My Letter To Walmart – September 2015

I swear, I am getting slowly but surely fed up with the job my wife has had to deal with at Walmart.  She has given them 3 years of loyal employment, sometimes working over 40 hours in a work week, but averaging 36 hours per week while actually being on the job up to 6 days per week.  Did I mention this was a PART TIME job?  The following is an inquiry I made to Walmart on her behalf. Since it was very hard to find a correct place to send such an inquiry, I sent my message to the team that handles requests for information from members of the media (my blog being the form of media).

There were space limitations for how many words/characters I could type, so the email I drafted had to be paraphrased to meet the space limitations.  Here is what I sent and the original email:

(Paraphrased for room constraints on Walmart website):

I submit this to you with a question:  Why is it my wife is not afforded the benefits given a full time employee when you are having her work up to 40 hours per week on a weekly basis that you control?  She has not complained, she is not that way.

 
My spouse hired on with Walmart as a part time employee. Her goal was to work 3 to 4 days a week, no more than 30 hours per week. However, she has been working up to 6 days a week, from 6-8 hours per day & her hours worked total for every week has been 36-40 hours.  She has been with this company for over three years and is still only making $9 per hour.  She is afraid of trying to work less, for fear of being fired.  She has been subject to performing many tasks outside of her job description (scrubbing toilets, stocking shelves, sweeping floors, etc) and in one instance, faced a person who robbed her and the police were not even involved in asking her any questions. Additional pay would be nice, but if you are going to work someone a full time schedule, then they should be treated as a full time employee.
 
This was a response to the US Dept of Labor on a survey about the minimum wage & defining full time vs part time employment.
 
Red Hoffman
Department of Defense, Retired
Orlando, FL
What I actually WANTED to send to Walmart:
I submitted this response to the United States Department of Labor on a survey about the minimum wage and defining full time vs part time employment.
I submit this to you with a question:  Why is it my wife is not afforded the benefits given a full time employee when you are having her work 40 hours per week on a weekly basis that you control?  She has not complained, because that is not the way she is, but I see the toll this ‘part time’ job is having on her.
She is very liked at work, and she really likes her job, so I present this response to you, for your thoughts:
I do support the raising of minimum wage.  However, I think Congress or State lawmakers should look into the definition of full vs part time.  Reason? Because my spouse hired on with a HUGE company (Walmart) as a part time employee. Her goal was to work 3 to 4 days a week, no more than 30 hours per week. However, she has been working up to 6 days a week, from 6-8 hours per day and her hours worked total for every week has been 39-40 hours.  She has been with this company for over three years and is still only making $9 per hour.  She is afraid of trying to work less, for fear of being fired.  She has asked to be considered for full time and be given the benefits afforded a full time worker, but she has been told that her position (cashier) is not a full time position.  She has been subject to performing many tasks outside of her job description (scrubbing toilets, stocking shelves, sweeping floors, etc) and in one instance, faced a person who robbed her and the police were not even involved in asking her any questions. Additional pay would be nice, but if you are going to work someone a full time schedule, then they should be treated as a full time employee.
Red Hoffman

Department of Defense, Retired
Boompa, Father, Husband, Brother, Former Soldier
Orlando, FL
Fulltime employment is employment in which a person works a minimum number of hours defined as such by his/her employer. Fulltime employment often comes with benefits that are not typically offered to part-time, temporary, or flexible workers, such as annual leave, sickleave, and health insurance.
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Red Hoffman
Retired, Department of Defense
  
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