I'd like to respond to Tom Gogola's article concerning the expansion of the Rohnert Park Walmart ("Walmart Über Alles" Jan. 21) in which he cites Liza Featherstone as a source of insight into Walmart. For someone who wrote a book about Walmart, Liza Featherstone clearly has no clue about what the company offers its associates. It's striking how uninformed she is on the topic of Walmart.
Walmart provides more opportunities for employment and advancement than other company in America. We provide people the opportunity to start at entry-level positions and advance. Approximately 75 percent of our store management teams started in hourly positions, and now make between $50,000 and $170,000 a year. This kind of opportunity is available to associates throughout the company. Last year, we promoted about 170,000 associates to jobs with higher pay and more responsibility.
Walmart pays competitive wages and offers benefits. Our average hourly wage for full-time associates in California is $13.31, and we offer both full- and part-time associates a variety of benefits, including quality healthcare starting around $22 per pay period for associate-only coverage, 401(k) with a 6 percent company match, 10 percent merchandise discount, education assistance and bonuses based on store performance.
Expanding the Rohnert Park Walmart will create 85 jobs. We currently employ more than 81,000 associates in California, and we're on track to create hundreds of more jobs this year in communities across the state.
Walmart collected more than $957 million in taxes and fees in 2014 on behalf of California and paid $244 million in state and local taxes.
We are committed to meeting the needs of our Rohnert Park customers and providing a comfortable and convenient shopping experience. After 23 years in Rohnert Park, it's time to make a change that will serve our customers and this community even better.
Walmart Director of Communications
Thank you, thank you, thank you, for finally making This Modern World big enough to read without a magnifying glass!
Looks like American Sniper probably had a better week than you ("Shot Down," Jan. 14). Here's hoping anyway. Time for you to toss a few fusillades at the intelligence of the American public. I would imagine that's right in the "wheelhouse" of you, Michael Moore, Seth Rogan and other soon-to-be-forgotten haters of American exceptionalism.
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