Walmart enters internship pay fray

After The Nation made a public call for the store chain to increase its employee pay, Walmart’s senior director of communications took the magazine to task for its low-paying internship program.

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Unpaid interns suing employers for compensation was one thing, but now the world’s biggest retail chain, Walmart, is using political magazine The Nation‘s below-minimum-wage intern pay as ammo in the latest war of words.

In June, the magazine started a petition to lobby Walmart to increase its workers’ pay. The discount store chain is the United States’ largest employer by a wide margin, and it pays employees an average of $8.81 an hour.

This week, Walmart’s senior director of communications, Steven Restivo, hit back with an email with the subject line “people who live in glass houses…” Here’s some of what he had to say:

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