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Ohio Walmart Holds Food Drive for Its Own Employees
CANTON, Ohio (WKRC) -- One Walmart store is holding a food drive, not for the community, but for its own employees.
An employee sent a picture of the food drive, asking employees to donate food so associates in need can enjoy Thanksgiving dinner, to a group fighting to unionize Walmart. That group, Organization United for Respect at Walmart or 'OUR Walmart', then tweeted out the picture. The food drive tables are in an employees-only area.
Kory Lundberg, a Walmart spokesman, said the food drive is proof that employees care about each other. "It is for associates who have had some hardships come up," he said. "Maybe their spouse lost a job.
However, other employees and some shoppers were upset about the food drive. "That Walmart would have the audacity to ask low-wage workers to donate food to other low-wage workers -- to me, it is a moral outrage," says Norma Mills.
One employee said the food drives have been going on at the Canton store for years and she doesn't see the big deal. Erica Reed said past food drives helped her cope with her own problems, not caused by low wages but because of losing $500 a month in child support when the father of her four children went to jail. She declined to give her salary.
A Walmart spokesman said nationally that associates make $12.87 an hour. The company considers those working at least 34 hours to be full time. He said the average full-time employee works 37 to 38 hours a week. That comes to an annual salary of about $25,000.
'OUR Walmart' places the average salary at between $8 and $10 an hour, based on glassdoor.com and other websites that compile salaries, often without company participation. Based on that range, the average associate's salary is roughly between $15,000 and $20,000 a year.
(Information from The Plain Dealer)