Archive for the 'Employment' Category

APPLES AND ORANGES IN THE JOB MARKET…

Monday, July 4th, 2016

There are two tasks that all politicians like to be able to boast success about: making the lives of voters safer and making the lives of voters more prosperous. The latter often involves the promise of jobs. Lots of jobs. In New York, Governor Andrew Cuomo made such a promise and as New York Times […]

SO, WHAT INTERESTS MY READERS…

Sunday, May 15th, 2016

Occasionally I like to look back and see what readers of The Writing On The Wal find most interesting. The list below shows the top of the list for the past five years. I always get a chuckle at No. 1. Does Walmart do such a horrible job of letting employees know about company policies […]

WOULD YOU TAKE A WAL-JOB FOR $149,000…?

Thursday, April 21st, 2016

Forbes contributor Panos Mourdoukoutas, writing in Who Earns $149,000 In Walmart? answers the question: techies. Walmart has a reputation for paying very little money to its low-skill floor employees. But it pays big money to recruit and retain talent for its eCommerce division, where starting salaries can be as high as $149,000 a year, according […]

WALMART LOSES PENNSYLVANIA APPEAL…

Tuesday, April 5th, 2016

Good news for Walmart workers in Pennsylvania. Robbie Neiswanger, writing in High court rejects Wal-Mart appeal for Arkansas Online, reports: The U.S. Supreme Court denied a request from Wal-Mart Stores Inc. to review a class-action lawsuit ruling that requires the retailer to pay Pennsylvania employees nearly $188 million. Wal-Mart petitioned the Supreme Court on March […]

WORKING FOR STARVATION WAGES…

Saturday, November 14th, 2015

One of the strongest weapons in the protest arsenal is the hunger strike. Gandhi used the tactic several times to great effect. British suffragettes attempted to starve themselves in their quest for the vote, but brutal force feeding thwarted their efforts. Irish freedom fighters, lead by Bobby Sands, did starve themselves to death protesting England’s […]

ANOTHER SOURCE OF STRESS FOR WORKERS…

Monday, October 26th, 2015

More than eight years ago we wrote about the evils of Wal-Mart’s on-call scheduling system for workers. The system may have changed—I certainly hope so—but one of my favorite writers on all-topics-productive, Oliver Burkeman, wrote this week about two studies demonstrating the high levels of unhealthy stressed induced by uncertainty in work demands. Writing in […]

BATTLE OVER CLOSED STORES GOES ON…

Saturday, September 12th, 2015

The stores are reopening, but the labor battle over Walmart’s union-busting ruse is far from over. Reuter’s reports in Unions file new Wal-Mart labor complaint related to store closure that: Unions filed a second labor board complaint against Wal-Mart Stores Inc related to its temporary closure of a California store, claiming the retailer discriminated against […]

WAIT, WALMART HIRED RANDOMLY…?

Thursday, September 10th, 2015

I love the lede on this piece from down under. Kalyan Kumar, writing for International Business Times in Walmart changes labour model: shifts focus to retaining highly productive employees with more investment tells readers: American retail giant Walmart is changing its labour model by ditching its tested model of hiring randomly. It is now trying […]

CAN WALMART TRAIN-DOWN STAFF LEVELS…?

Monday, September 7th, 2015

Tim Worstall is becoming one of my favorite writers on Walmart. We are polar opposites on the level of the 60 Minutes Point/Counterpoint duo of James J. Kilpatrick and Nicholas von Hoffman, but Worstall does get a conversation going. Like this one headlined: Walmart Is Changing Its Labor Model: How Many Workers Will Lose Their […]

CAN WALMART UPSKILLING CREATE LIFERS…?

Saturday, September 5th, 2015

When I worked discount retail in high school and college I never had any illusion that I would make a career out of my job. I paid attention, did my best, took care of my departments—hardware, automotive and small appliances—and enjoyed helping customers because that was the work ethic I was raised with, not because […]

WALMART ATTACKED BY WALL STREET…

Thursday, August 27th, 2015

Walmart is a class traitor. That is the core message from an opinion piece in The Wall Street Journal. Headlined More Minimum-Wage Backfires, the unsigned editorial singles out Walmart for threatening the wealth of investors by giving in to the growing minimum-wage movement. The campaign for higher minimum wages continues to inflict damage on business […]

ARE WALMART PAY RAISES BACKFIRING…?

Sunday, August 9th, 2015

I confess, that while I had, and continue to have a number of concerns regarding the pay raises for hourly workers at Walmart announced early in the year, I did not consider that the raises, and how they are being applied, would cause discord within the ranks. The Washington Times, in Wal-Mart’s pay raise backfires: […]

WUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUT…?!

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

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RIGHT TO WORK BE EXPLOITED…

Saturday, March 21st, 2015

Right-To-Work advocates have wet dreams about sweat shops in Bangladesh and work gangs in the antebellum South. Without organized labor there would be no 40-hour work week, there would be no lunch hours or bathroom breaks. If union members hadn’t fought and died for what was right, there would be no over-time pay or pensions […]

WE DO GET WHAT WE PAY FOR, EVERYDAY…

Monday, March 9th, 2015

So far, based solely on my own reading, Lisa Ray comes closer than the competition to recognizing that Walmart’s pay raise is a result of the Great Recession that allowed the Bentonvile Behemoth to see what having a workforce free (or mostly free) of slackers feels like. Now that Walmart has had a taste, going […]