Walmart can do better and should by its employees. Raising the hours or the wage would cut down some on benefits. However, part of the problem is the increased hours. For example, an employee working part-time 30hrs wk @$10 hrly with three children ($15,600 a year) would get $5751 in EIC and pay no federal income tax. Give this same employee a $5 raise and move to full-time.$31,200 a year. They drop to $2700 EIC so lose $3000 of income.<quoted text>
thanks for at least acknowledging where my heart is. that does mean alot.
yet, interesting that other multimillion dollar corporations manage to do these things for their employes, without them being in a position to rely on public assistance.
i worked my way through college working various hourly jobs....it's not easy, it can be done, it's exhausting. and when i first got out of college i worked a second job to pay for my student loans. that second job was hourly at various locations. i do understand their perspective, both as an employee that's been in their situation and having managed some hourly employees.
so let's look at your scenario a bit further......if WM did just raise the hourly wages of it's hourly employees, what would be the impact? keep in mind, i'm also talking about various emplyee benefits as well....like insurance, etc.....if WM did change - then those same employees wouldn't have to apply for food stamps, public housing, they'd have insurance (or at least have it available to them in some form) and they'd be paying more in federal income taxes. they'd be less of a drain on OUR taxes because there wouldn't be the need. they'd be paying more in to the IRS.
i just can't in good conscience drop my money in WM's coffers knowing that they manipulate not only employee's hours to keep them beneath the threshold of hours to prevent them from being full time employees but also help them and encourage them to apply for public assistance. this indicates that WM is fully aware, fully conscious of the ramifications of their actions on not only the individual's life but also on our tax monies.
if we want fewer "freeloaders" taking from the system, then we have to expect that the employers should take up the slack.
Paid no income tax before, now owes $483. Pay an additional $1193 in FICA.
Qualifed for Medicaid on both children originally, now loses Medicaid, but qualifies for CHIPS. Now has to pay a monthly premium, copays, deductible, and out of pocket medical expenses. Qualified for up to $668 monthly food stamps before, loses this. Not sure what amount was lost, but income qualified before raise did not afterwards. Qualified for housing assistance before, not afterwards.
You can see that the person is virtually at the same level as before but now has to work 10 hours more per week. The same applies to unemployment benefits. I hear people say all the time, "Why go to work for the same money? I'm going to wait until my benefits run out to go back to work".
There has to be a moral center and work ethic to encourage working over welfare. Again, everyone can use help and a safety net. I do not begrudge that. We need to make it more attractive to actually work rather than be on public assistance.