After Walmart’s flashy announcement of bonuses of up to $1,000 for some of its workers, the real story played out quietly.
On Wednesday, as news of the bonus announcement was lauded by Trump and Fox News, Walmart abruptly closed down 63 Sam’s Clubs stores. More than 9,000 people lost their jobs. Some only learned about the decision when they showed up to work and found the doors locked.
Walmart’s layoffs after presenting the corporate tax cuts as a boon to workers is part of a pattern of corporate misdirection. AT&T and Comcast also announced bonuses for their employees, while simultaneously laying off thousands.