With the holidays around the corner, Walmart along with Macy’s and other department stores are preparing their employees to work during the holidays. Walmart alone reports a million associates to work on Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday. More and more stores are jumping on the bandwagon and opening up on the holidays to attract shoppers. The issue here is that the U.S. is the only developed country that doesn’t guarantee paid holidays. Workers in the service sector industry barely even have a choice on either taking the holiday off or working. Nearly 40 percent of retail workers don’t even receive a minimum amount of hours.
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Over two decades ago, a disaster occurred on the Portal Bridge between Washington, DC and Boston. Amtrak train number 12 lunged into the river due to rail that failed to snap back into place after operators opened the bridge to allow river traffic to pass by. 43 people were injured and the cleanup cost a whopping $3.5 million. Flash forward to today and the bridge is still operating with the minor repairs that were done 20 years ago.
For almost two decades the U.S. has been living with the results of joining the World Trade Organization(WTO). The WTO is a self-serving and undemocratic organization that operates outside of our control. The U.S. Constitution states that all treaties made under the authority of the United States become supreme law of the land (Article VI). When our government signed the WTO treaty, unbeknownst to most Americans – including our legislators – our sovereignty was given away.
What used to be thought of as prestigious is now being considered as a toxic asset. Student loan debt is soaring as the rising generation is diving head first into an era where young adults are unable to save and invest their money. This isn’t only taking a toll on their personal lives, but it is causing long-term harm to America’s economy.
Walmart is the largest American employer with a workforce of 1.3 million people employed in the United States. Unfortunately most of the jobs Walmart has to offer are low-wage jobs and they tend to hire only part-time employees. Although these are a service sector positions, one benefit that Walmart gave it’s employees was that they offered them health insurance, even if they worked only part time. Walmart is now changing that.