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Elwood, Illinois Wal-Mart At The Center Of Controversy

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Elwood, Illinois Wal Mart At The Center Of ControversyA Wal-Mart warehouse in Elwood, Ill., seems to be popping up in the news quite often.

Surely everyone, unless you’ve been living in a cave since the dawn of the 21st century, knows Wal-Mart is the scapegoat for all that is wrong with corporate America. We hear the same regurgitations every time: They pay low wages, and they drive mom-and-pop stores out of business.

The conglomerate also exploits its workers.

Or do they?

By “they”, I mean Wal-Mart itself.

Here’s a review of what’s been happening with the Elwood warehouse.

February 2011

April 2011

Elwood, Illinois Wal Mart At The Center Of ControversyThere’s a recurring theme here, and I’m not drinking the anti-Wal-Mart Kool-Aid this time.

In all three cases, Wal-Mart was not the one being sued. It was the staffing agencies.

Chris Williams, the attorney representing the plaintiffs in the Select Remedy lawsuit, said the agency itself is responsible for the alleged wage dispute, but faults Wal-Mart for contracting with them. He said that big companies like Wal-Mart “pit smaller temp agencies against each other to get the lowest price,” and will do whatever it takes to drive costs down and cheat workers.

And the blame goes back to Wal-Mart.

The Warehouse Workers for Justice say that many businesses in Will County, where this Wal-Mart is located, operate on a perma-temp system, using temporary workers rather than direct hires more often than not.

Somehow Wal-Mart keeps running into problems with the agencies it hires to provide its workers. I suggest they research the companies they’re going through a little more next time. And get rid of Schneider Logistics, while they’re at it. It seems like some bad juju there.

If there’s anything to accuse Wal-Mart of, it is simply poor judgment.

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  1. Loren Adams

    Then why is it that, every single time, a corporation’s “poor judgment” results in “added revenue?” Walmart isn’t using poor judgment on its staffing strategy any more than AT&T is using poor judgment on its data plan charges. Now pardon me while I go regurgitate.

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  2. Tom

    Wal-Mart doesn’t care about their employees LOL! They’ll pay to settle this shit out and go right back to contracting with the lowest bidder. “Always Low Prices” and poor value. Thanks Wal-Mart!

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  3. Shannon

    Walmart cares about low prices period just ask the sweatshop workers that make their Miley Cyrus clothes

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  4. patty

    Walmart in Elwood being sued dosent suprise me, i worked there when they first opened im suprised no one has died there? they have the worst safty practices i have ever seen i was hurt on the job, but before that i had pointed out sevral saftey issues to lead’s and supervisor’s, but they dont care ? one day we had a big guy from another office in i showed him he changed some things, a couple weeks later company did it the same way, they only care about money.

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