tagged w/ Walmart legal troubles mount as Black Friday walkout looms.
Walmart workers aren’t happy, and they’re letting their employer know it.
In the midst of worker strikes in several cities and the looming threat of a mass employee walkout on Black Friday (one of the busiest shopping days of the year), the world’s largest retailer has been hit with a class action lawsuit affecting temporary workers in the Chicago area.
The filing accuses Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. and two temporary staffing agencies in the region – Labor Ready Midwest Inc. and QPS Employment Group, Inc. – of breaking minimum wage and overtime laws for temp workers by making them show up early and work through lunch breaks. The lawsuit also alleges that Walmart failed to pay contracted workers the requisite four hours minimum in wages
The legal action comes at the tail end of what has been a tumultuous month for Walmart's perpetually rocky relationship with its workers. On Oct. 4, 71 employees in and around Walmart's Pico Rivera, Calif., store in the Los Angeles area participated in a day-long strike that spread to several metropolitan areas, including Chicago, Dallas, Miami, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C, according to the Making Change at Walmart campaign. Additionally, a group of workers staged a protest outside Wal-Mart Inc.'s Bentonville, Ark,, headquarters during the company’s annual investors meeting.
That wave of protests culminated in the Black Friday ultimatum: Walmart listens, or the workers walk. “It would be chaos in the stores,” says Evelin Cruz, a manager in the photo department at the Pico Rivera store. She’s been with Walmart 8-1/2 years and makes $13.20 per hour. “Last year, our store alone made $1.2 million in sales [on Black Friday]. They would lose out on this.”
Missing employees on such a high-traffic shopping day could lead to “dangerous situations, understaffed floors,” says Evan Yeats, a spokesman for the Making Change at Walmart campaign and the communications director for the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), based in Washington. “It’s a symbolic day, and it’s also a day when Walmart needs their workers the most.”
"Throughout all of these union-staged events, all of our stores were staffed up and open for business as usual," Mr. Fogleman says. "There has been no impact to our business. We will be taking care of our customers on Black Friday and don’t expect any business disruptions. We’re looking forward to helping shoppers get a great start to the holiday shopping season.”
***It is a mad house on Black Friday. If there is a Walkout Walmart will have it's staff.
But you need to know about the background check fails they have at Walmart etc.
There are not really many people that can pass the background checks.
Are they letting the felons work at the cash register to make up the loss of workers?
It's just how things run in business world, it's Sociology.
But by how much? Have you wondered, how much Walmart does that you
don't know about! You need to ask it's a $419 billion business in Walmart alone!
They got caught spying on the shoppers in the 1990's & now they can do it on the video system.
( http://current.com/technology/93940187_walmart-area-71-and-secerets-and-beyond.htm )
The point? Walmart does what it can to make money that's why they make $419 billion
& the worker in small towns makes $6.88+ after taxes in small towns and around.
The workers do need to walkout & the shoppers need to know what's going on!
Don't just sit there reading this story, you can do something to help!
( http://current.com/community/93927635_give-it-to-walmart-you-have-a-voice.htm )
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