Archive for the 'People' Category

FRANK SWANSON ISN’T GOING AWAY…

Saturday, April 16th, 2016

Remember Frank Swanson? Walmart shoppers in West Plains, Missouri do. Swanson was a cashier who, days away from celebrating his 20th anniversary working under The Golden Asshole got what you’d expect from such a position: dumped on. KBSI in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, in Community rallies around 20-year Wal-Mart cashier fired for giving hugs, price matching […]

FOLLOWING THE WALMART MONEY TO HILLARY…

Tuesday, April 12th, 2016

[Update at 0600 on 13 April: Anti-Walmart Union Stays Quiet as Hillary Gets Big Donation From Heiress Alice Walton] I’ve known about the connections between Walmart and the Clintons since the beginning and if there is one reality in the 2016 Democratic Party race, Hillary Clinton has never met a wealthy donor she wouldn’t suck […]

A LIFE IS WORTH MORE THAN THIS…

Monday, April 11th, 2016

[Update at 0730 on 14 April: 5 things to know: Suspect arrested after Wal-Mart guard shot during shoplifting, police say.] [Update at 2100 on 12 April: Police arrest suspect in Wal-Mart security guard’s death] So, this is why, despite the ruling a week ago by a court in Utah, Walmart’s policy demanding that employees not […]

NO GOLD WATCH FOR FRANK SWANSON…

Friday, April 8th, 2016

What does Walmart give one of those employees that the company so badly wants to achieve upward mobility and satisfaction in their jobs after an employee works for the company 19 years and 355 days? How about a pink slip? Hayley Peterson, writing in Walmart fired a brain-damaged worker of 20 years who gave customers […]

SO, WHAT IS WALMART THINKING…?

Friday, April 8th, 2016

Jon Springer, reporting in Walmart on ‘Reimagining the workforce’ for Supermarket News writes: As one of the world’s largest employers, Wal-Mart Stores has an obligation to help not only its own workers to achieve upward mobility and satisfaction in their jobs, but the retail industry overall, Walmart Foundation President Kathleen McLaughlin said in a presentation […]

BEST WAY TO FEED THE HUNGRY: PAY WORKERS…

Monday, April 4th, 2016

Walmart is very fond of spending charitable funds to garner tax breaks and public relations good will, but never seems to ask the question: how many of our employees are showing up to get food to feed their families because we don’t pay a living wage? In launching its new “Fight Hunger. Spark Change,” campaign, […]

BETTY DUKES IS BACK WITH A NEW CAREER…

Wednesday, March 30th, 2016

Five years after the U.S. Supreme Court denied her discrimination claim against Walmart on the behalf of all the women working for the Bentonvile Behemoth, Betty Dukes is back with a new, broader fight for the rights of Americans. Frank Lockwood, writing in Wal-Mart suer now taking on inequality for the Arkansas Democrat reports: A […]

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 […]

REPLACING THE DRONES WITH, UM DRONES…?

Tuesday, October 27th, 2015

As if working for Walmart didn’t suck hard enough, the company is looking to replace human drones with actual robotic drones. Writing in Walmart applies to test drones for home delivery for The Guardian, Reuters reports: Walmart Stores Inc applied Monday to US regulators for permission to test drones for home delivery, curbside pickup and […]

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 […]

ALICE DOESN’T LIVE THERE ANYMORE…

Sunday, September 13th, 2015

What can you get for $19,750,000 these days? Well, Alice Walton’s 1,435 acre ranch in Texas would be one suggestion. Carol Christian, writing in Alice Walton of famed Walmart family selling $19.75 million Texas horse ranch for The Houston Chronicle reports: The 1,435-acre property is among the largest cutting-horse ranches in Texas and includes a […]

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 […]

HOW MANY RECIPIENTS ARE WALMART KIDS…?

Sunday, September 6th, 2015

There are hungry children living in Indiana. That is a shameful fact for the wealthiest nation in the history of the Earth where the minimum wage does not provide enough money for a couple to feed themselves and their two children. Walmart leveled up in corporate infamy when the above photo went public two years […]