Jan 20, 2011

Making Change at Walmart Cautions Communities to Look at the Causes of Hunger and Malnutrition

Fair wages would lift hundreds of thousands of Walmart Associates from poverty and the malnutrition it causes

Making Change at Walmart, a campaign of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), responded to an announcement today from Walmart that they will begin offering more healthy foods and lower the costs of their fruits and vegetables over the next five years. First Lady Michelle Obama spoke at the announcement, which was made in the Anacostia neighborhood of Washington, DC.

"The great culprit of childhood obesity and malnutrition is poverty," said Jennifer Stapleton, a spokesperson for Making Change at Walmart. "Has it occurred to Walmart that, if it treated and paid its workers better and provided quality health insurance, hundreds of thousands of families will be lifted from poverty and the malnutrition it causes? Walmart now seeks to grow into urban markets, but today’s announcement on a healthy-food initiative with the First Lady does not make amends for the company’s well-documented mistreatment of working families. Nor does it justify irresponsible employment practices. Workers have had to take Walmart to court just to get paid for all the hours they work. The company faces the largest gender discrimination case in the history of the U.S. We can’t afford to have a case of amnesia about Walmart’s business practices. If the Obama administration is serious about creating good jobs in this country--jobs that can expand the middle class, instead of state Medicaid rolls--then it needs to use its bully pulpit to challenge Walmart and other corporations to be more responsible employers."

2 comments:

thomaspnoonan41 said...

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Txbrat said...

I think Michele needs to remember that Labor put her husband in office, NOT Walmart! I can certainly appreciate her trying to stamp out Hunger, but I'm equally sure that there are enough Union grocery stores that would have obliged had she inquired of them. Shame on her for aligning herself with such a self serving company that does not even respect their own employees. A. Crocker Dallas, TX