Rhetoric Of Walmart

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In Robert Greenwald’s 2005 film, W: The High Cost of Low Price, the documentary filmmaker and political activist opposes the rhetoric of Walmart’s CEO Lee Scott to the experiences of current Walmart employees, both in the United States and internationally; former Walmart employees and associates; small town business owners; shoppers; and community activists. The film opens with CEO Lee Scott addressing an audience of Walmart employees and associates at an convention intended to inspire the corporation’s employees to ‘keep up the good work,’ while interspersed throughout the film, families whose small businesses were forced to close due to competition from the multinational corporation share their stories, and employees from the manager level to the nightly cleaning crews share their experiences of trying to raise families and pay household and medical bills on an average Walmart yearly salary of $13,000. Greenwald’s…show more content…
Lehman recounts that due to the hours demanded by the company, often without any additional compensation, “It [made] it difficult at Walmart to have a good family life” (17:00). The former manager recollects every manager except one that he encountered was guilty of changing employee hours on the computer with a simple click if the hours worked for the week exceeded the allotted budget. Lehman was shown how to make the simple adjustment by another manager. Interspersed throughout the wage theft report, the Hunter family, who owned a small hardware store for forty-three years, recalls how their business declined nearly overnight when Walmart moved into the local vicinity. Employee after employee shares their hardships of being forced to work overtime without compensation, fearing the ease with which they could be replaced if they refused to do so, and all the lost time with their families because of forced work
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