Bentonville, AK (TFC) – Wal-Mart Inc. has abruptly shut down 5 stores in different states across the country. The statements are citing that each store simultaneously needs extensive plumbing work. The closures are responsible for eliminating about 2,000 jobs leaving workers scratching their heads wondering, why such short notice?
The year has not exactly started out great for Wal-Mart, Inc. The first quarter close for the international retail giant dipped down as low as 1.7 percent along with the S&P 500. Sparking fears that the economy is bloating itself up for yet another burst. Earlier this year, Wal-Mart along with other major retailers addressed wage equality by raising their employee wages to $9/hr or more across the entire country beginning in the 2nd quarter of 2015. Making their wages at least $1.75 above the deplorable National Federal Standard of $7.25 per hour. We, of course, know that as corporations giveth, they taketh away.
I supply that information because frankly, I don’t believe Wal-Mart. I do not think that they are shutting stores down on literally a days notice due to plumbing work. Ever been to a Wal-Mart? Before I started boycotting them, I had made my rounds to a few, they are everywhere. It’s hard to drive through a metropolitan area without going past one. Ever been inside a Wal-Mart that was being renovated? So have I. Seeing a pattern here? So did I. Plumbing issues usually take less time, and can be done during non-business hours. The closures are making customers and employees skeptical.
This is the full official quote from Wal-Mart to each respective district for regurgitation:
“As part of an effort to ensure all of our stores are fully serving the needs of our customers we regularly assess the conditions of our stores. Due to ongoing plumbing issues that will require extensive repairs we are temporarily closing the [locations]… We will immediately begin the process to address these issues and intend to reopen the store[s] as soon as all of the plumbing issues are resolved. Deciding to close a store is not a decision we make lightly, but after careful consideration, we felt it was necessary to make these repairs so we can better serve our customers and the community in the long run.”
The issues with closing during a renovation are obvious. No retailer, especially one that took a huge hit where its stocks are concerned, wants to see declines in sales, or flack from employees about massive job eliminations. I estimate that about 400 per store will go jobless. Claims are made that transfers will take place, there will be severance pay, etc. But of course no details on any of that has been made public in regards to how or why this seems to have been kept such a big secret? One would think something like this should have merited a few more days notice from an international corporation? I’m of the mind that this is fully serving to offset the losses in profits from wage increases, to keep stockholders from selling. All the while showing America exactly what Wal-Mart Stores, Inc thinks about the employees that drive the business. A workforce of 2000 employees that work at $9/hr for 6 months at the average 32 hours a week comes out to a gross savings of $15 million just in wages.
The 5 stores being closed, with links to their respective local news coverage on this:
- 1620 W. Church St. Livingston, TX
- 4517 N Midland Dr. Midland, TX
- 207 S. Memorial Dr. Tulsa, OK
- 8500 Washington Blvd. Pico Rivera, CA
- 1208 E. Brandon Blvd. Tampa, FL
No information could be found on any lawsuits or violations related to plumbing in any way at any Wal-Mart, anywhere. There is a class action suit worth noting, from truck drivers claiming wage evasion and not allowing time for breaks.
Wal-Mart, Inc. chooses to purchase and burn the cheapest source of energy for the stores, coal, 4 Million tons a year of it. Instead of investing into renewable energy and resource. Effectively telling the children that inherit this Earth to just deal with climate change.
Furthermore, the 6 top executives for Wal-Mart in 2014 took home a combined $75.5 Million in cash, equities, and ‘other’ compensations. If the Executives put $15 Million dollars last year back into their business model to avoid 2,000 employees losing work, do you think people would continue to protest for worker’s rights in front of the stores?
Hopefully that gives a little understanding as to why I boycott Wal-Mart.