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  •  As you noted (15+ / 0-)

    Laura,  you have to read between what isn't said.

    But Walmart won't say how many of its workers are full-time and how many are part-time, and part-time workers report making far less.

    Now, for my store, this is the truth. The MAJORITY of the store is part time, and full-time is considered 33 hours, UNLESS you were grandfathered in before the policy went in place and only work 28 hours a week. In addition, there is a mandatory full-time hiring/promotion freeze going on at the store right now. For example, I am full-time, I have been offered a promotion three times that I turned down, because I would have to switch to part-time hours, and also because the responsibilities increase three-fold, and my raise would be only .40 cents more. Not worth the headaches for such a measly pay-raise.  The junk health insurance I receive from Wal-mart may be junk, (I have high blood pressure but never go see the doctor, instead relying on herbs because Wal-mart's insurance wont' pay the visits) but at least if I had a catastrophic illness, I would be able to get past the gate-keepers in the ER registration office.

    Also, Wal-mart now has wage attrition
     to contend with. In 2007, they froze the pay raises for the vast majority of their work-force. It used to be that workers who stayed with the company would receive a .10 to .20 cent raise a year. However, that meant that someone who stayed with the company could end up at the end of 20 or 30 years making $20.00 or more dollars an hour just being a cashier.  Well, Wal-mart can't have that kind of labor costs, so they capped the pay raises for each position. If you are a cashier, you will never be able to earn money above $10.51 an hour. That is the cap. Wal-mart's PR goons and Kool-aid dispensers tell us it's to make sure we don't stay stuck in a position we have out-grown, and to move us up through the ranks. Most of us know that it's to keep labor costs down for Wal-mart.

    •  Also, (5+ / 0-)

      it should be noted that the "lifers' at Wal-mart find cashiering-where most of the long-time workforce stays on-find cashiering to work out for them personally. We have grandmothers who are raising their grandchildren, children who provided for their elderly parents,who need a low stress-as in I don't have to take work home with me-jobs the store provides.

      Too suddenly be capped and realize you will never receive another merit pay-raise because your complicated personal life mandates that you not move up to hourly management is quite a shock.

    •  It's class war (6+ / 0-)

      We must start winning.

      And as it turns out, winning a debate is surprisingly easy when a candidate decides he can say anything and expect to get away with it. -Rachel Maddow

      by mrobinson on Wed Oct 10, 2012 at 08:07:07 AM PDT

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    •  I wonder if this is the company policy everywhere. (2+ / 0-)
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      JayRaye, Larsstephens

      The local WM here has very similar policies in place right now too.

      Now, for my store, this is the truth. The MAJORITY of the store is part time, and full-time is considered 33 hours, UNLESS you were grandfathered in before the policy went in place and only work 28 hours a week. In addition, there is a mandatory full-time hiring/promotion freeze going on at the store right now.

      Just give me some truth. John Lennon--- OWS------Too Big To Fail

      by burnt out on Wed Oct 10, 2012 at 08:36:15 AM PDT

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