BENTONVILLE, AR – The honchos at Walmart must be thinking they are living in a world where no good deed goes unpunished.
Walmart says its employees and their dependents can now get heart, spine and transplant surgeries at no cost to them. That includes all medical all out-of-pocket, and travel expenses.
Scott & White Memorial Hospital in Temple, Texas, is one of the six hospitals in the program.
Walmart figures this could save employees between $5,000 and $12,000.
If that’s the good deed, then this must be the punishment.
Walmart employees shouted their displeasure at shareholders heading into the annual meeting in Bentonville, Ark.
They are part of a union-backed effort that has hit Walmart stores in at least 12 states that saw more than 150 employees’ stage walk-outs over the past several days.
Protesters say they want better working conditions and wages, and want Walmart to stop what they say is retaliation against store associates who try to talk with management about what’s going on in their stores.
And organizers threaten to have a big national strike on Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, the traditional start of the holiday shopping season.