[FoRK] WalMart on the cutting edge
Adam L Beberg
Sun Jun 19 11:28:23 PDT 2005
Another Chinese innovation in working conditions makes it to the US
coutesy of WalMart :)
And who are they kidding, service at WalMart is crappy no matter when
you go there. And I can't blame them in any way considering what they make.
Wal-Mart store tells workers to be ready to work any shift
NITRO, W.Va. (AP) ? Workers at a West Virginia Wal-Mart (WMT) store have
been ordered to be available to work any shift at any time or face
The new "open-availability" policy at the Wal-Mart store in Nitro is
needed to ensure there is adequate staff during peak hours, said John
Knuckles, a manager at the store.
"We have many people with set schedules who aren't here when we need
them for our customers," Knuckles said.
"It is to take care of the customers, that's the only reason."
Workers who cannot commit to being available for any shift between 7
a.m. and 11 p.m., seven days a week, will be fired by the end of this
week. The store employs more than 400 workers.
"It shouldn't cause any problem, if they are concerned about their
customers," Knuckles said.
Wal-Mart corporate spokesman Dan Fogelman said other stores have such rules.
"This is something that is done throughout Wal-Mart stores," Fogelman
said. "The reality of retail is that our busiest times are evenings and
weekends, so it only makes sense that we have higher staffing levels at
Workers who are fired because they cannot meet the new requirement
likely will qualify for unemployment benefits, said David McMahon with
Legal Aid of West Virginia.
"If these people lose their jobs through no fault of their own, as a
general rule they will be eligible for unemployment benefits," McMahon
A union spokesman criticized the policy at the non-union retailer's store.
"This is a chilling new direction for Wal-Mart," said Chris Kofinis,
communications adviser for Wake Up Wal-Mart, a promotional campaign
financed by the United Food and Commercial Workers union. "It shows that
when you work at Wal-Mart, you can neither afford a decent standard of
life or even have a life."
Information from: The Charleston Gazette
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