Los Angeles writer, Chris Osterndorf, has created a detailed list of the ways in which Walmart is the worst company in the United States, beginning with the mega-store’s stance on unions.
“Walmart and unions go together like oil and water.”
It should be kept in mind that corporations have been fighting unions for years, and today, Walmart is one of the largest corporations in the world. The retail giant is famouslyknown for its anti-union policies, and as Osterndorf reports, they’re only getting worse.
Without a union, it was estimated by Forbes, that at one point, Walmart was receiving around 5,000 lawsuits a year from workers at both the Walmart chain and Sam’s Club. The major retailer has been sued for everything from gender discrimination, to false imprisonment—a charge filed by a group of illegal aliens, after routinely being locked inside the retail store during their shift. A union would eliminate these misconducts, and yet, Walmart claims their associates don’t want one.
Osterndorf points out that while it’s important to remember just how toxic Walmart’s views on unions are, it’s also important “not to forget all of their other equally problematic corporate policies. For Walmart, unions are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to atrocities.”
Here is the in-depth list that Osterndorf has compiled. It outlines all the reasons Walmart is so awful.
1.Walmart hurts local communities.
2.The company uses foreign labor, including child workers.
3.Walmart underpays women and neglects pregnant workers.
4.The company also discriminates against workers with a disability and elderly employees.
5.It isn’t a safe environment for employees.
6.The company is notorious for wage theft.
7.Walmart provides poor healthcare for workers.
8.Walmart has a bad track record on animal welfare.
9.However, Walmart does care about rich people.
10.The chain has a deceptive public image.
“This is just a friendly reminder that Walmart is terrible. Call it a public service announcement: Don’t shop there. Don’t work there if you can help it. And if you do have to work there, don’t expect to be treated well. Get out while you can, before Walmart takes your spirit, your health, and your dignity.”
“If Walmart’s ugly practices are a cycle of power and abuse, there’s only one way to break it. And that starts with you.”
By: Chris Osterndorf