Wal-Mart’s Greed Continues, Announces Deep Cuts to Workforce

walmartAh yes, the greed of Wal-Mart continues.  Maybe some of you have heard, Wal-Mart has announced that it will be cutting 2,500 Sam’s Club associates effective immediately.  The cuts are primarily focused on assistant managers, but will impact some hourly employees as well.

As some of you might know, I once worked for Sam’s Club and still do have many friends who work for the company.  Some of whom are facing an uncertain future following these cuts.

But before I shred this move, let’s take a look at the reasoning Wal-Mart is giving for these cuts.  Bill Durling, head of communications for Sam’s Club, said:

“We’re always looking at how to be more efficient and effective.  We’re doing this so we can position ourselves for future growth.”

This move is about greed, pure and simple.  Most anyone who works for Sam’s Club knows that each club is usually extremely short-handed.  Try calling a Sam’s Club on a Saturday or Sunday (or heck, pretty much any day), then tell me how long it takes to get someone to answer a phone.  Then once someone does, ask to speak to someone in a specific department.  See how long that takes.  That’s if anyone is actually working in that department.

There were times when I worked for the company that there literally was one person working on the floor.  Nobody in the Grocery department, nobody in Electronics.  Customers would start asking questions to employees who didn’t have answers because they didn’t work in those departments.

So when Durling says these cuts are about being “efficient and effective,” he’s full of crap.  This is the same crap they’ve been doing for years.  Their entire “plan of growth” is essentially cutting workers pay, benefits, perks and jobs to grow profits.

Find someone who’s worked for Sam’s Club for 10 or 20 years.  Then ask them if their benefits, pay and overall experience working at Sam’s has improved or gotten worse.  Once upon a time, Sam’s Club paid its employees overtime for working on Sunday.  Then they knocked it down to paying them $1 more per hour.  Now?  Nothing.

You used to get raises twice a year, now it’s once.

And don’t buy this whole shtick they’re trying to sell that these employees being laid off are being allowed to find other positions within the company.  For assistant managers, “new” positions are extremely rare so most of them will either have to step down into hourly roles or just be let go.

It’s a common joke I used when I worked for the company.  Sam’s Club desperately wants to be Costco.  Well, then they should just be Costco.  Pay your employees more, treat them better and you’ll get more productivity, a better attitude and that will translate into better sales.

But no.  They cut pay, cut benefits, cut jobs, add to every employees workload, push their employees harder and offer them essentially nothing for this added pressure and stress.  Well, outside of being allowed to keep your job – for now.

That is if you get hours.  See, they’ve been drastically cutting hours for employees for years now.  Last time I was there, they were instructing to give full-time employees 32 hours if possible and part-timers had to be below 24 hours.  Those hours being key because full-times had to maintain 32 hours to keep their benefits and over 24 hours Wal-Mart then had to provide benefits for part-timers.

But it wasn’t uncommon for someone to get scheduled for 8 hours a week.

And don’t think for a moment this won’t continue.  A company like Wal-Mart has but one goal – to cut as many benefits, jobs and hours as possible while growing profits.

Granted, they’re not the only company that does this, but they are the largest.  It’s just more disgusting, greedy, pathetic behavior by Wal-Mart to do whatever they can to grow their profits at the expense of their over 2 million employees.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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