Hidden Cost of Wal-Mart Jobs: Use of Safety Net Programs by Wal-Mart Workers in California

Arindrajit Dubeand Ken Jacobs

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Summary

This widely publicized report finds Wal-Mart’s wage and health benefits packages for its California workers to be below average as compared to the overall retail sector in California. The authors also find a greater reliance upon public assistance programs among Wal-Mart workers as compared to other California retail workers. Finally, the authors estimate the additional costs to taxpayers of “Wal-Martization”—the adoption of Wal-Mart’s wage and health benefits standards by retailers throughout California.