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WALMART LOVES WELFARE

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Published on Mar 9, 2012

If you listen to Walmart, you would think they are a model employer. That's part of the sales job they're using as they try to bully their way into L.A.'s grocery market.

But there's a reason why Walmart has earned a reputation as one of the world's stingiest corporations. And this week, as the retail giant continued its push to open its first L.A. grocery store in Chinatown, Walmart workers countered all the PR with the cold, hard facts.

Appearing at a press conference organized by LAANE, these workers explained how Walmart's paltry wages and benefits force many of them onto public assistance. One of the workers displayed his Walmart employee ID alongside his welfare card.

In 17 of the country's 50 states, Walmart has the highest number of employees on public assistance. Nationwide, over 700,000 Walmart employees do not have health care coverage from their employer.

In a city desperate for good jobs and reeling from cuts to our safety net, Walmart is not the answer.

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