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Posted on Dec 21, 2012 4:09:35 PM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Dec 21, 2012 4:06:40 PM PST
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KenOC says:
True! But many or even most businesses are turning to a part time model, mostly because they can avoid paying for benefits as you suggest (a very significant cost). Walmart may be the biggest welfare queen, but hardly the only one!

BTW it's an excellent business model for the owners/stockholders. Managers would be ignoring their fiduciary responsibilities if they did otherwise. Your description "socialize their costs, privatize their gains" seems quite accurate. Again, should they do otherwise? Would you?

Posted on Dec 21, 2012 4:06:26 PM PST
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Posted on Dec 21, 2012 3:58:25 PM PST
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KenOC says:
march, it's a good time to be rich. Not poor certainly. But I'm not sure that's much different than it always has been.

Posted on Dec 21, 2012 3:50:31 PM PST
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KenOC says:
Thanks March. If there's evidence of a pattern of discrimination affecting a lot of people, you'd think a class action would be allowed. But I'm no lawyer!

However, the question of compensation is another matter. Walmart has been criticised for paying its people so poorly that they still qualify for food stamps, and for not offering reasonable (any?) health care benefits. My question is: Should they pay better?

Posted on Dec 21, 2012 3:41:14 PM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Dec 21, 2012 2:27:07 PM PST
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KenOC says:
My experience is that, in general, large companies treat employees better than smaller ones, comply with workplace safety rules better, offer better benefits, and so forth. Of course there are exceptions.

Walmart offers jobs involving certain duties at certain levels of pay and benefits. People take those jobs or they don't. I have never heard that they are a "bad employer" other than compensation issues, except for a lawsuit a while back on discrimination in promotions (memory here). Do they have a duty to do more?

BTW based on my observation, Walmart is happy to offer jobs to the elderly (sometimes quite elderly) and the physically and mentally handicapped. This is very rare.

Posted on Dec 21, 2012 2:12:53 PM PST
T. Anderson says:
that sounds like a job i had at a prominent shipping company, only we didn't even have a water fountain. we had to bring our own. i'm not making light of this, but i'd have to have a lot more info before i make a judgement.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 21, 2012 1:06:36 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 21, 2012 1:12:11 PM PST
Mandryka says:
I'm not sure I understand you. Do you disbelieve the article? Do you think it's OK for a company to treat its employees like that?

What's the reference to Walmart about? Is it just that they're big and successful so people have unfairly got it in for them, in your opinion? Or is there something else going on in the reference to Walmart.

The line about stress, is that a joke?

Posted on Dec 21, 2012 8:22:05 AM PST
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Posted on Dec 21, 2012 8:16:54 AM PST
HB says:
Nothing new here. Big corporations routinely treat their employees poorly. There are exceptions, of course. Starbucks has a really good reputation, especially since they do not franchise. What I cannot understand is why the national press and/or TV networks did not report this story. This looks like a perfect 60 minutes item. The story is now more than 18 months old and it without Mandryka's OP, I would have never known about it. Do you think the major internet providers ignored this story on purpose?

Posted on Dec 21, 2012 6:11:44 AM PST
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Initial post: Dec 21, 2012 12:50:27 AM PST
Mandryka says:
http://articles.mcall.com/2011-09-18/news/mc-allentown-amazon-complaints-20110917_1_warehouse-workers-heat-stress-brutal-heat
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Discussion in:  Classical Music forum
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Initial post:  Dec 21, 2012
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