12/22/2014 - According to the fortune global 500 list, based on revenue, Walmart is the world’s biggest company. With more than 2 million workers, it is also the largest employer.
But despite its huge earnings, Walmart is notorious for the low wages it pays its workers. In fact, wages are so low, the company counsels its workers on how to apply for government assistance!
Walmart is also infamous for its staunch opposition to unions. The giant retailer closed a brand new store in Canada because the workers there organized a union, and it closed all in-store meat processing soon after meat cutters at a Texas Walmart voted to form a union.
The Los Angeles Times reported that Walmart managers are instructed to call a hotline at the first sign of union activity. A phone call to the hotline prompts a visit by a team from the company’s headquarters to disrupt union organizing.
Walmart’s opposition to unions originated with its founder, Sam Walton, who wrote in his 1992 autobiography, “I have always felt strongly that we don’t need unions at Walmart…. The partnership we have at Walmart – which includes profit sharing, incentive bonuses, discount stock purchase plans, and a genuine effort to involve the associates in the business so we can pull together – works better for both sides than any situation I know of involving unions.”