Wal-Mart Wage Abuses Even Worse South of the Border

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If you think Wal-Mart wages are bad in the US, try working for their stores in Mexico. Child grocery baggers at their supermarkets throughout Mexico are paid exactly... nothing. That's right; they receive no pay despite Wal-Mart de Mexico's $1.1 billion in profits last year. Wal-Mart refers to these workers as "volunteer packers" and encourages gratuity from customers. Aside from being a heinous practice, what does this have to do with labor in the U.S.?

This is just the extreme version of unpaid labor forced on Wal-Mart employees. Wal-Mart has repeatedly lost in state court as employees have sued for unpaid wages, including pretending janitors at their stores were "independent contractors" to avoid paying legally required wages. States occasionally crack down on these wage violations, but a lot more needs to be done.