Archive for the 'Employees' Category

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

UNION BUSTED, STORES REOPEN FOR XMAS…

Thursday, September 3rd, 2015

No one ever believed the story about the plumbing, although plenty in the tin-hat brigade went for the Jade Helm 15 conspiracy. No, the only trope that made any sense was that the five Walmarts suddenly closed back in April was payback for union organizing. So, the stores are now getting ready to open in […]

KATRINA HIT ONCE, WALMART HITS 24/7/365…

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015

We did what we could here in Cleveland to help the survivors of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. Walmart chipped in as well. On the 10th anniversary of New Orleans nearly disappearing, Walmart wants to feel good again and thinks that $5 million dollars a year for five years, spread across the whole globe, is […]

HOW MUCH DID WALMART CHILDREN GET…?

Sunday, August 16th, 2015

School starts next week and school-supply frenzy is in full swing. I can’t count the number of collection sites and pleas for donations I’ve seen in recent weeks for children whose parents can’t afford new clothes and supplies and all the other expenses required by a free public education. Once again Walmart has turned to […]

COULD THE RAISES DAMAGE THIS CARING…?

Thursday, August 13th, 2015

Despite the reports of intra-Walmart squabbles engendered by the pay raises, I think Walmart workers, especially those at the bottom of the pay scale, will remain compassionate and supportive of each other. The challenge will be to not let management divide and conquer. Jeff Hess: Have Coffee Will Write.

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: […]

DID WALMART IMPLY A RAISE TO $15 AN HOUR…?

Thursday, August 6th, 2015

Walmart has made stupid media and public relations decisions in the past that have blown up in the company’s face. After watching the commercial several times, and reflecting on just how many fecking checkouts there are in a Supercenter, I don’t think this is an accident. From the law firm of Frankfurt Kurnit Klein + […]

BENTONVILE BRACES FOR WALMART LAYOFFS…

Thursday, July 30th, 2015

Everyone has known that the announced additional $1 billion in employee costs to be incurred by Walmart in the coming months would not be paid out of profits and shareholder value. Instead, Walmart has looked to make everyone but itself—suppliers, local governments and employees themselves—feel the pain. Now, according to Chris Bahn, writing in Firm […]

WALMART LATE-SHIFT SHUT-DOWNS GROW…

Tuesday, July 28th, 2015

How do you lay off employees without laying off employees? Well, shrinking hours can help. By whacking off 25 percent of the hours they are open, Walmart Supercenters reduce the number of employees they need to operate. The reduction will be less than 25 percent, the store will still have stocking personnel working behind the […]

WALMART ROLLING BACK STORE HOURS…

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015

During my college years I worked the over-night stock shift for a small regional retailer and I can’t imagine the chaos, great loss of work, that might have ensued, if the store had been open and even a handful of customers were walking about. That experience always caused me to wonder how Walmart handled this […]