Posts Tagged ‘hourly careers’

Tell Walmart CEO Mike Duke: Do right by women at Walmart

Walmart is the largest private employer in this country and nearly 60 percent of its hourly employees are women. Unfortunately, according to many of its associates, Walmart is not truly a place of opportunity for women. Although Walmart’s female employees keep stores running and help the company generate profits, they aren’t always treated with respect. That’s why we need your help.

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Target and Walmart: Different uniforms, same plays

While the push for a fairer workplace at Walmart is well known, that desire is shared by workers across the retail sector. Target, which is often championed as a responsible alternative, has become increasingly ‘Walmarty,’ keeping wages down and funneling more and more employees into part-time–only positions.

As detailed in today’s New York Times, frustrated Target employees in the New York City area are taking matters into their own hands and seeking to organize into a union. Tuned out by management, these workers know that it’s a through a union that they are assured a voice on the job and a say in their working standards.

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American Rights at Work releases report on Walmart

Today, American Rights at Work released a report detailing the limited career opportunities available for Walmart associates. Coauthored by Nelson Lichtenstein of the University of California at Santa Barbara and American Rights at Work’s own Erin Johansson, “Creating Hourly Careers: A New Vision for Walmart and the Country” calls on the retail giant to take the lead in establishing a career path for its hourly workforce.

As the report makes clear, Walmart’s employees want to keep working for the company – the problem is that Walmart makes it nearly impossible to do so. Associates face a cap on wages, ever-changing schedules, expensive benefits, and an arbitrary discipline process.

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