the nightly news said. Guess their health premium benefits are being increased for the amount the worker has to contribute now. The lady on TV said she can't afford to pay anymore with her $9.00 dept. manager job she is responsible for, and she has to live, eat, kids to support, etc. She feels the large corporation should do better than that by their people, all the money they take in and they are on the "cheap" for their wages they pay, etc. Same old thing; expect more for the worker to pay, but they don't want to pay their workers a fair wage for the responsibility of the job.
I am glad that so far we don't have one here and I don't plan on patronizing them if they do end up coming in here. They have been wanting to come in here, but sure hope they don't. We don't need another coming in here to get a bigger piece of the pie. We have one east of us and west of us we can go to, if need be. That's enough. We have a K-Mart and it suffices.
Let every day be a good day!
My sister works for walmart as a second job. she just went for her pharmacy certification and got promoted but didn't even come with a raise and is still making the same amount of money she was hired at, even though she took a step up in their pharmacy. Oh well, seems to be the way of the world anymore. the big man reaps the rewards and us peons keep working for them. I don't know how anyone expects to make under $10 an hour and afford health insurance especially when you have to keep a roof over your head.
I have a friend that works for WM and she seems to like it. But it all depends on your situation too. If it's a job for extra money, and you already have healthcare through a spouse..it's probably a good thing. Gets you out, keeps you busy. Plus you you get some extra spending money.
But if it's your soul support, and you're depending on WM for all you health care expenses, plus have a family to support, then it's probably not the best.
Some days I don't mind shopping at our WM, and some days I get irritated at some of their ways.
Yes, I do think WM could do better for their employees, and their customers.
I'm happy to have a WalMart here in our small town. Our option is to drive 2 1/2 hrs. to Spokane, go to Costco, pay a membership fee, pay 80.00 gas, and a whole day down the tubes.
Besides....I'm sure I'm famous. I think i'm on the WalMart pics for losing my skirt !
They circulated that to other walmarts Knit. I swear I saw that photo in the sewing department at ours. I think underneath it said "thread for sale so you don't lose your skirt"
I read about that yesterday and saw the footage of the department manager this morning. I started at WM at $7.50 and was making $11.85 after 8 years and one day when I retired. They put around $6,400 into a 401K for me during that time, I didn't contribute a penny. One of the floor cleaning/waxing crew had been there around 15 years and was making $32,000 a year as was a person working in the meat market with over 15 years. They both have a lifetime 10% off benefit now. I enjoyed my job, it was just time for me to retire. Businesses of all kinds are pulling this, so is our military. This is a bad time for the economy and working people.
they don't have to work there
Life is short, eat dessert first!
Walmart isn't all bad. I have worked there for over 17 years. At 62 I took early Social Security and went from full time to part time at my store going to some 18 hours a week and also dropping to a level 1 work position and a corresponding drop in pay scale as otherwise I would make more than SS allows before it starts taking back dollars. I thought to quit when I reached 65 and qualified for Medicare. But I learned that my monthly Medicare payment was more than what I paid for medical benefits through Walmart. So I stayed on at Walmart to keep the medical benefits, which incidentally are better than what is offered here in my area through Medicare part D.
Walmart offers different choices in medical coverage. At my store they offer Geisinger, Priority One and the Walmart Network. I am with Geisinger, a not for profit HMO.
I did read that the Walmart Health Network will be adding a surcharge to the premiums of tobacco users and that the surcharge is high.
When I began working at Walmart my pay was $5.50 an hour. Now over 17 years later, I work part-time as a people greeter and I make $14.01 an hour.
Walmart also has set up a 401K plan for me and at the last statement this past June it was a bit over $22,000. This is all Walmart contributions (profit sharing at the corporate level) I have contributed nothing to it. If you do contribute anything yourself to your 401K plan, Walmart will match it $ for $ up to a percentage of your pay, I forget now what percentage.
Also, Walmart has in place a bonus system calculated on the profitability of the store where you work. The highest I have recevied in bonuses is just a little shy of $1,300. This when I was still full time. However, the bonuses are pro-rated to the average amount of hours you work a week and even those who work up to 10 hours a week get a share of the bonus money. Bonuses are calculated and paid out quarterly and so far this year, despite the economy, I have received over $800 in bonus payments.
Unfortunately Lizzie, some people do have to hold onto what jobs they have. I know I do and I don't even get benefits, and their healthcare plan is so far out of reach even the full timers cannot afford the plan. There aren't many jobs to be had out there and I'm applying in 5 different states at the moment, the competition is so high your chances of actually getting hired someplace, no matter how good your resume looks, or your references are, are about 1000 to 1.
I've been at my job 6 months now, and still apply to jobs all the time. I have probably have sent a few more hundred resumes since April, and have only had one interview.
Being a quitter isn't an option anymore.
I'm thankful for what we've been blessed with over the years. I don't covet what others have, that's greed. Westinghouse gave us a great living, Walmart helped us when there was a need and it was hard for a 53 year old to find a job in 2000 after I had been retired for 3.5 years :-) They hired me within three days, thank you Walmart ! My station in life was meant to be, I gave my best at WM and they did just fine for me :-) There are countless people wanting any job, under any conditions.
I absolutely hate what retailers are doing to their employees and unfortunately it's everywhere !
I know of some businesses that are now paying employees a lot less initially than they did just a few years ago...talk about 'rolling back' not prices but wages !
I too am grateful for the job that I have but I'm so tired of hearing about 'customer satisfaction' all the time ! What about employee satisfaction....after all, if we are happy working there, it shows and the customers see it. If workers are unhappy, then they are miserable and the customers see that too.
What's now happening to Walmart employees will be happening across the country to other employees...the businesses see that WM can get away with it so they'll treat their employees like crap too.
I do shop at WM....the prices are cheaper than any other store around.
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