WASHINGTON — A report released by the staff of a group of House Democratic lawmakers on Thursday contends the low wages and benefits that Wal-Mart Stores Inc. pays its employees may be costing taxpayers millions of dollars because the retail giant’s workers and dependents are forced to rely more on public-assistance programs.
“Wal-Mart plays a leading role in this story [of income inequality and wage stagnation threatening the middle class],” the report said. “Its business model has long relied upon strictly controlled labor costs: low wages, inconsiderable benefits and aggressive avoidance of collective bargaining with its employees.”
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