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...while I'm on the subject... [Oct. 18th, 2006|12:29 am]
My Wal-Mart, My Ass!


Here's something that's really bothering me. It's not going into effect until Thursday, but I figure I'm very likely to get screwed here anyhow, because of some statements made by management... well, here goes.

Our state enforced a higher minimum wage rate (from $6.15 to $7.15) starting on October 1st, 2006. Before then, our store's starting wages were $7.00. As a result of the minimum wage increase, Wal-Mart agreed to increase its store base pay rate from $7.00 to $8.25. Of course, any Wal-Mart associate can guess what comes next...

... not everyone is getting the wage increase. Or any wage increase. Specifically, new associates (those who have not been with the company for about a year) will see the $1.25 increase. However, everyone else can expect 'from a quarter to $1.25, unless they've been with the company for a while, in which case they get nothing'. I recently received my performance review for six years of company service -- and when I asked about it, I was cheerfully informed that 'since it's not in the system, you're probably not getting it', and that the store manager would be 'explaining to everyone who didn't get it why not'. So I'm expecting Thursday is going to be grim. Nobody's made it clear exactly who gets a raise or not, except 'those who've been here a long time probably won't get anything'.

The cost of living has been steadily rising in the area (more so than my meager paycheck), and frankly, I'm angry about this whole thing. It's bad enough that they've imposed maximum wage limits on associates -- in short, you can't earn more than $14.80 or so if you're a 'pay class 1' associate. This might have increased with the starting pay increase (they claimed it would, but conveniently didn't mention this bit of wallet rape), but anyhow, the point is, it basically boils down to 'once you hit 15 years of service -- sooner if you were an excellent worker -- you no longer receive raises except via promotion wtihin the company, which is very reasonable because look at all the benefits there are of working here'.

So, yeah. I've been trying to tamp this down, but seeing the article set me off again. It pisses me off that basically, I stand a very real chance of losing two and a half years' worth of my career in raises, and although I'm encouraged to smile and be happy about it, I'm getting very, very tired of being screwed over by the company. Their benefits package is almost nonexistent, and much of their benefits don't even take effect until you've been with the company for several years (3 years is the minimum for getting any of that profit sharing they tout so heavily, for example).

-=sigh=- There's always one or two people at a meeting to seed the crowd of these announcements with 'oh, that's good' mentality ... but more telling is the fact that they're always the only people saying anything positive at all. Most Wal-Mart associates (at my store, anyhow) are aware they're getting screwed, and just aren't sure how much they're getting screwed by or what they can do about it.

From: (Anonymous)
2010-09-16 04:31 pm (UTC)

yes the economy is bad ........

I as for one knows the things in wal.mart corp. thats needs some adjusting and if these things were fixed we would have a great place to work but as it stands today the store i work for is in shambles and could use some help. For one it has no store manager for the time being because ours just up and left us hangin', and he has been gone for about 2 months now . We just went through a crappy half done remodel and what i realized from all of that is that the company itself cares less about the associates the ones that keeps the stores going!!!!!! I dont think we as workers out on the floor get enough praise for all that we do!!! Our store has way too many assistant managers and the sit in the office all day and harp at everybody else when the job isnt done right , instead when one of us ask what needs fixed and how to fix it , they sit on their butts and gives some excuse why they cant come help. We need more managers workin with us instead of just dishing iut oreders. Especially , if the are going to gripe about what does get done they need to be out there with us.
Also , we have issues with scheduling and us as associates out on the floor knows when there isnt going to be no coverage and let some one know in managenent but we get told they cant change the hours around where there inst no one to cover!!!! Thus when it comes to that time and no one is there it makes who comes in after that shift when there is no coverage , that associate has to work harder. After a while if you are that assocoate it makes you not care how well your job gets done!!!! We get told alot that there is not enough hours in those departments to give any more hours but come to find out other departments have too many hours so they are using other departments hours and just making them work in their normal departments instead of making them work the department they were scheduled in!!!!!
I am thankful for my job cause i have 4 kids and 1 in the way but it would be nice to know that my job will be there for me tommorrow but as our store stands they have been finding any reason to get rid of anyone that has a fulltime position and benefits!!! So i could go in to work tommorrow and get asked to the office and i could be gone over something really bogus!!!!
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