Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Is Walmart Staff Shortages Retaliatory Behavior against Voters, Obama, and Obamacare?

4/2/13 Huff post on customer complaint agst WalMart On12/3/12... on Twitpic

Click picture to start video I taped at Wal-Mart approx 1 year ago of long lines.... or view it here

A Bloomberg.com article dated April 2, 2013, stated in part: ” Wal-Mart customers from Hawaii to Florida and from Texas to Vermont wrote to express their frustration after Bloomberg News reported March 26 that there aren’t enough workers in the stores to keep shelves stocked, cash registers manned and shoppers’ questions answered.I believe that the Bloomberg article supports my belief that staff shortages at Walmart could be retaliatory behavior by Walmart executives.

According to the article Wal-Mart U.S. had sales of about $274.5 billion in the year ended Jan. 31, more than the total sales of Target Corp. (TGT) and Costco Wholesale Corp. (COST) combined in their comparable periods.

On Saturday December 1, 2012, at approximately 8:30pm I videotaped long lines and wait time to check out in a local Walmart store in Houston, Texas. As evident from my conversation with a shopper in the store I couldn’t understand why the store wasn’t fully staffed and more if not every cash register opened.

On December 2, 2012, I read an article titled “Walmart's New Health Care Policy Shifts Burden to Medicaid, Obamacare.” Base on the content of the article I believe that Walmart’s decided to reduce the hours of its employees in order to deny them employer based health care coverage. I also believe that staff reduction contributed to the long lines and frustration of many of the shoppers in the store on December 1, 2012.

 On December 3, 2012, I posted video featured in this post in a CNN I-Report titled: “REASONS to Boycott Walmart: Obamacare, Low Wages, Long Lines, and Employee Retaliation.” I stated in the report the Walton family and its corporate executives appear to be trying to punish low income wages earners employed by them by cutting their hours and health insurances coverage for voting for Obama. I believe that Obama supporters of all ages, racial, ethnic, backgrounds and economic classes should boycott Walmart and Sam Clubs.

Walmart shoppers should support the underpaid and overworked employees at Walmart and Obamacare. Boycott Walmart until they change their new health care policy and/or stop retaliation actions against employees for speaking out for better pay, fair schedules and affordable health care. Bud and Sam Walton, are the founders of the world’s biggest retailer, Wal-Mart. The Waltons have a combined wealth of US$93 billion.

According to an ABC News post Walmart cut ties to the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) a conservative group and donated money to conservative candidates including Mitt Romney. On November 6, 2012, the voters rejected Mitt Romney and the Republican’s promise to repeal Obama’s health care reform bill. It is now time for consumers/customers to reject Walmart.

Walmart workers shouldn’t bear the unnecessary burden of fighting for work hours and entitled health care benefits. Its insane for shoppers to have to wait in long lines to give the Walton family and their stockholders their money. It is even more insane to shop at Walmart when that company supported ALEC, Mitt Romney, opposed President Obama, and appears to be engaged in retaliation of its employees and possible customers.

The time for action is now. BOYCOTT WALMART by shopping at other retailers and grocery stores.
 Vera Richardson
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