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Everyday Low Wages
February 26, 2004

This item from the AFL-CIO's weekly online newsletter "Work in Progress" provides yet more reasons not to spend your hard-earned union dollars at Wal-Mart.

WAL-MART DRAINS TAXPAYERS--Because of Wal-Mart's low wages and inadequate benefits, each of its stores with at least 200 employees costs taxpayers an estimated $420,750 annually in public social services such as housing subsidies, children's health insurance and reduced-cost or free lunches, according to a new report from the Democratic staff of the House Education and Workforce Committee. The report, "Everyday Low Wages: The Hidden Price We All Pay for Wal-Mart," is available online at:


"There's no question that Wal-Mart imposes a huge, often hidden, cost on its workers, our communities and U.S. taxpayers," said ranking Democratic committee member George Miller of California. At the same time, "Wal-Mart is in the driver's seat in the global race to the bottom, suppressing wage levels, workplace protections and labor laws," Miller said.

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