Give fair compensation to inventory and backroom associates
  • Petitioned Lorenzo Lopez

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Director, Media Relations, Walmart
Lorenzo Lopez
VP, People, Walmart
Gisel Ruiz
VP, Corporate Communications, Walmart
Mona Williams
CEO, Walmart
Michael Duke

Give fair compensation to inventory and backroom associates

    1. Kenneth Laird
    2. Petition by

      Kenneth Laird

      Anchorage, AK

I work at a Walmart in the State of Alaska, and have been a part time associate (but working a full time schedule) for almost a year now. Most of the duties expected of backroom inventory associates include, but are not limited to: physical labor to unload freight trucks, operation of heavy power equipment (such as power jacks and forklifts) and handling and maintaining a backroom with literally millions of dollars worth of freight. As a side note, Walmart has heavily opposed labor unions, which would be beneficial to the employees when it comes to fair pay and compensation/benefits.

 

I would like to bring a more detailed focus to those of us who are encouraged or required on a daily basis to operate power equipment. For those of us who train for the license to operate power equipment and use the equipment in our daily tasks, we assume a huge amount of responsibility. We are personally responsible for assets we may damage if mistakes are made or equipment is used improperly, not to mention to safety risks to ourselves and our coworkers. We take on all this responsibility for no additional pay or consideration for promotions or benefits. In Alaska, Walmart's starting pay for most positions that require the use of power equipment is $10 per hour. A sad sum for the responsibility you are required to take on.

 

Furthermore, inventory associates face a number of safety and health risks. When operating the forklift at our store in Alaska, we are often outside for extended periods of time in negative temperatures, which can potentially cause personal bodily harm and sickness. Other safety risks are also common. For example, I have cracked my ribs twice within the time that I have worked as an inventory associate. Those of us who are considered part time while working full time hours do not receive medical benefits to help us stay healthy and deal with the physical strain of our jobs.

 

Please lets tell Walmart their hard working employees deserve better. Better pay, and better benefits for the hard labors and responsibilities they take on to make this company work.

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    1. Reached 1,500 signatures
    2. Injury - Continued

      Kenneth Laird
      Petition Organizer

      ~Continued~
      As a temporary front end worker until I recover, all I have to say is WOW at some of the situations front end workers put up with. I have been verbally abused by customers almost on a daily basis, despite doing my best to provide great customer service, and I have about 4-6 different managers asking me to assist, lift, push, pull, and grab things, despite my injury, and even my arm being in a sling. This is not to mention the harassment I face from upper management for having filed the accident report. I am definitely receiving the cold shoulder. Even when I recover, I have to wonder, at 23 years old, is working for a job which barely covers my base expenses, worth winding up in a sling over, with potential for further injury if I get thrown back into the receiving area? I have read a few comments from previous walmart workers, and their experience with injury on the job. I definitely know where those folk are coming from now.

      Thanks again for the support!!
      Ken

    3. Injured on the job. Is it worth it?

      Kenneth Laird
      Petition Organizer

      Hello again supporters! Thankyou for everything you do to show support in this struggle that many face. I wish I had more time to stop by and read everyone's comments, but life has been busier. In the recent month. I have to say it is definitely insightful though. I recently was injured at work, as far as anyone can tell, about 2 months ago, I started feeling pains in my right arm. I decided to give it some time to go away, but it just didn't. After throwing the truck and stacking pallets, the pain was unbearable. I decided to be brave and disappoint the management by telling them I am injured as a result of working, and I wish to go to the doctor. I was diagnosed with tendonitis in my right elbow, wrist, and shoulder. I am receiving physical therapy as a result, paid for by the company, and I am working as a people greeter until the injury is healed. Being on the front end for the last 6 weeks made me see that front end workers definitely have their share of trials to face.~Continued~

    4. Reached 1,000 signatures
    5. Almost 1000 signatures. Wow

      Kenneth Laird
      Petition Organizer

      Hi again, and I just wanted to thank you for all the signatures/comments received over the recent weeks. I have not been online much, as my schedule at work is constantly shifting and changing, averaging between 20-32 hours a week, which is barely enough for my rent and car payment, not to mention food. I just wanted to say despite all the bad days at work, stress, and chaos of making a living nowadays, its the people who have signed this petition that really give me that extra bit of strength, to know others are willing to stand up for what they believe, and speak their opinion.

      Thanks everyone!

      Ken

    6. Reached 750 signatures
    7. Holidays almost over, as is our paychecks

      Kenneth Laird
      Petition Organizer

      Hi there, and I want to say thanks again to all the supporters who have signed. It raises my hopes to log on to my computer on my days off, and see all the people who signed, and reading their reasons why. I would like to bring some things to your attention on my home turf. I am still employed for Walmart, going on 8 months now. I started with a solid 40 a week, and this was long before major holidays where on the horizon. As the Holidays approached, I was cut down to 32 hour weeks, which was still barely making it in my world. At this point, it was all I could do to rent my room, and drive my car to and from work, but my paychecks didn't allow for much more than that. Walmart is thanking me for all the extra effort I put forth with all the extra freight I managed, but the week after Christmas, giving me a 24 hour week. I have a 2 person household. My girlfriend and I live together. She works at the same Walmart I do, as a Cashier. They are giving her a 13 hour work week the same week

    8. Reached 500 signatures
    9. Got through black friday and the Thanksgiving. Not over yet

      Kenneth Laird
      Petition Organizer

      I wanted to send a thanks to all the support received! I worked the day of Thanksgiving, which did not sit well with me, as I knew I was missed at a dinner table, with close friends of mine. I know a lot people feel the same way, and I would also love nothing more than to see that one day change. I wanted to thank everyone who took the time to hear me out, and wish everyone a belated Happy Thanksgiving, and an Early Merry Christmas. I honestly hope retail stores start letting more employees go home to their families for those few times in this crazy world we actually get to share our bounty with friends and family alike.

    10. Reached 250 signatures

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    • Francis Hatin PALM COAST, FL
      • over 2 years ago

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    • Ashley Hundal MARKHAM, WI
      • over 2 years ago

      Seems to me that Walmart has soo much influence and the government

      Doesn't care. Greedy greedy greedy!!!

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    • Kenneth Jeffus THIBODAUX, LA
      • over 2 years ago

      There are other places I can shop-and will.

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    • Roger Ondra MECHANICSVILLE, VA
      • over 2 years ago

      Companies that work their employees to death without compensating for any physical injuries that result from that company's lack of adequate physical protection should be forced to compensate for it and provide a safer working environment.

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    • lena delcampo BERLIN, NJ
      • over 2 years ago

      This is why in NJ us Union members fight wal-mart all the time. Wal-mart only cares about how much money they can make and not about the people that help them make it. The union has tried over and over again to organize the people that work for wal-mart but never got enough people to stand together. People need to realize the more they stand together the more power they have. You need to try to organize the people there and have them all stand together as one and the more people that stand the more louder you are. And if you get a chance please look at my 2 petitions and if you argee please sign them.

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