Ever Thought about ….

Ever thought about where your stuff comes from when you shop at certain stores? What about the people that make the items? Why does it matter? It should, it goes to the very basic thing, humanity.

When you go to a store like Wal-Mart, what do you see … low prices on a lot of items. But there are some things that you might not see that would make you think twice. I will put the web sites that I use as references in the post as well. 

The first one, where are the items made. According to the New York Times most of the stuff comes from China. This has cost about 400,000 jobs in the years between 2001 and 2013. ( http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/09/business/economy/walmart-china-imports-job-losses.html?_r=0 )

Wait a minute, they keep saying that they want to keep jobs here … didn’t they? According to CBS News, they found mislabeled items in the store but are running ads that say that they are making stuff in the US (www.cbsnews.com › MoneyWatch › Markets )

So who is telling the truth, the news, the people who work there and suffer or the owners of the company?  There is also the wage and property values that we would need to bring into this. According to EPI, Walmart brings wages down and the company tells the employees that ‘the taxpayers should help pay for their medical’ —WTF? One of the largest companies in the world and they are telling the employees that they can use State aid for their medical plan? (http://www.epi.org/blog/walmart-fight-degradation-work-america/ )

So what have we found so far: The company Walmart has cost almost half a million jobs, mislabels stuff, and tells the employees that using the state aid is ok for their medical. (Is anyone as confused as I am at this stage of the game?) So you would think that the pay would be OK at least, how many of us have seen the people working super hard and still having a smile on their face … think again! Their average pay is $8.18 per hour! (http://makingchangeatwalmart.org/factsheet/walmart-watch-fact-sheets/fact-sheet-wages/ ) Now lets compare that with the average at McDonalds, their average wage is $9.01 per hour and those who work for the actual company it will be going up to $10.00 per hour by the end of 2016. Here is the catch and I am going to quote the actual page for this. “There’s a catch: The raise only applies to the 1,500 McDonald’s-owned restaurants in the U.S. It doesn’t apply to workers at the franchise-owned stores, which make up about 90% of the McDonald’s restaurants in the country and the bulk of its workforce.” (http://money.cnn.com/2015/04/01/news/companies/mcdonalds-pay-raise/ )

So does the places that you shop and eat out matter? In my eyes yes very much so? What do you think?


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