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Walmart lays off 2,300 workers in cost-cutting move

Walmart will lay off about 2,300 workers at its Sam's Club warehouse unit, The Wall Street Journal said, the latest in a string of job losses at US retailers. Half of the cuts will affect middle-management workers, the newspaper said, calling it "the……

Bernie Sanders rips Walmart: Why should taxpayers subsidize ‘starvation wages’?

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) demanded that a panel of experts justify why America’s shrinking middle class should continue to subsidize the nation’s wealthiest family in a heated exchange Thursday during a congressional panel. The Senate’s lone independent pointed out during the panel on income inequality that more Americans were currently…

No charges after man pulls gun on ‘b*tch’ with disabled kid over Walmart parking delay

Police in Colorado say that an Aurora man will not be charged after he admitted pulling his gun on a woman with four children — including a disabled child — because she was taking too long to park her car. Shakia Bush told KMGH-TV that she was waiting for a…

Walmart and Downton Abbey: rampant inequality and detachment from reality

I’m not exactly sure what it is about the hit British TV series, Downton Abbey, that has enthralled so many of us. The scenery is great, Lady Mary’s wardrobe is just fabulous, but there are plot holes so huge one could drive Lady Edith’s car through them. I suspect the…

Walmart on Black Friday: Scenes from the apocalypse

A Sheriff’s department in western Virginia confirms this morning that a scuffle over a parking spot at a Walmart in Tazewell County resulted in a stabbing, which is, of course, how we know that the holiday shopping season is upon us. We’re collecting videos and tweets of the Black Friday…

Doug McMillon named new chief executive of Wal-Mart

Global retail titan Wal-Mart Stores on Monday named Doug McMillon, a company veteran who heads its international operations, to replace chief executive Mike Duke when Duke retires early next year. McMillon, 47, has overseen Walmart’s fastest-growing division since 2009, keeping up the growth of the world’s largest retailer through the…

Toddler accidentally shoots father in Walmart parking lot

The Russellville Police Department is investigating the accidental shooting of a man in a Walmart parking lot on Saturday. According to Public Information Officer Drew Latch, police responded to a call in the Arkansas Walmart parking lot at 11:04 a.m. on Saturday. When officers arrived, they found a man, identified…

Walmart victorious as D.C. mayor vetoes living wage bill

The mayor of Washington DC has bowed to pressure from Walmart and vetoed minimum-wage legislation that would have hampered the supermarket giant’s push into urban America. Vincent Gray said the legislation, which would have forced large retailers to pay staff at least $12.50 an hour, would drive away employers and…

Walmart assistant manager fired for mocking Muslim women: ‘Halloween came early’

A Walmart in Hamburg, New York has fired an assistant manager after he posted a photo on Facebook mocking two Muslim women. According to The Buffalo News, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) urged Wal-Mart Stores executives to take action after identifying Terry Earsing as the employee who posted the…

Walmart agrees to pay $190,000 fine after inspectors find ‘repeat and serious’ health and safety violations

Walmart has agreed to improve safety conditions at more than 2,800 stores in 28 US states after inspectors discovered “repeat and serious” health and safety violations at a store in Rochester, New York. The agreement, which included a $190,000 fine, was negotiated by the Labor Department’s Occupational Safety and Health…

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