Ohio Walmart Held An Employee Food Drive…For Less Fortunate Employees

bins1-15660341jpg-b2a282e054d52e53It’s not unusual to have a food drive at work for the less fortunate during the holiday season. At one Walmart, donation bins appeared in an employees-only area, gathering food for people who are struggling to pay for a nice Thanksgiving dinner. The problem? Those struggling people are their Walmart colleagues.

Now, one should probably consider the source of this photo: OUR Walmart, an organization meant to mobilize Walmart workers for better pay and work conditions. It happens to be backed by the United Food and Commercial Workers union, with access to some very smart public relations people. They know that most people would have a very visceral negative reaction to relatively low-paid Walmart workers being asked to help out their worse-off colleagues.

The store in question is in Canton, Ohio. If you ask Walmart, and the Cleveland Plain Dealer did, this food drive is just an indication that store employees take care of each other. “This is part of the company’s culture to rally around associates and take care of them when they face extreme hardships,” the spokesman explained. The company also has staff-funded emergency assistance funds for colleagues.

Workers can have a nice holiday dinner if they work on Thanksgiving, but that doesn’t help the families that they provide for.

Is Walmart’s request of associates to help provide Thanksgiving dinner for co-workers proof of low wages? [Cleveland Plain Dealer]
Walmart is asking us to donate food to our coworkers [Facebook]

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  1. CommonC3nts says:

    If they work on thanksgiving???? Sorry, but no one should work on thanksgiving.
    Also it is sad that walmart uses welfare and donations so they can pay their workers even less. If they paid their workers a decent wage then everyone else would not have to subsidize them.

    • CzarChasm says:

      Sure, all we need to do is pay walmart workers $22.00 an hour and everything else would take care of itself, amIright?

  2. FusioptimaSX says:

    For SHAME. It’s fake charity acts like this that make me sick the one or two times per year I end up stepping in this store. Coercing under-payed employees to contribute to Thanksgiving meals none of their associates will have in the first place is beyond cruel. It’s like twisting the knife in ones back.