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Walmart workers rely on food stamps: Study
Sat Jun 1, 2013 12:6AM
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Many Walmart workers rely on food stamps and other government aid programs to meet their basic needs as the giant retailer holds on to its minimum wage policy, warns a new study.

 

This would cost American taxpayers as much as $900,000 for only one Walmart Supercenters in Wisconsin, the study released by Congressional Democrats on Thursday found.

 

"The Low-Wage Drag on Our Economy," report was produced by Democrats with the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, which is chaired by Rep. George Miller (D-Calif.). According to the committee, Wisconsin was chosen for the study as the state's data seems to be the newest and the most inclusive.
 

The findings come as Walmart workers at stores across the United States continue to walk off their jobs in pursuit of better pays.

 

Walmart workers in Miami, Massachusetts and the California Bay Area mounted a series of strikes on Wednesday and say they will not return to work until June 7.

 

Organizers say that more and more employees are joining the protests and that the movement has achieved a large mass.

 

The giant retailer, however, dismisses the strikes as mere publicity stunts.

 

Walmart workers have long complained of low pay, poor working conditions and lack of benefits. They accuse the company of retaliating agansit  those who bring these concerns to the management.

 

Walmart CEO Michael Duke earned a staggering $20.7 million last year, while its full-time hourly employees make an average of just $8.81 per hour, according to a Bloomberg analysis.

 

Walmart is one of the largest corporations in the world and has more than 1.3 million employees only in the U.S.

 

AT/HJ

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