Wal-Mart CEO Has a Problem With Gays

May 13, 2009 Full story: www.huffingtonpost.com 532

Mike Duke, who has been chief executive of Wal-Mart Stores for just three months, is getting a lot of attention in the blogosphere. It's not the kind of attention a new CEO wants.

"Shameful, bigoted and discriminatory" is the headline over one blog post about Duke.

Why? Because, it turns out, Duke signed a petition last year that put an initiative known as Act 1 on the ballot in his home state of Arkansas. The controversial initiative says that only married couples may become adoptive or foster parents in the state, closing the door for same-sex couples. It passed in November with 57 percent of the vote.

News that Duke had signed the petition caught the company flat-footed. When I asked a Wal-Mart spokesman for a comment, I got this response and no more:

I can confirm that Mr. Duke did sign the petition. Also, Wal-Mart did not take a position on the ballot initiative.

At the very least, Duke's decision to sign the petition reflects poor judgment. As a senior executive of Wal-Mart, he should have known that supporting a controversial measure widely seen as anti-gay could boomerang. (The Arkansas Democrat Gazette called Act 1 "just another exercise in stirring up bad feelings.") Duke has alienated LGBT customers and their allies, as well many of his own employees.

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Since: May 12

Bellevue, WA

#665 Nov 17, 2012
i don't shop at walmart anyway... there ceo makes the average employees yearly salary in about an hour and a half what a joke of a company
GayLikeLance

United States

#667 Nov 18, 2012
I don't shop there either for the same reasons Lance. Why don't you run along and do the only thing you are good for Lance. Take you fustrations out on that instead of Lililth.

Since: Mar 11

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#668 Nov 18, 2012
My wife and I don't shop at wally world either, gaylikelance, for the exact same reasons: non-equal pay for women, terrible working conditions, ILLEGAL refusal to allow their employees to UNIONIZE, and retaliation against employees.

Everyone should see the excellent documentary: "The High Cost of Low Prices".
GayLikeLance

United States

#669 Nov 18, 2012
Agreed. Spread the word. I hope the employees' walkout on Black Friday sends a message to walmart. It seems the employees have finally found the ONLY language walmart understands - money.
Guest

Paragould, AR

#675 Nov 20, 2012
Pattysboi wrote:
My wife and I don't shop at wally world either, gaylikelance, for the exact same reasons: non-equal pay for women, terrible working conditions, ILLEGAL refusal to allow their employees to UNIONIZE, and retaliation against employees.
Everyone should see the excellent documentary: "The High Cost of Low Prices".
I worked at a WalMart in Arkansas, and at that time they showed the new hires an anti-union video where the union representative looked like a cat burgler who was about to rape someone. They may still show it. I'll check out the documentary. Oh and they also showed us the abandoned but still fully equipped meat butchers work room that was full of cob webs and they told us that this is what happens to people who try to unionize.
taxes subsidize low wages

Paragould, AR

#677 Jun 2, 2013
It isnít breaking news that many Wal-Mart Stores employees are dissatisfied with their current wage levels, however a new Congressional report illuminates that Wal-Mart employees might not be the only ones paying the price for their low wages. Taxpayers, too, may have a reason to take a stand.

According to The Huffington Post, Congressional Democrats released a study Thursday that demonstrated how Wal-Martís wages are so low that many of its workers must rely on food stamps and other government aid programs, costing taxpayers as much as $900,0000 at just one Wal-Mart Supercenter in Wisconsin.

The report,ďThe Low-Wage Drag on Our Economy,Ē was produced by Democrats with the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.

It explains that it chose Wisconsin as its state of study because of its data being the most recent, allowing the study to employ the stateís Medicaid data to discern the annual cost taxpayers pay in order to provide the food stamp and publicly subsidized health care programs to those Supercenter workers who require it.

Wal-Mart has long been criticized for its pattern of offering wages that force its workers to take advantage of public-assistance programs. This recent study argues that the criticism is warranted. The company had more workers enrolled in the stateís public health care program in last yearís last quarter than any other employer.

So how did the reportís authors come up with the $900,000 figure? First, they took into account the number of Wal-Mart stores and employees across Wisconsin and the per-person costs of Badgercare, the stateís health care program, estimating that the cost of the publicly funded health care comes to $251,706 per year for a Supercenter that employees 300 workers.

Then, they considered the other public-assistance programs available to these families on Badgercare. Assuming that the families take advantage of all the additional programs offered, the final cost amounts to over $900,000.

Though the studyís estimate is based on the assumption that those who qualify for the public assistance programs take advantage of all the opportunities offered to them, the number is a daunting figure nonetheless.

The chairman of the committee who produced the report, Rep. George Miller, has been working to sponsor legislation that would increase the federal minimum wage to $10.10, arguing that this boost could help pull Wal-Mart workers off these public-assistance programs, as well as others employees who suffer the same problems. The current federal minimum wage is $7.25 and applies to the 31 states that do not mandate a higher one.
bubba

Oklahoma City, OK

#679 Jun 2, 2013
WaterBoarder wrote:
Here we go again. The Gay Mafia is going to harass another citizen for simply exercising their constitutional rights.

You guys are pretty stupid and are sinking your cause fast. If you disagree with this man or Miss Ca then make your case. The harassment just shows how truly intolerant and unhinged you are.

Hopefully this man will stand up like Miss Ca did. He will be supported.
Very well put.
bubba

Oklahoma City, OK

#680 Jun 2, 2013
Guest wrote:
<quoted text>I worked at a WalMart in Arkansas, and at that time they showed the new hires an anti-union video where the union representative looked like a cat burgler who was about to rape someone. They may still show it. I'll check out the documentary. Oh and they also showed us the abandoned but still fully equipped meat butchers work room that was full of cob webs and they told us that this is what happens to people who try to unionize.
Lmbo that sounds so full of chit!

But don't bash Walmart for your lack of education. The rich needs flunkies, you chose to be a flunky. It's all about choices, you obviously made bad ones.
bubba

Oklahoma City, OK

#682 Sep 5, 2013
I don't know what's worse these days, gays or coloreds.

Since: Mar 11

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#683 Sep 5, 2013
fr bubba:

>I don't know what's worse these days, gays or coloreds. <

I do know what's worse these days: homophobic bigots.
Observer

United States

#684 Sep 5, 2013
What- wrote:
You can see a photocopy of the petition sheet that the CEO of Wal-Mart signed, which is a public document made available by the Arkansas Secretary of State, at the following link:
http://knowthyneighbor.org/arkansas/pdfs/1026...
So what lots of us don't like queers
guest

Paragould, AR

#685 Sep 14, 2013
Observer wrote:
<quoted text>So what lots of us don't like queers
No one said that you have to like gays. That's not the issue. No one cares what you like.

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