AFL-CIO blasts White House over Wal-Mart veterans program

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"Wal-Mart is telling any veteran who has served honorably that if they want a job in the year after they separate from service, Wal-Mart is going to hire them. And their goal is to do it within 30 days of the veteran’s application," Michelle Obama said.

But in his statement, Trumka asked, "After facing enemies abroad, is an $8.81 an hour part-time job the best we can offer returning veterans?"

"Already, working families and our economy are struggling against an epidemic of low-paying, low-benefit, part-time work. Instead of legitimizing that trend, we need to treat the talents of our veterans — and of all of America’s people — as a critical national resource," he continued.

Trumka has been a vocal critic of the big-box chain, which has resisted unionization at its stores.