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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Is Walmart's request of associates to help provide Thanksgiving dinner for co-workers proof of low wages?

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The Walmart on Atlantic Boulevard in Canton is collecting food for employees who can't afford Thanksgiving dinner. The company said this is proof that employees look out for one another. The group of employees who have held national strikes against the world's largest retailer says the food drive is proof Walmart doesn't pay associates enough to survive. The Organization United for Respect at Walmart, or OUR Walmart, is holding strikes against the chain at stores in Dayton and Cincinnati on Monday, Nov. 18. (courtesy of OUR Walmart)
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The storage containers are attractively displayed at the Walmart on Atlantic Boulevard inCanton. The bins are lined up in alternating colors of purple and orange. Some sit on tables covered with golden yellow tablecloths. Others peer out from under the tables.
This isn't a merchandise display. It's a food drive - not for the community, but for needy workers.
"Please Donate Food Items Here, so Associates In Need Can Enjoy Thanksgiving Dinner," read signs affixed to the tablecloths.
The food drive tables are tucked away in an employees-only area. They are another element in the backdrop of the public debate about salaries for cashiers, stock clerks and other low-wage positions at Walmart, as workers in Cincinnati and Dayton are scheduled to goon strike Monday.
Chat wrap: OUR Walmart rep answers your questions about this story
Is the food drive proof the retailer pays so little that many employees can't afford Thanksgiving dinner?
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