Friday, April 17, 2015

Wal-Mart Fights-Back

It's about time~!

Wal-Mart has closed 5 stores in four states, which coincidentally, are the same stores where employees staged a strike for $15.00/hour starting wages, last fall.  

In six months time, the laid-off workers can re-apply for their jobs, if they want-to.  

And therein, lies the essence of the basis of the wage debate:

You apply for a job at Wal-Mart, or at McDonald's, or a a Choctaw casino, whatever~
You go through the interview process, and a job offer is extended, replete with your starting wage, of $minimum/hour.

AND, you accept.  You accept that bargain, agreeing to that employment contract.

Because $Min.hour beats the $0.00 per hour that you made last week.  Period.  
You are given the time(s) to show up for work, or orientation, whichever, and guess what?Because you got no money in your pocket, you show up~!, looking forward to that first fat check you can cash in two or three weeks.   YEAH, YOU AGREED TO THE  BARGAIN

You accepted the terms of employment... now complete your part of the bargain, or Go Back To Zero dollars Per Hour.   It IS THAT SIMPLE, STUPID.

I eat at lots of McDonald's restaurants every week, all over eastern Oklahoma.  I treat the people serving me with respect.  I hope every one of them seeks personal improvement, , aims for great, ambitious life-goals, and consider McDonald's or Wal-Mart as only preliminary stepping- stones along their own, personal work histories-successes.

Wal-Mart suddenly closed five stores in four states on Monday
for alleged plumbing problems.

The closures could last up to six months and affect roughly 2,200 workers in Texas, California, Oklahoma, and Florida, CNN Money reports.

Wal-Mart employees say they were completely blindsided by the news, having been notified only a couple hours before the stores closed at 7 p.m. Monday.

"Everybody just panicked and started crying," Venanzi Luna, a manager at a store in Pico Rivera, California, told CNN Money. 

All workers will receive paid leave for two months. After that, full-time workers could become eligible for severance, according to CNN Money. But part-time workers will be on their own. 

Local officials and employees have questioned Wal-Mart's reasoning for the closures.

According to ABC News, "no plumbing permits have been pulled in any of the five cities where the stores were suddenly closed for at least six months."

A city official in Pico Rivera confirmed to CBS Los Angeles that the city has not received any permit requests for building repairs.

In Midland, Texas, where another store was closed, a city official told ABC News that his plumbing inspector was turned away when he visited the store and offered to help secure construction permits.

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