9 years she has given to this sorry, pathetic excuse for a company. Sam Walton is rolling in his grave knowing what his family has turned walmart into. In nine years, my mom has always shown up on time, has never had any problems with conduct, and has given them everything they have asked-and more! She does the work of what two people can do. She pushes herself so hard in her job to do the best she can that in 2008 she injured both of her shoulders which resulted in steroid shots, a rotator cuff surgery on her left arm and physical therapy for her left and right. She had to fight the stupid place to even get them to pay worker’s comp and for her appointments. They tried to reduce her hours, tried to push her to working days as a greeter (she’s a 3rd shift night stocker), and whatever else they could do. Thank God she is such a strong, stubborn, persistent person, otherwise they would have steam-rolled right over her without a second thought. But she called people and wrote people and she made it through recovery. Although her shoulders still act up and she isn’t quite the strong, determined woman she was before her injury—she made it through.
She is no longer with the store that sat by with her injury, but with another hell nonetheless. She is now at a 24-hour super center. She is a full-time, 40-hour/wk, employee…always has been. Nine years running. The store she is at seems to not want to make sales. They don’t change out the shelving specials at the end of aisles for months, will leave product in the back of the store and not put it out, and is now cutting a whole bunch of their 40-hour employees down to 24 hours, which then leaves them at part-time status. With part-time status, walmart can give you 24 hours one day and 8 the next. A part-time walmart employee is tortured with their hours, as hours are not guaranteed.
What the overnight manager is telling my mom (to save his ass legally), is that yes he is cutting her hours, but she can work on the day shift here and there when days are available to make up the difference. This way she can’t say that they aren’t giving her 40 hours because technically they offered her day time hours. Daytimers get payed $2 less an hour. My mom also can’t work days because of the demands of my son. She is an overly gracious mom and grandma. She attends all of my son’s school meetings with me for support and to know what’s going on as she is the other adult in the house caring for Christopher, she gets us to weekly appointments…she does everything! Have I mentioned yet that my mom is wonderful? How she has dealt with me over the years I’ll never know, lol.
Anyways, if she turns down the daytime hours, in legal speak, she is denying offered hours. She feels she is being phased out of her job and that there’s nothing she can do. What the store manager said today was “I’m not phasing you out. I’m giving you hours, they may not be what you want, but I am giving them to you…what else do you want from me?” So what will happen is that she could go to days, but they will not hold her overnight position she has had for 9 years at her hourly wage, but will have her sign a paper relinquishing her overnight/full-time/40 hour title and have her work as a part-time/dayshift/whatever hours they want to give you because you’re a part-timer title. She will then be a part-time employee, and he can cut her down to no hours. They won’t fire her though. Oh no, they don’t want her collecting unemployment or anything or survive.
She is the only worker in the house. I have tried to work, but my son’s needs are too demanding. What do they expect families to do about their bills and living expenses when they do crap like this to honest people?? And what’s worse is that the handful of people (that’s right, they didn’t cut everyone’s hours) that they chopped down were all females, besides one male that they put on the list—he’s leaving the store in a week, so he really doesn’t count. She’s feels she’s being discriminated against. I feel so sad for her and what this “company” has lowered her soul down to. This is not what Walton wanted as his legacy.
I am going to try and apply for S.S.I. for my son who has Autism (Asperger’) to cover rent, and get a job to try and make up the rest of the difference. If she quits, she can’t receive unemployment, but if she stays she can’t tap into her 401K. Catch 22. So she is going to work whatever hours they give her on overnights until they no longer give her any hours, and see where to go from there. We don’t know what happens if she stays on overnights but they don’t give her hours.
I’m hoping something will give soon. Otherwise all unnecessary payments will be cut shortly; cell phone, tv, storage units (will have to move contents of ours and my late uncle’s into the basement) and anything else that needs to be cut. But even all that only saves us about $400/month. Sheesh, do I hate that place. They are the main reasoning behind our declining economy…outsourcing!!!
I wish they would just FIRE her!!!! 16 months ago