It actually has nothing to do with class warfare. I'm not belittling the typical Walmart employee, but most are not people who have built productive lives. They have not built up much economic value. At least they are working and not living solely on the government dole. They have work ethics, but lack skills and training. If you do not agree, take a closer look. It may not be politically correct to stereotype people, but nonetheless stereotypes do exist and do accurately define large groups of people.
Originally Posted by Natural Elements
Most people are paid what they are worth. If they are not, they have the option of improving their skills and moving on. Most union employees are paid much more than they are worth. No one is forcing anyone to work a low wage job, but raising wages only raises the cost for everyone else. The fact is that Walmart does not have any problem finding workers, even with the relatively low wage people are paid. They also do give good workers the opportunity to move into management positions where they are paid much more. I see it as a skills training opportunity for workers who have never built economically viable skills. When they build viable and marketable skills, they should try to move on to a better employment situation.
Let's not fall into the trap of thinking that Walmart employees all work at minimum wage like the Democrats would have you think. Arizona is a low-wage state and Walmart starts inventory stockers (floor people) at about $10 per hour and cashiers at around $12. That is already higher than the current Federal minimum wage of $7.25 and Arizona minimum wage of $7.80, and also higher than the new proposed national minimum wage of $9.80. Managers make much more than this, and most managers come up in the ranks. In some states the starting wage is around $16 per hour. I suspect Walmart wages will rise very soon.
Like I said, I do not have an issue with raising the minimum wage to something reasonable in today's economy, but I do have a problem when unions gain too much power and artificially force wages to be raised beyond anything reasonable given the job the workers have to do. They have already destroyed too much of the manufacturing base in this country by pricing their industries out of the market. It is not a coincidence that we no longer have a large steel production industry in the USA or that the taconite mining industry collapsed years ago. Both were driven by unions who drove the industries over the cliff.
There are very good reasons why the Japanese always set up USA auto manufacturing facilities in non-union areas, which is also the reason why union auto manufacturers cannot compete on a level playing field with the Japanese. Japanese manufacturers do not underpay their employees, but they also do not pay union wages or offer lavish union benefits.
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