Wal-Mart's employees aren't nearly as happy as its logo.
Chirag Bhakta of the Orange County Labor Federation was one of about 30 people who attended a protest at a Wal-Mart in Paramount last week. He says he attended the protest to show his solidarity with “laborers everywhere.”
“Over the last few years, we've all seen our health care rates increase and it's probably not a surprise that this year will be no different. We made the difficult decision to raise rates that will affect our associates' medical costs. The decisions made were not easy, but they strike a balance between managing costs and providing quality care and coverage.”
Dan Hindman, a part-time employee at the Paramount Wal-Mart where the protest was held last week, says he's grateful to the Organization United for Respect at Wal-Mart — or OUR Wal-Mart, for short. Hindman says it was the nonunion group of employees that told him about the health care change, not his employer themselves.