New Study Finds Wal-Mart’s Miserly Wages Cost Taxpayers

Date: 13 Aug 2004 | posted in: Retail | 5 Facebooktwitterredditmail

California taxpayers are spending $86 million a year providing healthcare and other public assistance to the state’s 44,000 Wal-Mart employees, according to a new study by UC Berkeley’s Institute for Industrial Relations. The study, "Hidden Cost of Wal-Mart Jobs," found that the average Wal-Mart worker required $730 in taxpayer-funded healthcare and $1,222 in other forms of assistance, such as food stamps and subsidized housing, to get by.… Read More

Supercenters in Southern California: Boon or Bane?

Date: 1 Feb 2004 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

As Wal-Mart seeks out locations in central Los Angeles and the city council considers a measure that would ban supercenters from much of the city, a debate is brewing concerning the costs and benefits of supercenters for residents of low-income urban neighborhoods. Two dueling studies examining the impact of supercenters in southern California were recently released.

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Wal-Mart Internal Audit Finds Thousands of Labor Violations

Date: 1 Feb 2004 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

An internal audit obtained by The New York Times documents thousands of violations of state labor laws at Wal-Mart stores. The audit, performed by the company in 2000, uncovered 1,371 violations of child labor laws, 60,767 cases of missed breaks, and 15,705 instances when employees skipped meals at 128 stores during a one-week period.… Read More

How Wal-Mart’s Health Coverage Stacks Up

Date: 1 Feb 2004 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The annual premium a full-time Wal-Mart employee must pay for coverage for her and her spouse is $2,672 (with a $350 deductible), which amounts to about 19 percent of her pre-tax earnings, according to the report. Part-time employees (under 34 hours per week) are only eligible to enroll after two years on the job and even then, coverage is available only for themselves, not their families. Full-time workers are eligible for family coverage after six months.… Read More

Consumer Reports Gives Top Ranking to Independent Pharmacies

Date: 1 Nov 2003 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

An article in the October 2003 issue of Consumer Reports opens with the following recommendation: "If you’re among the 47 percent of Americans who get medicine from drugstore giants such as CVS, Eckerd, and Rite Aid, here’s a prescription: Try shopping somewhere else. The best place to start looking is one of the 25,000 independent pharmacies that are making a comeback throughout the U.S." The article highlights the results of a year-long survey of more than 32,000 readers about their drugstore experiences.… Read More

10 Reasons Why Vermont’s Homegrown Economy Matters: And 50 Proven Ways to Revive It

Date: 1 Oct 2003 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

This report, a collaboration between the Institute of Local Self-Reliance and The Preservation Trust of Vermont, outlines why locally owned businesses matter and provides practical ways to build a homegrown economy. Most strategies are applicable anywhere, not just Vermont.… Read More

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