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Obamacare fallout

September 23, 2013 - Harry Eagar
Remember those predictions that Obamacare would result in lost jobs; or reduction of full-time jobs to part-time; or to ditching company medical plans?

Not at the nation's biggest retailer. Bloomberg News sez:

"Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is moving 35,000 part-time workers to full-time status and is elevating another 35,000 to part-time from temporary after struggling to keep shelves stocked with too few employees in the past year."

Reading further, it seems the geniuses in Bentonville (who don't even trust their managers to turn on the lights) cut payrolls by 10% while adding 500 stores. But it turns out workers are valuable to businesses after all.


Article Comments



Sep-24-13 8:49 PM

Company did not want to pay benefits but workers would strike, so they agreed by members vote. Not all voted in favor. Since this happened many full timers lost their jobs.


Sep-24-13 8:47 PM

Part-time was 20 hours a week. Union reps and owners got together and said that a part-timer can work 40 hours but without full time benefits. Many wanted the hours and did not care about the Health Benefits. Many had parents to take care of that.

Now they have families and still part-time without the Health Insurance. Now they cannot because they are not full time workers. Many worked part-time because they had other jobs. Aloha Airlines gave free flying benefits and many wanted that benefit. 20 hours a week was fine for flying free. Many lost their jobs outside and working part-time did not cut it. Unions and company said to give part-timers who now worked 40 hours benefits. Company did not.

Part-timers were used to save overtime and many worked middle shifts and nights. Using Aloha Airlines is just an example. Part-time should only be 20 hours a week, mainly done by student s of age to work.


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