By Sahid Fawaz
Labor 411 is celebrating Ethical Consumer Week this week, highlighting companies that pay workers fair wages and benefits. We believe that informed consumers will choose to support ethical companies, resulting in more good jobs for workers.
With that in mind, here are four stores that we recommend over the Walmarts of the world.
With an average hourly wage of $21, benefits, a partially-unionized workforce, and a company philosophy of putting employees first, Costco is a shining example of a business that treats workers fairly.
Oh, and the company announced this year that it will share the extra profits from the tax cuts with the employees.
With a starting minimum wage as high as $15 an hour, depending on the store location, Trader Joe's believes in maximizing its most valuable assets: the employees. In addition, it provides free dental and vision insurance for those who work at least 15 hours a week.
This employee-owned store has 120 employee-owned Stores in eight states (Washington, Idaho, California, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Arizona and Texas) with nearly 18,000 employees. With prices just as competitive, if not more so, than Walmart's, Winco offers an alternative that is easy on your wallet while providing good paying jobs.
With workers at many of its stores represented by the UFCW, Kroger pays union wages and good benefits to employees. These workers have the security of a union contract and the power to bargain collectively about their pay and working conditions.