Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Justice For The Shanks

Updating this post from last Friday, Wal-Mart has finally agreed to do the right thing and return Debbie Shank’s settlement money so she can pay for her longterm care. Via Wal-Mart Watch:
Statement from David Nassar, Wal-Mart Watch Executive Director: 

“We are elated that after months of public pressure and national outrage, Wal-Mart says it is finally going to do the right thing for Debbie Shank and her family. 

“During the past few weeks, Jim Shank has brought to life Debbie’s tragic circumstances and vividly shown that her case is a scorching symbol of Wal-Mart’s decision to insufficiently fund its health care plan for its 1.3 million U.S. workers.

“Debbie’s case exemplifies what Wal-Mart Watch and others see every day:  the world’s largest employer choosing to put less into its benefits than it should.  This leaves thousands of Wal-Mart associates with choices about preventative care and necessary care that are driven by what they can afford rather than by what is in their best interest.  Debbie Shank’s story is not only a personal tragedy; it poses a cautionary tale for all Wal-Mart associates.

“It is our sincere hope that Wal-Mart will not have to endure this level of shame again before it fixes its health care problem and does the right thing for its associates.  We wish the Shank family the very best and will continue to monitor the situation to ensure that Wal-Mart keeps its promise to them.”

Thanks to CNN, Keith Olbermann, bloggers, and all of the good citizens outraged at Wal-Mart's callous attitude toward one of its employees, justice--at least this one time--has been served.