One for the low wage worker annals


by David Safier

Maybe the Onion could make this kind of stuff up, but I can't.

A Canton, Ohio, Walmart is holding a Thanksgiving food drive — for its own employees.

It's a food drive – not for the community, but for needy workers.

"Please Donate Food Items Here, so Associates in Need Can Enjoy Thanksgiving Dinner," read signs affixed to the tablecloths.

The food drive tables are tucked away in an employees-only area.


"That Walmart would have the audacity to ask low-wage workers to donate food to other low-wage workers — to me, it is a moral outrage." [Norma Mills, an organizer with Stand Up for Ohio]


Vanessa Ferreira, an OUR Walmart organizer, said she "flipped out" when she first saw the photos taken by the Canton worker.

"Why would a company do that?" she said. "The company needs to stand up and give them their 40 hours and a living wage, so they don't have to worry about whether they can afford Thanksgiving."

Sign of the times.