Wal-Mart provides a better life for all
July 3, 2008 · Updated 11:21 PM
This is in response to some of the recent letters to the editor. I am compelled today to write this letter in response because I have nearly 300 associates who demand that I do so.
I am a 19-year associate with Wal-Mart. I started as an hourly associate -- you know, the ones who they claim are mistreated or are not compensated fairly. I would have to ask them if they have ever worked for Wal-Mart or know anyone who had. They shared some opinions based on things they have read, and we all know you shouldnt believe everything you read. But here are a few facts that I would like to share.
Wal-Mart has more than 1.3 million associates worldwide and is the largest private employer in the world. Our company founder Sam Walton gave us three basic principles: Do business by respect for the individual, service to our customers, and by striving for excellence.
Did you know that 65 to 70 percent of our managers were once hourly associates and we have tremendous opportunities for growth? Here is a list of some of our benefits that are available to our associates:
Stock ownership/stock loan program
Paid vacations and holidays
A discount card
Medical and dental coverage
Accidental death coverage
Short and long term disability coverage
Free confidential counseling and assistance
Wal-Mart empowers its associates to serve the needs of their communities through the Good Works Initiative. Last year associates of the companys more than 3,200 facilities raised and contributed more than $96 million to charitable organizations. In Oak Harbor we gave over $40,000 to charitable organizations in our community.
In Mr. Sams book, Made in America, he tells the secrets of our success. Were all working together thats the secret! And we will lower the cost of living for everyone, not just in America, but well give the world an opportunity to see what its like to save and have a better lifestyle, a better life for all. Were proud of what weve accomplished; weve just begun.
I am proud to have met Sam Walton and I am proud of my associates in Oak Harbor, and I am proud to call myself a Wal-Mart associate.
Greg Boynton is store manager at Oak Harbor Wal-Mart