- Created: Friday, 16 May 2014 09:49
by Sahid Fawaz
Finding employee-friendly businesses to shop at nowadays can be a bit difficult. With a Walmart in virtually every town, it’s easy to forget that there are companies out there that pay their workers well. With that in mind, we decided to put together this list of businesses to make it easier for you to shop responsibly.
With an average wage of $21/hour, a CEO who supports a minimum wage increase, and a labor force that is roughly 10% unionized, Costco is one of the best places to shop responsibly. And the membership fee is completely refundable if at any time you are not satisfied with shopping there.
Trader Joe’s gets rave reviews by its workers. And for good reason. According to CNN
, “full-time crew members can start in the $40,000 to $60,000 a year range.” That is more than double what workers earn at many other supermarkets. If there is a Trader Joe’s near you, definitely give it a shot.
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.
This employee-owned store
has “94 Employee Owned Stores in eight states (Washington, Idaho, California, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Arizona and Texas) with nearly 15,000 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.