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Lonestarblue

(10,294 posts)
Mon Feb 19, 2024, 02:05 PM Feb 2024

It's Not Just Wages. Retailers Are Mistreating Workers in a More Insidious Way. [View all]

The NYT has an article today on how major corporations are impoverishing workers, and it’s all legal. We need better worker protections.

“Most of my co-workers had been at the store for years, but almost all of them were, like me, part time. This meant that the store had no obligation to give us a stable number of hours or to adhere to a weekly minimum. Some weeks we’d be scheduled for as little as a single four-hour shift; other weeks we’d be asked to do overnights and work as many as 39 hours (never 40, presumably because the company didn’t want to come anywhere close to having to pay overtime).

The unpredictability of the hours made life difficult for my co-workers — as much as, if not more than, the low pay did. On receiving a paycheck for a good week’s work, when they’d worked 39 hours, should they use the money to pay down debt? Or should they hold on to it in case the following week they were scheduled for only four hours and didn’t have enough for food?”

https://www.nytimes.com/2024/02/19/opinion/part-time-workers-usa.html?unlocked_article_code=1.Wk0.hhzp._buRG3bIIl2j&smid=url-share




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My last retail environment was back in the 80s & union. CrispyQ Feb 2024 #1
They also schedule like that Bettie Feb 2024 #2
No benefits, either. NT Trueblue Texan Feb 2024 #27
Well of course not Bettie Feb 2024 #29
Unions are the answer dlk Feb 2024 #3
++ appalachiablue Feb 2024 #5
Yes! That's the sort of thing that lead to unions in the first place. patphil Feb 2024 #12
Yes. It has always been my contention to those who complain about unions is that it's companies who create them because Wonder Why Feb 2024 #18
At the moment, the Union of Retail EmployERS is unbeatable PTL_Mancuso Feb 2024 #17
YES BonnieJW Feb 2024 #31
Our grandparents and parents knew the value of unions dlk Feb 2024 #32
Plenty of Union workers voted for Reagan BlueNIndiana Feb 2024 #33
Unfortunately, true dlk Feb 2024 #34
Wonder if Rebl2 Feb 2024 #35
Yes, Reagan was a SAG union member and even led them on a strike on 1960 dlk Feb 2024 #36
Wow Rebl2 Feb 2024 #37
This has been going on for a long time. Also, split shifts. Work 3 hours, off 3, work 4. SharonAnn Feb 2024 #4
I hated split shifts ArkansasDemocrat1 Feb 2024 #10
This is the American way! LittleGirl Feb 2024 #6
You can't have Medicare for All, they might raise taxes on the money we made by not giving you health insurance! ArkansasDemocrat1 Feb 2024 #13
Now that we Boomers are on our way out, the balance will shift back Warpy Feb 2024 #7
I worked at I. Magnin in San Francisco leftieNanner Feb 2024 #8
Oh, I've heard plenty of stories sakabatou Feb 2024 #9
I've lived some of these ArkansasDemocrat1 Feb 2024 #11
Holy... sakabatou Feb 2024 #14
Nope, one placed I worked had 25% (twenty-five percent) turnover monthly ArkansasDemocrat1 Feb 2024 #19
Shit. I wouldn't be surprised if it went bankrupt, or just skeleton crew sakabatou Feb 2024 #23
Nope, it's still there ArkansasDemocrat1 Feb 2024 #38
They should just all not show up. And find a different job. LiberalFighter Feb 2024 #15
And, this is how you get it done! OldBaldy1701E Feb 2024 #28
I've only had two retail jobs kimbutgar Feb 2024 #16
This is what happens I_UndergroundPanther Feb 2024 #20
Getting money out of politics is Step 1 dlk Feb 2024 #21
A couple of thoughts: snot Feb 2024 #22
My friend works for an airline central scrutinizer Feb 2024 #24
Do they think this is new? AwakeAtLast Feb 2024 #25
Kick dalton99a Feb 2024 #26
it's rampant in academia too et tu Feb 2024 #30
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