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Wal-Mart says it will create 22,000 jobs in 2009

Discussion in 'Political Zone' started by WoodysGirl, Jun 4, 2009.

  1. WoodysGirl

    WoodysGirl Do it for the Vine! Staff Member

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    Thu Jun 4, 12:06 am ET

    BENTONVILLE, Ark. – As Wal-Mart Stores Inc. opens about 150 new or expanded stores in the U.S. in 2009, the company expects to hire about 22,000 people for new positions.

    Those positions include plenty of cashiers and stock clerks, but the world's largest retailer will also be adding store managers, pharmacists and personnel workers.

    Wal-Mart is holding its annual shareholders meeting on Friday, and employees from its stores around the world are spending the week in Bentonville at company headquarters.

    Wal-Mart, still the target of criticism from union-backed groups for its pay and benefits, has improved its health insurance coverage and opened it to full- and part-time employees. The company says 94 percent of its employees have health coverage, either through Wal-Mart or another family member.

    "At Wal-Mart, we offer competitive pay and benefits and real opportunities for our associates to advance and build careers," Wal-Mart Vice Chairman Eduardo Castro-Wright said. "Job creation is just one way in which we're working hard every day to help people across this country live better."

    Other employee benefits include a 401(k) plan, stock purchases and discounts for workers making in-store purchases.

    The company has touted its generic drugs program in which Wal-Mart is selling $4 prescriptions for many popular medicines. Competitors, such as Kroger Co., have matched the price for some prescriptions.

    "During this difficult economic time, we're proud to be able to create quality jobs for thousands of Americans this year," Castro-Wright said.

    Earlier this year, the company shared more than $2 billion with its workers through bonuses, profit sharing and payments into the company 401(k) plan.

    Wal-Mart has more than 2.1 million employees in the U.S. and abroad. The company had sales last fiscal year of $401 billion.

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090604/ap_on_bi_ge/us_wal_mart_jobs
  2. trickblue

    trickblue Old Testament... Zone Supporter

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    Of course, many on the left hate Wal-Mart... and the unions sure do. This will be bittersweet news for many...
  3. WoodysGirl

    WoodysGirl Do it for the Vine! Staff Member

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    I hate shopping at Walmart, but I still go there.

    I hate some of the people working for Walmart, but if I lost my job tomorrow, I'd be one of the first in line.

    There's a reason why their successful.
  4. zrinkill

    zrinkill Diamond surrounded by trash

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    I know a certain canadian that will tear into this thread any moment!!
  5. JBond

    JBond Well-Known Member

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    I only go late at night. The shoppers get scarier looking the later you go, but there are much less of them. I cant stand the whole feel of the place, but you can not beat their pricing on many items.
  6. WoodysGirl

    WoodysGirl Do it for the Vine! Staff Member

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    I go late when other people are with me. I don't go by myself otherwise. A lady was kidnapped and murdered after going to a Walmart late.

    I used to go after work, but people drive me nuts.

    I actually like going on Sunday during regular church hours. My church has two services. I go to the early service and then run any errands while everybody else is at church.
  7. Doomsday101

    Doomsday101 Well-Known Member

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  8. MetalHead

    MetalHead Benched

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    I love Walmart.
    No unions allowed and keeping prices low.
    What a concept!
  9. Bizwah

    Bizwah Well-Known Member

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    Same here.

    I worked for Wal-Mart through high school and college...Loved it!

    It's been about 20 years since I worked there, but the majority of associates loved working there too. I don't know if things have changed or not, but I'm sure many associates don't give a rip about not being unionized.

    I get irritated hearing unions complain about how the workers there are mistreated. I never felt that way.

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