Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Walmart treats people like dirt.

Here's some more evidence that Wally-Wort and other "globalization" proponents like them are lowering the wages and benefits of American workers to third world status. In this case, while most decent First World companies have intelligent and reasonable sick leave policies, and leave-banking arrangements, etc., etc., Walmart makes their employees contaminate their customers and send their worker's sick children on to school so they can infect your kids. And better (worse, actually) they keep food service workers who are sick there to prepare your food unless they are coughing SO MUCH that customers notice, then they just transfer them to another department for the day. Nice, huh?

The Institute for Southern Studies
Wal-Mart's stingy sick-leave policy may contribute to swine flu's spread
November 3, 2009

Wal-Mart's policy of punishing workers for taking sick leave risks spreading swine flu. So concludes a new report from the National Labor Committee that finds that employees of the Arkansas-based retail giant -- even its food handlers -- feel they have no choice but to work when they're sick. That's because the company gives workers demerits and deducts pay for staying home when they're sick or caring for sick children.

Said a worker at one Wal-Mart supercenter: Plenty of girls are coughing their brains out. But they cannot go home because of points. Everyone comes in sick. You can't stay home and God forbid if you leave early.

The report found that the only time the company is removing sick workers from the food section is when they are coughing too loudly or violently -- and then the person is merely transferred to another department rather than being sent home.

Wal-Mart's sick-leave policy conflicts with recommendations for the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which calls on employers to advise workers to be alert for symptoms of flu-like illness and to stay home if they are ill. The CDC also asks employers to allow workers to stay home to care for sick family members...

...The situation is particularly difficult for Wal-Mart workers who are single parents. The NLC reports on an instance in which an employee got a call from her four-year-old's preschool telling her to pick up the child, who had a fever of 103 degrees F. Despite the fact that the employee had already worked for four hours that day, she got a demerit point for leaving and lost her wages for the rest of the day.

The report says: Parents have no choice but to load their children up with Motrin and Dimetap to mask their symptoms so they can go to school...

Class, do not reward these incredibly greedy and insensitive corporate fat cats with your hard earned money. This immoral and unethical policy violates not only CDC policy but also common sense and the First World Judeo-Christian values that we expect our employers to hold. The executives at Wal-mart would never for one second put up with anyone treating themselves or their children like this. Don't reward such hypocrisy. Shop somewhere else - preferably a locally owned and operated store. Americans can't survive on third world wages and third world treatment. It's time to stop rewarding companies that walk all over their employees. The more they get away with treating people like dirt, the more companies will follow suit.

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