Bentonville is a city in Northwest Arkansas, and county seat of Benton County, Arkansas, United States. The population was 35,301 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Fayetteville–Springdale–Rogers, AR-MO Metropolitan Statistical Area. Bentonville is also home to the Wal-Mart Home Offices, headquarters of Walmart Stores, the largest private employer and retailer in the world.
The median income for a household in the city was $39,936, and the median income for a family was $46,558. Males had a median income of $31,816 versus $23,761 for females. The per capita income for the city was $20,831. 10.3% of the population and 7.5% of families were below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 13.7% are under the age of 18 and 10.9% are 65 or older.
Bentonville is a popular real estate destination for senior citizens and families with young children for quite some time, due to relative affordability, lower crime rates for a city its size and a social conservative culture known in Northwest Arkansas. Bentonville and Benton County is said to have the most registered Republican voters of the state by its rural character, small town values and new suburban characteristics.
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From welfare to fanfare: how Walmart is dazzling reporters away from the real story at this year’s shareholders meeting
Making Change at Walmart and current Walmart associate Anthony Leal
Press Conference on Walmart’s low wages, poor benefits, and taxpayer funded corporate welfare.
Human Services Department – 900 SE 13th Ct, Bentonville, AR 72712
Thursday, June 1, 2017 11:00 AM
During Walmart’s 2017 annual shareholders meeting, Making Change at Walmart, along with current California Walmart employee Anthony Leal, will host a press conference outside of Bentonville’s Human Services Department to expose the real story about how, and many workers, are paid and treated by the big box giant.
Anthony Leal is a full time associate who has been with Walmart for over 5 years and only makes $11.53 an hour. Walmart claims the “average wage” for full time hourly employees is $13.75, yet the real stories of workers around the country show that many of them, like Anthony, are paid so little that they rely on government assistance programs to survive. Programs funded by the taxpayer.
With Walmart’s low wages, poor benefits, fire/rehire culture, and high turnover rate, the company has set a pretty low standard when it comes to sustainable, dignified jobs in the United States. Just one Walmart super center is estimated to cost taxpayers between $904,542 and $1.74 million per year in public assistance money. And in one Dallas Texas Walmart store, we discovered the employee turnover rate was 321%, making it virtually impossible for a worker to build a career or sustain a dignified living.
Walmart claims it is investing in its workforce – in more training, better scheduling, and higher wages, however, the company has plans to automate many of its customer service positions and has even opened a flagship store that replaces cashiers and associates with scan guns and check out screens.
Making Change at Walmart kicked off the 2017 Expose Walmart Tour on May 15th in Phoenix Arizona. Over the past 3 weeks, the tour has traveled to 22 states and over 30 cities, meeting with lawmakers, community leaders, union members, taxpayers, and workers in an effort to expose the largest private employer in the country, Walmart, as the poor-wage-paying, taxpayer-wasting, bad corporate neighbor that it is.
Director Randy Parraz will speak at the shareholders meeting Friday and will discuss some of the real stories the campaign has learned along the tour and other information that Walmart doesn’t want you to know.
TUESDAY, MAY 31, 2017
CONTACT: Amy Ritter (202) 251-5907
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Demographics of Bentonville, Arkansas
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