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Wal-Mart to hire 100,000 servicemen


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Initial post: Jan 15, 2013 6:52:10 AM PST
David says:
Wal-Mart is announcing a plan to hire almost any military veteran who wants a job - one of the biggest job commitments ever made by a company. America's largest retailer expects to hire more than 100,000 veterans in the next five years. The program will begin on Memorial Day and the offer is being extended to any vet who received an honorable discharge from the military within a year of applying for a job. First lady Michelle Obama, who has led a White House effort to encourage businesses to hire vets, called the Wal-Mart decision "historic." Since the recession, unemployment rates for troops discharged from active duty have been higher than the US average.

The question remains whether they will pay a wage the returning service members can raise a family on.

Posted on Jan 15, 2013 6:56:41 AM PST
Just Leigh says:
There's a good story in today's New York Times on this.

Among the vet qualities Walmart says it prizes is "leadership."

Me, too! That's where the next crop of union organizers will come from!

Posted on Jan 15, 2013 7:02:57 AM PST
Boomy says:
That would be awesome...and hopefully they will "organize" too.

Posted on Jan 15, 2013 7:06:56 AM PST
Moderate says:
Nice headlines for now. Wonder how the program will seem in 5 years looking back.

I feel we are in an era where we think talk is as important as actions.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 15, 2013 7:12:17 AM PST
S. Evans says:
Moderate says: "Nice headlines for now. Wonder how the program will seem in 5 years looking back."

Yeah, PT hours only at slightly above minimum wage -- well, it's something, but the vet's gonna have to work another job in addition if he's got a family.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 15, 2013 7:13:16 AM PST
Walmart's PR person probably thought that sounded great, but its just a bunch of BS.

In reality Walmart does not want leadership in it's workers, it wants subservience.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 15, 2013 7:14:21 AM PST
Boomy says:
But they might get their "worded" wish...service members stick together...and talk to each other.

Posted on Jan 15, 2013 7:16:59 AM PST
ignatov says:
"the vet's gonna have to work another job"

Or, like most WalMart employees, he can go on welfare. Taxpayers should demand that corporations pay a living wage so we don't have to subsidize their employees.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 15, 2013 7:18:55 AM PST
+1

Welcome back, here's a minimum wage job with part time hours. It's not the America you left and fought for!

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 15, 2013 7:20:23 AM PST
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Boomy says:
It is better than no job...doesn't mean they can't get other jobs...and like I said it might have other "advantages"...

Although I do agree with the spirit of your criticisms...

Posted on Jan 15, 2013 7:22:23 AM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Jan 15, 2013 7:22:43 AM PST
Well, we were already millions of jobs short, even before the Bush Forces returned. I don't know what kind of a life they'll have now that unemployment will be going up as they come back and try finding work doing something productive. I suspect that the influx of veterans that Walmart hires will just cause other people to be unemployed instead.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 15, 2013 7:24:39 AM PST
Boomy says:
Probably, but like I said the "veterans" will talk and network with each other I bet...good chance for "unionizing" Wal-Mart...

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 15, 2013 7:25:56 AM PST
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Posted on Jan 15, 2013 7:26:42 AM PST
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This is one reason why conservative Christians really piss me off.

"You're broke and you don't even know what's going to happen to you next month, but keep having kids!" In some cases, presumably, so that priests have a fresh source of children to molest, and so the church has future dues paying members.

Having children always comes at a horrible cost to the parents, when the parents were already broke before they had kids. Eventually, it pressures wages downwards as the kids age into adulthood and add to the unemployment problem.

The Bush Wars managed to hide that problem at a terrible cost to our national debt. Although it wasn't th primary cause for the war (corporate political graft was), it was a side effect that the politicians didn't mind too much, as it hid their export of American jobs.

KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON!

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 15, 2013 7:28:20 AM PST
Boomy says:
Wease are you serious? You really have gone off the "deep end" after the election if that is not sarcasm...

Posted on Jan 15, 2013 7:28:42 AM PST
Moderate says:
The far right considers wars to be jobs programs.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 15, 2013 7:29:57 AM PST
Well, they might be getting another jobs program in Mali.

It might hold the conservative hunger pangs back while they plan the next Big War, probably with Iran, whenever they gain control of the government again.

Posted on Jan 15, 2013 7:33:02 AM PST
At least the Romans knew how to do a proper sacking of the places they invaded.

After Bush spent a few trillion on Iraq and Afghanistan, we see in the news where they're selling their oil, rare Earth minerals, precious metals, etc. to China.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 15, 2013 7:37:50 AM PST
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Boomy says:
Who's to say that isn't the payoff...its hard to for the money to go straight through...and with the Citizens United ruling it might go right back into Republican Senators/Candidates pockets...we don't know. At least during Iraq I by Bush's daddy in 1991 the Europeans paid outright.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 15, 2013 7:41:22 AM PST
Boomy says:
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In reply to an earlier post on Jan 15, 2013 7:49:36 AM PST
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Thanks to Bush's wars, it's not hard to imagine that in another 100-200 years, all that's left of this section of the North American continent are regional governments that inherited some of our infrastructure. Kind of like what happened in Europe after the fall of the Roman Empire.

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In reply to an earlier post on Jan 15, 2013 8:04:43 AM PST
They were going to hire 100,000 people anyway, it's just that they'll be veterans working those deadend jobs instead of other people.

So they've done nothing exceptional and still managed to get great PR out of it. It shifts the unemployment problem around so that we still have the same amount of unemployment we would have had before, only that different people will be unemployed.
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