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Protestors ask council to block Wal-Mart from reopening Nob Hill grocery store
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on Sep 7, 2011
Anti-Wal-Mart protestors urged the Pleasanton City Council last night to block efforts by the retailer to open one of its Neighborhood Market grocery stores in the building where the Nob Hill supermarket once was located on Santa Rita Road.
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posted Wednesday, September 7, 2011, 8:07 AM
Posted by s.r.
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 9, 2011 at 9:21 am
"In the United States alone, the company employs 1.4 million people. This is a staggering 1% of the U.S.'s 140 million working population.
Walmart, in other words, matters. Its payrolls, and its pay, move the needle.
The average Walmart "associate," Wake Up Walmart reports, makes $11.75 an hour. That's $20,744 per year. Those wages are slightly below the national average for retail employees, which is $12.04 an hour. They also produce annual earnings that, in a one-earner household, are below the $22,000 poverty line.
On the other hand, these wages are FAR ABOVE MINIMUM WAGE of $7.25 an hour. They also aren't THAT FAR below the national retail average (only 2.5% below). In a two-earner household, moreover, these wages would produce a household income of $40,000+, which, in some areas of the country, is comfortably middle-class. Walmart offers benefits to some of its employees, as well as store discounts and profit-sharing plans.
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So all you Walmart haters, find jobs for some of the over 1 million people you want to put out of work. I'm sure if they didn't work at the evil Walmart they could get jobs that pay $15 an hour easily. I know a credentialed teacher with a master's degree that can't find a teaching job and is working for $16 an hour as a pre-school teacher and is grateful to have it. Everytime I go to one of our shopping areas it is packed with most people carrying bags of their purchases. Local restaurants are also usually busy. So many of you have no idea living in this bubble of the tri-valley what is going on in most of the country where many people vie for those jobs you deem horrible. Even most of the lower income families here apparently never visit Ohio or West Virginia or many of the other state in the middle of the country and see the way people are forced to live because there are not jobs to be had. I have family in some of these areas and do go there and see the devastation.
But lets band together to boycott Walmart, plummet their sales and put more people out of work. WAKE UP!! And maybe some of you who own your own business or are the upper management of a company could quit putting all your profits into your huge executive salaries and use some of them to hire the people you put out of work at a high salary, including benefits. What a concept!
And by the way, yes, my family is in the highest tax bracket and although I don't love giving local, state and federal governments 50% of what we earn I know that even doing that we are still so much more fortunate than so many. The people who yell about taxes never say how they are going to pay for schools, infrastructure, national security, etc. If there are no jobs, there is no money. No matter what the tax rate, if the top 1% make all the money they are going to be supporting the country at the highest level. This is simple. If you don't have a job, you don't pay taxes. If a large segment of the population doesn't pay anything and the huge corporations, with huge profits don't pay anything, and the extremely wealthy pay as little as they can get away with, where is the money going to come from. If the government doesn't pay for this stuff somebody still has to. We need bridges that don't fall down, roads without potholes, safe air traffic etc. We The only way to solve our problems is with a working middle class that is also paying taxes, not getting unemployment. If some of the companies with many, many top exec. living in this area were to start hiring, it sure would help.
Oh, in my opinion though, we could save some money by cutting out some of these unending expensive studies that people are always demanding before anything is done. Geesh.