Wednesday, March 04, 2009

More Reductions At Wal-Mart?

The Watch has heard well-sourced rumors that Wal-Mart is reducing the hours of some of its headquarters staff. Specifically formerly full-time employees were told they could not work more than 30 hrs a week, or they would be fired. This of course reduces their hrs so that no health benefits need be provided.

We all knew about the job cuts at Wal-Mart headquarters, but the reduction in work hrs of the staff they've retained has gone under the radar.

11 Comments:

Blogger Kathy said...

Walmart is also cutting hours and management staff at store level. At my store they are eliminating 6 of the 14 Asst. Mgr. positions. The overnight Mgr will be required to work more than a 12 hour shift to get everything off the floor before he leaves the store.What is the liability of Walmart when an employee has a fatal accident driving home after being required to work a 15-18 hour shift????

8:18 AM, March 06, 2009  
Blogger Mark Moore (Moderator) said...

Yikes!

No doubt Wal-mart execs will shift blame by asking the taxpayers to fund a program for victims of car crashes. They seem very keen on off-loading their costs, liability or otherwise, off unto the backs of taxpayers.

2:21 PM, March 06, 2009  
Anonymous cb said...

The relentless Wal-mart bashing really gets tiring.
Funny how a company that makes tough, necessary decisions in order to remain profitable during a bad economy gets blasted, yet I hear an eerie silence about companies like GM that bends over for the unions & begs for taxpayer money while they go down the tubes.

I'll tell you what Wal-mart "off-loads on to my back": The lowest prices on most things I need & the most conveinent place to find them.

Oh, and I wish somebody would have the guts to do a study & calculate how much Wally world saves... yes, SAVES the taxpayers by employing/removing off welfare all the half-cripples, the uneducated, the elderly..... basicly all of the people that no one else will hire!

11:57 PM, March 07, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Puh-leeze. Enough with the Wal-Mart cheer.

Wal-Mart's role in ensuring the Chinese make every consumer product from toilet paper to fishing lures is one of several reasons we're in the mess we're in. I don't blame them for laying off people in times of economic uncertainty, but if anything, they're the villain in all of this, certainly not the hero.

GM is an older company that was around when unions were new and popular. The next time the "organized" labor fad strikes, Wal-Mart will most likely also be infected and die the slow death.

7:36 PM, March 08, 2009  
Blogger Mark Moore (Moderator) said...

CB
GM deserves to die, but it is not in my back yard. Wal-mart is. They have every right to make the cuts, and the public has every right to know about it. Till this report they have not.

I am all for Wal-mart making tons of money. I just want them to do it the way they did GETTING to be gigantic. That was by hard honest work and serving people well. But as Lord Acton noted, power corrupts.

I have noticed an increasing tendency now that they have gotten huge to appeal to government to do things which tilt the playing field their way. That is how fortunes have been made in our looters and liars economy, but the end is near for that.

So GO Wal-mart! But do it the way Sam Walton did it, not by lobbying for government health care, increases in the minimum wage and other measures that involve more government control of our lives.

8:54 PM, March 08, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

...or by having the taxpayers fund the first ever FDA offices outside US borders. That is, due to the tainted toothpaste, lead paint-coated toys, melamine laced baby food, etc. found in Chinese products on Wal-Mart shelves, our government was lobbied by big-box inc to have the taxpayers pick up the tab of running what should be the Chinese version of the FDA.

10:11 PM, March 08, 2009  
Anonymous cb said...

Mark,
I am not aware that Walmart lobbies for Universal Healthcare. If that is true I would not support that, but I find it unbelievable that they would lobby for minimum wage increases. That kinda goes against the criticism that they skimp on benefits/pay.

Anoyn,
Do you also lay awake at night worrying about peanut butter, mad cow, bird flu & whatever the latest media-induced panic is, while you fret over our big lead-laced danger?
You know, I would prefer that Walmart sell more American products, but the fault lies with you & me..... the customers who purchase them. Not to mention stupid regulations & tax policies that create an atmosphere where the Chinese goods are cheaper.

12:23 AM, March 09, 2009  
Blogger Mark Moore (Moderator) said...

The idea is that a disproportionate amount of their customers make minimum wage, so an increase in that wage puts more money in their customer's pockets- which then goes to Wal-mart's pockets.

Here is a link where Lee Scott is urging the increase....

http://money.cnn.com/2005/10/25/news/fortune500/walmart_wage/

8:51 AM, March 09, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

cb, I never said I was worried about anything. I'm saying that we're all being forced to fund overseas FDA offices because Wal-Mart can't guarantee the quality of their imported garbage.

I don't even buy made in China, so why should I have to fund a Chinese (read, communist) FDA?

Mark is right, WM is just another big government promoter.

1:28 PM, March 09, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Our store has gone through a complete remodel and in the process, a three-quarter change in associates that work there. Unless you have 10-15 years of employment with the company, it leaves you with the feeling that your days are numbered.
I never had the opportunity to meet Sam Walton,but I can definitely see how he became so successful with his company and how WalMart grew to be the great company it is. I am deeply saddened to see that Sam's value's are getting lost in the focus of the "almighty dollar", which I do not believe Sam's main focus was. He was about people. I can see people are always in a hurry nowadays and want their products to be available. That is another thing that I hear daily from people. The things that they need are no longer available, which means they have to shop elsewhere. I thought Walmart was supposed to be the one-stop shopping place. What has happened?
Offer customer surveys at the door, see if you get any response. Help make it the great place Sam intended it to be. Thanks.

8:02 AM, June 20, 2009  
Anonymous Amy said...

I worked at walmart for over a year, and it's a horrible place. Yeah, it's nice to go in and have just about everything you need in one place, but at what cost? Walmart treats their employees like shit, staffing multiple part time employees and just a few full time employees so they don't have to pay for health benefits. Someone noted that walmart was lobbying for nation wide health care, and i wouldn't be surprised.. if health care is free, they don't have to pay for their employees to go to the doctor any more... They don't train employees properly, and pay the lowest salary a person will agree to. And the idea of walmart is great, but think of how may jobs walmart kills.. Instead of going to a office supply store, or a clothing store, and so on, you just go in walmart.. Walmart puts maybe 2 or 3 employees in each department, where as if you went to a clothing store there would be about 30 or more employees working there... walmart has lost sam waltons values and is only concerned about money.

10:17 PM, June 25, 2009  

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