wage.


I daresay Professional Heirs don't really have any marketable skills either, yet they're extremely wealthy. Just imagine if one of the Waltons woke up in a strange town, with a new face, and no memory of their previous identity. They'd probably spend the rest of their lives in a homeless shelter or, at best, in a shiatty apartment on welfare.
2014-01-18 12:52:41 PM  
2 votes:

DrewCurtisJr: So how much does this put into the worker's pockets? How many lbs does a worker typically pick in a day?


if I read TFA right, they're paying an extra penny per pound that gets passed on, and the workers currently get something like 50 cents per 32-pound bucket. So ... 82 cents per bucket now? No idea how many theyre expected to pick per hour/day though, so I dunno how much actual money it's gonna come out to.

While this is a step, and an important one, it's kind of a backhanded one, as they really should address their own wage problems before righting the wrongs of their partner industries. Instead, they've made it obvious what they think of their own workers here.
2014-01-18 11:47:23 AM  
2 votes:

Lucky LaRue: NewportBarGuy: Remember when Sam Walton paid his workers well and gave them stock options? Those were good times. Too bad his kids are such f*cking assholes.

If people want a job that pays a good wage, maybe they need to get a marketable skill.  There's a reason why stocking shelves and punching keys on a cash register pays minimum wage.


If we have business models relying upon non-self-supporting wages, maybe we need to get better businesses.

And good for Walmart on this decision. Is a step in the direction that they've got many more steps to take.
2014-01-18 11:11:47 AM  
2 votes:

Lucky LaRue: If people want a job that pays a good wage, maybe they need to get a marketable skill. There's a reason why stocking shelves and punching keys on a cash register pays minimum wage.


You sound like such a wonderful person and fun at parties!
2014-01-18 08:44:39 AM  
2 votes:
Remember when Sam Walton paid his workers well and gave them stock options? Those were good times. Too bad his kids are such f*cking assholes.
2014-01-18 09:15:15 PM  
1 votes:
My question.
We can build machines that fly faster than the speed of sound.
We can go to the moon and back
We can change a penis into a vagina
But we cant build anything than can pick tomatoes?

Sounds like the ol' we need slaves to pick the cotton line again.
2014-01-18 03:08:23 PM  
1 votes:
You guys do realize that this extra $0.01/lb. is just going to get passed along to the consumer, right?

They'll raise the price $0.05/lb, talk up the program (ie blame the price increase on it) and management will pocket the extra $0.04/lb.
2014-01-18 03:03:20 PM  
1 votes:
Walmart and Ford became the biggest companies in the world because they gave their workers a good wage and their customers a great deal.

It is funny how people do not remember that.

For example- Sam Walton would not take credit cards at Walmart because he didn't want his customers indebted  because of him. Now I cant go into a Walmart without a cashier trying to push the Walmart card on me.

Taking the 99 out of the price and swapping it for an 88 does not impress me. They are no better than anyone else when it comes to squeezing customers. I shop at Kmart because I can get people to help me and I can get through a register in less than a half hour. That extra 11 cents is worth it.
2014-01-18 02:04:00 PM  
1 votes:

jjorsett: Your worth to a business is how much additional revenue it gets for every dollar that it spends on you. If a business is required to expend more on people than it gets back, it will either find a way to replace them with machines or with different people who'll generate more revenue, or the business will fold.


And you're saying the current minimum wage is the absolute perfect value , that raising it even modestly would send the whole system into a crash? Obviously a business tries to maximize how much 'worth' they get per employee but they also try to minimize the costs per employee to do that. Perhaps there's a little wiggle room between minimum wage and the 'value' brought to the company by their work.
2014-01-18 01:12:26 PM  
1 votes:

WhoGAS: Wal-Mart should just build employee housing close to the store location.  That way, they can provide all their needs for them.  In exchange, the workers can get Wal-Mart Coins they can spend on anything at all in the Wal-Mart they work at.  If they want that silly cash, they can exchange their Wal-Mart coins, 4:1.  It's a great deal, really.  Why would they want to go anywhere else?

I know this is a great new, never before tried solution but give it a chance.

/What?


or better yet use dorms

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2014-01-18 01:05:07 PM  
1 votes:
But but but $17 Billionity dollurs profoot derp derp derp!
2014-01-18 12:56:24 PM  
1 votes:
Wal-Mart should just build employee housing close to the store location.  That way, they can provide all their needs for them.  In exchange, the workers can get Wal-Mart Coins they can spend on anything at all in the Wal-Mart they work at.  If they want that silly cash, they can exchange their Wal-Mart coins, 4:1.  It's a great deal, really.  Why would they want to go anywhere else?

I know this is a great new, never before tried solution but give it a chance.

/What?
2014-01-18 10:02:38 AM  
1 votes:

NewportBarGuy: Remember when Sam Walton paid his workers well and gave them stock options? Those were good times. Too bad his kids are such f*cking assholes.


If people want a job that pays a good wage, maybe they need to get a marketable skill.  There's a reason why stocking shelves and punching keys on a cash register pays minimum wage.
 
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