NPR‘s second of two-part series about Wal-Mart looks into how it creates a large number of jobs and how it treats the workers that fill those jobs.
The company has long been hammered by critics for its low pay and erratic work schedules. And its worker policies have a major impact on economies: With more than 2 million people on the payroll — 1.4 million of them in the U.S. — it’s the third-largest employer in the world, behind the U.S. Defense Department and the People’s Liberation Army of China.
“I was never really against Wal-Mart — I was against the wages that they were paying,” says D.C. City Councilman Vincent Orange.
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