Friends With Low Wages

Good news out of Maryland as state lawmakers overrode the governor’s veto of a bill that will essentially require Wal-Mart to contribute more to their employees health care. Specifically, according to The Washington Post, “the bill will require private companies with more than 10,000 employees in Maryland to spend at least 8 percent of their payroll on employee health benefits or make a contribution to the state’s insurance program for the poor.” The Post also reports that at least 30 other states are considering similar legislation, which is not insignificant.

I’ve already discussed the ways in which Robert Greenwald’s Wal-Mart documentary helped to open up dialogue about Wal-Mart’s harmful practices, including its poor health care plan, so I’ll just use this blog entry as an excuse to point to this amusing flash video at the American Rights at Work website, “I’ve Got Friends with Low Wages.”

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