Provide no subsidies to Wal-Mart. Second, adopt and enforce a "big-box" ordinance that makes Wal-Mart conform to community standards. I recommend the city adopt the emergency ordinance permanently. I also would include a requirement for big-box stores to pay the prevailing Latah County retail wage plus 10 percent or about $20,600 per year. Third, I would encourage all consumers to avoid shopping at Wal-Mart or make it the store of last resort.
This strategy has the following advantages. We gain the additional retail or avoid the loss in retail that the absence of a Wal-Mart store would represent. The additional retail traffic will help the other local retailers.
We also gain the additional job opportunities for students and other workers Wal-Mart provides. The suggested wage requirement addresses both the problem of unfair labor practices and predatory pricing by Wal-Mart. Third, low-income consumers gain an increase in real income by shopping there.
Finally, if enough of us refuse to shop at Wal-Mart, we are sending a message that we do not support a corporation that runs roughshod over the rights of workers, input suppliers, and exporters.
He wants Wal-Mart to pay more for employees and have no one shop there except for a last resort... BUT they will provide jobs to people and supply low-income people with a good place to shop. Do you see the problems I see with his statements? If WalMart is forced to pay a higher wage than any other store, then they very well would need to charge more for items. That means they would not get shoppers and the "well paid" employees would lose their jobs...
Wow. I am losing my mind just trying to comprehend the lunancy!