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Saturday, February 13, 2010

i think this is a pretty sad

statement of our culture.

when you are hungry you have to eat. i get that. what i don't get is walmart's (alleged) treatment of their employees. lack of benefits, lack of decent pay. i think it's important to instill in students a desire to reach for the stars, NOT to just settle.

Detroit schools offer class in how to work at Walmart
By Muriel Kane

Walmart has been widely condemned for offering its employees only low-paying, dead end jobs. Even President Obama criticized Hillary Clinton during the 2008 presidential campaign for having served on Walmart's board and stated that the firm ought to pay "a living wage."

In inner-city Detroit, however, where the unemployment rate is estimated at an astonishing 50%, the prospect of a Walmart job may appear far more attractive.

Four inner-city Detroit high schools have decided that employment with Walmart is an opportunity worth training their students to pursue. The schools have teamed up with the giant merchandiser to offer a for-credit class in job-readiness training that also includes entry-level after-school jobs.

According to the Detroit Free Press, the principal at one of the schools optimistically suggested that "the program will allow students an opportunity to earn money and to be exposed to people from different cultures -- since all of the stores are in the suburbs."..........

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Unknown said...

culturally abusive, environmentally abusive, community degrading and so much more to found at your local Walmart
I've boycotting them for years.

Unknown said...

i understand why people shop there too. it's cheaper. times are tough. you know good ol' sam walton (or whatever the hell his name was) didn't suffer. i have read some very nasty stuff about his doings