Gregory Krikorian clearly knows how to utilize chamber of commerce corporate-speak in his defense of Walmart in the Leader (“Walmart could create 250 new jobs,” Op-Ed, Dec. 18), but he fails to inform the readers about the true nature of Walmart's history of exploiting workers and destroying small businesses across the United States with non-competitive and predatory business practices. Krikorian laments the vacant Great Indoors structure and claims that a new Walmart store will create about 250 jobs. However, he doesn't mention Walmart's well-known employment practices.
Why did thousands of Walmart workers strike on Black Friday in nine American cities? They were asking for better treatment by Walmart and a living wage. Most Walmart employees make less than $25,000 a year and they have been encouraged to go to emergency rooms for medical care. Some Walmart stores have even held food drives for their own employees. Are those the kind of jobs that Krikorian wants to bring to Burbank simply to boost employment numbers?