Friday headline roundup

How Wal-Mart keeps wages low (The Washington Post, 9/12/2013)

“But amid the arguments over whether the D.C. Council should mandate that Wal-Mart and certain other companies pay a living wage, there’s been too little talk about how the company has managed to keep its pay so low: by aggressively — and allegedly illegally — suppressing employees’ efforts to change that business model themselves.”

 

Walmart To Skip Discussion On Compensation For Bangladesh Factory Victims (Reuters, 9/12/2013)

“A dozen retailers and clothing brands are meeting in Geneva to discuss providing compensation to the victims of the Rana Plaza and Tazreen factory disasters in Bangladesh, although several companies [including Walmart] were noticeable by their absence.”

 

How Wal-Mart’s Waltons Maintain Their Billionaire Fortune (Bloomberg, 9/12/2013)

“The Waltons’ example highlights how billionaires deftly bypass a tax intended to make sure that the nation’s wealthiest contribute their share to government rather than perpetuate dynastic wealth, a notion of fairness voiced by supporters of the estate tax like Warren Buffett and William Gates Sr.”

 

Walmart: Equal Exploitation of Gays and Straights (Huffington Post, 9/11/2013)

“I’m a Walmart worker from Iowa, and I’m gay. Like many Americans, I like the symbolic value of the nation’s largest employer pledging that it won’t continue to discriminate when it comes to health benefits, but here’s the bad news: In the real world a majority of Walmart workers — gay and straight alike — still won’t have affordable health coverage or living wages.”

What do you think?