Retail giant has a ways to go to clean up its image I HAVE to take issue with Yvonne Abraham’s assertion that
One victim in its path: state budgets. In a 2009 study, the company came in first in Massachusetts and other states on the list of large employers with subsidized health care (Medicaid). This means that Wal-Mart cost our state $15.5 million that year. Ouch! That’s a huge burden given the fiscal crises our cities and towns are facing.
Closer to home, consider the impact Wal-Mart could have on families and individuals right here in Roxbury. Wal-Mart pays its employees wages that can hardly be called livable - the exact opposite of what our neighborhood needs. It also has a vicious record of discriminating against women, who earn less across the board in all positions at Wal-Mart, even though they make up the majority of employees. In fact, on average, female employees at Wal-Mart earn $5,200 less per year than male employees.
The company is still the world’s largest and most powerful retailer - that’s giant. And it is still sacrificing people over profits - that’s evil in my book. Dudley Square and Roxbury need economic opportunities, but we don’t need Wal-Mart. We would become just another crushed community in its path of destruction.