Many people feel that Wal-Mart does not pay its workers enough. Their argument is that here is one of the largest and most profitable corporations in the world, and some of its full time employees need government assistance to support their families. It is only fair that the company use its tremendous power to help those employees who make the company what it is. Now whether you feel this argument has any merit, and there have been many discussions on the topic, those who take that position face a very big problem. How could they possibly change things?
Attempts to unionize Wal-Mart employees have failed so far, and in all probability will continue to fail for the foreseeable future. And since Wal-Mart pays a few dollars above the federal minimum wage, you would have to raise the minimum wage to a level that would threaten small retailers, and may force them to cut jobs or even close shop, before it would affect Wal-Mart.
It seems that the legislation which Wal-Mart employees and competitors should push for is a Variable Minimum Wage. The more a company earns and the more employees it has, the greater the minimum wage it must pay. Since Wal-Mart is so much larger than its next largest competitor, you can require a company of its size to pay its employees more, without threatening other companies. For example, any company with more than a million employees must have a minimum wage of $9.00 an hour.(Obviously there would need to be many details in the law to plug up potential loopholes like outsourcing and so forth.) In essence, this would force a company to share the value it gains through economies of scale with its employees.
I hate seeing the Wal-Mart sign as I get to the top of the Harmony exit in my vehicle. It used to be so pretty. Now, we are slowly becoming a billboard town like all the cities in the eastern US. It's a shame that advertising will degrade our view of the mountains or thoughts entering our city, more and more into the future because of $$$.
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