Chamber of Commerce to Wal-Mart: keep up the good work!

chamber of commerce logoFor the past 11 years, the United States Chamber of Commerce’s Business Civic Leadership Center has held an award ceremony to honor and showcase “companies who care.”  The Corporate Citizenship Awards are given to businesses that, in the Chamber’s view, make a positive difference in society through community service, philanthropy, skilled volunteerism, and ethical decision-making.

So of course, it’s no surprise to any of us that Wal-Mart has been nominated for the Corporate Stewardship Award.  Right?

Calling Wal-Mart a “leader in sustainability and corporate philanthropy,” the Chamber of Commerce points to the company’s dedication to hunger relief and environmental sustainability as reasons for the nomination. It’s commendable that Wal-Mart is donating food to needy families, but the fact is that they’re neglecting to pay their own workers enough to keep food on the table.

In addition, in 2009 the corporation was involved in at least 73 class action lawsuits alleging wage-and-hour violations. These include forcing employees to work unpaid off the clock, erasing hours from time cards, and preventing workers from taking a lunch break.

Of course, the Chamber sees things differently:

“As the world’s largest retailer, Wal-Mart has the scope and responsibility to deliver on its promise to change lives.”

Let’s hope that, in the very near future, those words will hold some truth for Wal-Mart employees.

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One Response to “Chamber of Commerce to Wal-Mart: keep up the good work!”

  1. Michael Barret says:

    Every time i go into a Wal Mart store i try to engage some employee into a conversation about how they are treated by the company, how much they are paid, etc. Most are reluctant to giv out any information, out of fear that what they say might get back to management.

    I know they are not paid enough, or given enough hours of work to make a decent living, and having to work in fear sucks.

    Any legislator who passes legislation against collective bargening should be removed from office. I know they are making a decent salary from the public trough.

    Several years ago there was a butcher shop in a Wal Mart store where the meat cutters voted to unionize, and Walmarts reaction was to close down all meat markets and shift to pre cut meat. I understand that the meat cutters were not laid off, but were made to work in the grocery section of the store. I view this move by Wal Mart as an affront to workers and unconstitutional. I think the issue should be taken to the supreme court. I’m sure Wal-mart is making enough profit to pay their workers a livable wage, including a benefit package.

    I’m curious as to how much their supervisors and managers make. I would bet it is substantial.

    So, my brothers and sisters at Wal-Mart, fear not, Solidarity does work. Unions came about because of necessity, because most corporations are run by greedy and selfserving people, who probably believe in slavery.

    Sincerely, Mike Barret

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