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February 26, 2010

Detroit schools offer class in how to work at Walmart
Article: Raw Story

Walmart has been widely condemned for offering its employees only low-paying, dead end jobs. Even President Obama criticized Hillary Clinton during the 2008 presidential campaign for having served on Walmart’s board and stated that the firm ought to pay “a living wage.”

In inner-city Detroit, however, where the unemployment rate is estimated at an astonishing 50%, the prospect of a Walmart job may appear far more attractive.

Four inner-city Detroit high schools have decided that employment with Walmart is an opportunity worth training their students to pursue. The schools have teamed up with the giant merchandiser to offer a for-credit class in job-readiness training that also includes entry-level after-school jobs.

According to the Detroit Free Press, the principal at one of the schools optimistically suggested that “the program will allow students an opportunity to earn money and to be exposed to people from different cultures — since all of the stores are in the suburbs.”

The announcement of the program outraged Donna Stern, the Midwest coordinator for the Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action, Integration & Immigrant Rights And Fight for Equality By Any Means Necessary (BAMN). “They’re going to train students to be subservient workers” she told the Free Press. “This is not why parents send them to school.”

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  1. February 27, 2010 12:44 am

    Better to work at WalMart than live off welfare. No that’s not why they are in school, but perhaps those opposing had better look deeper into the problem and spend their time addressing that.
    Bob A.

    • February 27, 2010 3:01 am

      I agree with you that working at WalMart IS better than living the life of a bottom-feeding welfare leech. I also agree when you say that’s not why they’re in school. Seriously… if they’re going to warp the brains of the kiddos in public schools — way to make them plan for a bright, successful future. No, there’s nothing with working at WalMart, but most people have much higher dreams than that.

      There’s just so much wrong with this… o_o Child Labour Laws say that I think a kid can earn like… 4.15 or some incredibly low amount like that for a “trial period”. I sure hope they’re taxed out of that money to get a taste of what the world of Obama-conomics is all about. I mean, I don’t have kids, but I still pay taxes to fund schools… for this? I’d like to think that some of the kids would be motivated to become something more… doctors, scientists, teachers, archaeologists… writers, artists, musicians…

      *shakes head*

  2. February 27, 2010 3:26 am

    There’s just so much wrong with this… o_o Child Labour Laws

    My son, Down Syndrome worked for a Rehab program at Bard College in the dishroom. He was paid $0.75/hr. Long hours, hard work. Out of that Rehab programs took transportation charges the government took SS taxes and for every dollar in a month over a low set amount the government took $0.50 from his SSI payments. Let the Hollywood elitists and politicians cry about substandard pay for labor in other countries. During my working years I paid in the maximum and he could get no help because of my income. He received not a penny until he was 18. I would rather have foregone any benefits for him if I could have foregone paying into their Ponzi Scheme. He is in a program doing volunteer work and it is a lot more rewarding.

    Screw involvement and crying over overseas sweatshops. Let’s start at home.

    Bob A.

  3. February 27, 2010 3:26 am

    There’s just so much wrong with this… o_o Child Labour Laws

    My son, Down Syndrome worked for a Rehab program at Bard College in the dishroom. He was paid $0.75/hr. Long hours, hard work. Out of that Rehab programs took transportation charges the government took SS taxes and for every dollar in a month over a low set amount the government took $0.50 from his SSI payments. Let the Hollywood elitists and politicians cry about substandard pay for labor in other countries. During my working years I paid in the maximum and he could get any help because of my income. He received not a penny until he was 18. I would rather have foregone any benefits for him if I could have foregone paying into their Ponzi Scheme. He is in a program doing volunteer work and it is a lot more rewarding.

    Screw involvement and crying over overseas sweatshops. Let’s start at home.

    Bob A.

  4. Frosteetoes permalink
    February 27, 2010 3:48 am

    Well, maybe if they get they’re foot in the door at Walmart they can get transferred out of Detroit. That would be my strategy if I were stuck in that shit hole.

    • March 2, 2010 3:04 am

      Yeah; every time I see someone tooling around MY town with Michigan license plates… I can’t control the desire to scream “KEEP ON DRIVING. AIN’T NO JOBS DOWN HERE EITHER.”

      …Most of the time I do scream it. Ask Fishleg. 😉

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