When Wal-Mart Comes To Town, What Does It Mean For Workers?

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.

When Wal-Mart Comes To Town, What Does It Mean For Workers?

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The Urban Neighborhood Wal-Mart: A Blessing Or A Curse?

NPR‘s first of two-part series about Wal-Mart looks into the company’s push into cities with its neighborhood market stores whether or not local residents want them. Citing the need to fill the void of food deserts, Wal-Mart is aggressively courting grocery shoppers.

Most urban stores are 25 percent of the size of their rural and suburban cousins. They feature a slightly modified selection of products that caters more to a grab-and-go culture. That reflects a shift in consumer demand, as more Americans make their evening meal decisions in the late afternoon, says food industry analyst Justin Massa.

The Urban Neighborhood Wal-Mart: A Blessing Or A Curse?

[photo via Mike Mozart/flickr]