Labor activists helped Wal-Mart employees receive wage increases and now they are demanding that the company foot a $400+ million deal that would provide year-round employee discounts on all food products.
While Wal-Mart already offers a 10% discount on most of its merchandise, employees are not given discounts on food. Employees do receive discounts on fruits, vegetables, and some snacks that are not already on sale.
Some employees want more groceries to be included in the discount to match offerings from Target Corp. and Whole Foods Market Inc.
Many Wal-Mart employees finish their shifts and head to other cheaper grocers such as Family Dollar and Dollar Tree.
Last week Wal-Mart employees signed a petition that would extend their grocery discounts throughout the entire grocery section. The petition has already received 13,000 signatures.
Wal-mart does offer full food discounts between Thanksgiving and the end of the year. Employees want that program to be fully extended throughout the entire year.
Wal-Mart employs 1.4 million U.S. employees and would foot the bill for approximately $420 million in discounts if the plan moves forward.