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« on: November 21, 2012, 07:38:30 AM »

CCAC Cuts Adjuncts' Hours To Avoid Obamacare Requirements


The Huffington Post  |  By Tyler Kingkade Posted: 11/20/2012 1:46 pm EST Updated: 11/20/2012 1:46 pm EST



Community College Of Allegheny County will cut the hours some instructors to avoid paying for their health insurance coverage under new Affordable Care Act rules.

CCAC President Alex Johnson announced in an email to employees last week that the school would cut course loads and hours for some 200 adjunct faculty members and 200 additional employees.

The Affordable Care Act -- nicknamed Obamacare -- classifies employees who work 30 hours or more per week as full-time, and CCAC would be required under the new law to provide employer-assisted health insurance to those employees.

Instead, temporary part-time employees, such as clerical, computer, seasonal and other positions, will be limited to working 25 hours per week, and adjunct instructors will only be able to teach 10 credits per semester. Permanent part-time employees, already eligible for health care coverage, will be unaffected. The Pittsburgh-based college estimates the move will save it from spending an additional $6 million.

"While it is of course the college’s preference to provide coverage to these positions, there simply are not funds available to do so," David Hoovler, executive assistant to the president of CCAC, told The Huffington Post. "Several years of cuts or largely flat funding from our government supporters have led to significant cost reductions by CCAC, leaving little room to trim the college’s budget further."

He noted that students have also seen "significant tuition increases" and the college had "examined various alternatives to reducing hours without finding an affordable option."

The health care law's provision affecting full-time workers doesn't kick in until 2014, but Hoovler said the college may be held accountable for compliance retroactively for up to one year.

"The federal government has not yet released some key information that would inform our response, including specific guidelines regarding adjunct instructors, so this remains a work in progress that may be modified as more information becomes available," Hoovler added.

According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, CCAC previously placed a 12-credit teaching limit on adjuncts, paying $730 per credit per semester.

Inside Higher Ed explained that a reduction in hours means even professors working two jobs won't be able to get health care coverage from their employer:

Adjunct English professor Clint Benjamin, who has been teaching at the college for six years, pays out-of-pocket for catastrophic health care coverage only and had vague hopes of improved insurance under the Affordable Care Act. Not only is he now ineligible for such help, but the course load reduction will translate to up to $600 less in pay each month.
 But Benjamin still will be working full-time. Between the college and nearby Duquesne University, he currently teaches seven courses per semester. He estimated he works up to 70 hours per week, but doesn't qualify for health insurance at either institution.


The new restriction from CCAC is prompting those who looking to unionize adjunct professors elsewhere to be on guard.

"[CCAC] may be complying with the letter of the law, but the letter of law and the spirit of the law are two different things," Jeff Cech, a United Steelworkers representative leading an effort to unionize adjunct professors at Duquesne University, told the Post-Gazette. "If they are doing it at CCAC, it can't be long before they do it other places."

As Pennsylvania colleges have increasingly relied on adjuncts to teach a majority of classes, New Faculty Majority, a national nonprofit group that advocates for part-time college and university faculty, is watching for cuts to teaching hours at other schools due to Obamacare.

Matt Williams, the group's vice president, told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review he hasn't seen this happen at other colleges yet, "but we expect it will happen.”
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« Reply #1 on: November 21, 2012, 09:27:41 AM »

CCAC Cuts Adjuncts' Hours To Avoid Obamacare Requirements


The Huffington Post  |  By Tyler Kingkade Posted: 11/20/2012 1:46 pm EST Updated: 11/20/2012 1:46 pm EST



Community College Of Allegheny County will cut the hours some instructors to avoid paying for their health insurance coverage under new Affordable Care Act rules.

CCAC President Alex Johnson announced in an email to employees last week that the school would cut course loads and hours for some 200 adjunct faculty members and 200 additional employees.

The Affordable Care Act -- nicknamed Obamacare -- classifies employees who work 30 hours or more per week as full-time, and CCAC would be required under the new law to provide employer-assisted health insurance to those employees.

Instead, temporary part-time employees, such as clerical, computer, seasonal and other positions, will be limited to working 25 hours per week, and adjunct instructors will only be able to teach 10 credits per semester. Permanent part-time employees, already eligible for health care coverage, will be unaffected. The Pittsburgh-based college estimates the move will save it from spending an additional $6 million.

"While it is of course the college’s preference to provide coverage to these positions, there simply are not funds available to do so," David Hoovler, executive assistant to the president of CCAC, told The Huffington Post. "Several years of cuts or largely flat funding from our government supporters have led to significant cost reductions by CCAC, leaving little room to trim the college’s budget further."

He noted that students have also seen "significant tuition increases" and the college had "examined various alternatives to reducing hours without finding an affordable option."

The health care law's provision affecting full-time workers doesn't kick in until 2014, but Hoovler said the college may be held accountable for compliance retroactively for up to one year.

"The federal government has not yet released some key information that would inform our response, including specific guidelines regarding adjunct instructors, so this remains a work in progress that may be modified as more information becomes available," Hoovler added.

According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, CCAC previously placed a 12-credit teaching limit on adjuncts, paying $730 per credit per semester.

Inside Higher Ed explained that a reduction in hours means even professors working two jobs won't be able to get health care coverage from their employer:

Adjunct English professor Clint Benjamin, who has been teaching at the college for six years, pays out-of-pocket for catastrophic health care coverage only and had vague hopes of improved insurance under the Affordable Care Act. Not only is he now ineligible for such help, but the course load reduction will translate to up to $600 less in pay each month.
 But Benjamin still will be working full-time. Between the college and nearby Duquesne University, he currently teaches seven courses per semester. He estimated he works up to 70 hours per week, but doesn't qualify for health insurance at either institution.


The new restriction from CCAC is prompting those who looking to unionize adjunct professors elsewhere to be on guard.

"[CCAC] may be complying with the letter of the law, but the letter of law and the spirit of the law are two different things," Jeff Cech, a United Steelworkers representative leading an effort to unionize adjunct professors at Duquesne University, told the Post-Gazette. "If they are doing it at CCAC, it can't be long before they do it other places."

As Pennsylvania colleges have increasingly relied on adjuncts to teach a majority of classes, New Faculty Majority, a national nonprofit group that advocates for part-time college and university faculty, is watching for cuts to teaching hours at other schools due to Obamacare.

Matt Williams, the group's vice president, told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review he hasn't seen this happen at other colleges yet, "but we expect it will happen.”


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« Reply #2 on: November 21, 2012, 03:01:31 PM »

Experts: New Health Rules Show Obamacare Will Raise Costs
 Newsmax ^ | Wednesday, 21 Nov 2012 02:17 PM | Bill Hoffmann

Posted on Wednesday, November 21, 2012 4:05:55 PM by Olog-hai

The federal government has issued a series of sweeping new rules and regulations surrounding Obamacare—benefits that health-industry experts fear could end up costing Americans more. …

Betsy McCaughey, a former New York lieutenant governor under George Pataki and author of “Decoding the Obamacare Law,” told Newsmax the new rules and regulations will cost consumers more. …

Meanwhile, companies with 50 or more employees will have a choice of sponsoring a health plan for 100 percent of their workers or paying an annual penalty of $2000. One study shows a third of those employers with 50 or more workers may opt to pay the annual penalty and drop their coverage. The extra costs may force some companies to reduce a number of their full-time workers to part-time status. …


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« Reply #3 on: November 21, 2012, 03:31:37 PM »

Hobby Lobby Appeals Decision Forcing It to Obey HHS Mandate ($1.3 Million-Per-Day fine)
 Life News ^ | November 21, 2012 | Steven Ertelt

Posted on Wednesday, November 21, 2012 5:04:25 PM by NYer

Hobby Lobby, a Christian-owned and run company, is fighting back against a judge’s decision siding with the Obama administration saying that it has the right to force it to pay for drugs for women that may cause abortions.

The privately held retail chain with more than 500 arts and crafts stores in 41 states filed a lawsuit against the Obama administration over its HHS mandate. The company says it would face $1.3 million in fines on a daily basis starting in January if it fails to comply with the mandate, which requires religious employers to pay for or refer women for abortion-cause drugs that violate their conscience or religious beliefs.

The lawsuit was filed in the US District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma and U.S. District Judge Joe Heaton issued a ruling late Monday rejecting Hobby Lobby’s request to block the mandate. Judge Heaton said that the company doesn’t qualify for an exemption because it is not a church or religious group.

“Plaintiffs have not cited, and the court has not found, any case concluding that secular, for-profit corporations such as Hobby Lobby and Mardel have a constitutional right to the free exercise of religion,” the ruling said.

Heaton wrote that “the court is not unsympathetic” to the company’s desire to not pay for abortion-causing drugs but he said the Obamacare law “results in concerns and issues not previously confronted by companies or their owners.”

Today, attorneys for Hobby Lobby informed LifeNews it has appealed to the federal 10th Circuit Court of Appeals seeking relief from the abortion pill mandate.

The brief reads in part: “n less than six weeks, [the Green family] must either violate their faith by covering abortion-causing drugs, or be exposed to severe penalties—including fines of up to $1.3 million per day, annual penalties of about $26 million and exposure to private suits.”

“The district court accepted that the Green family engages in a religious exercise by refusing to cover abortion-causing drugs in their self-funded health plan. There was thus no question that the Green family engages in ‘religious exercise,’” it adds. “[T]he Supreme Court has long rejected any distinction between “direct” and “indirect” burdens in evaluating whether regulations infringe religious exercise.”

“Every American, including family business owners like the Greens, should be free to make a living without forfeiting their religious beliefs,” said Kyle Duncan, General Counsel for the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, which represents Hobby Lobby. “The Green family needs relief before Jan. 1, and so we have asked the federal appeals court in Denver to issue an injunction against the mandate.”

Duncan said the judge’s decision did not question that the Green family has sincere religious beliefs forbidding them from providing abortion-causing drugs. The court ruled, however, that those beliefs were only “indirectly” burdened by the mandate’s requirement that [Hobby Lobby] provide free coverage for specific, abortion-inducing drugs in [the company’s] self-funded insurance plan.

Duncan previously talked about what the Obama administration told the court:

The administration’s arguments in this case are shocking. Here’s what they are saying: once someone starts a “secular” business, he categorically loses any right to run that business in accordance with his conscience. The business owner simply leaves her First Amendment rights at home when she goes to work at the business she built. Kosher butchers around the country must be shocked to find that they now run “secular” businesses. On this view of the world, even a seller of Bibles is “secular.” Hobby Lobby’s affiliate, Mardel, sells Bibles and other Christian-themed material, but because it makes a profit the government has now declared it “secular.”

The administration’s position here — while astonishing — is actually consistent with its overall view of the place of religion in civil society. After all, this is the administration who argued in the Hosanna-Tabor case last year in the Supreme Court that the religion clauses of the First Amendment offered no special protection to a church’s right to choose its ministers — a position that the Court rejected 9-0. This is the administration which has taken to referring to “freedom of worship” instead of “freedom of religion” — suggesting that religious freedom consists in being free to engage in private rituals and prayers, but not in carrying your religious convictions into public life. And this is the administration who crafted a “religious employer” exemption to the HHS mandate so narrow that a Catholic charity does not qualify for conscience protection if it serves non-Catholic poor people.

As you point out, the administration is trying to justify its rigid stance against religious business owners by saying otherwise they would become a “law unto themselves,” and be able to do all sorts of nasty things to their employees — like force them to attend Bible studies, or fire them if they denied the divinity of Christ. Nonsense. Hobby Lobby isn’t arguing for the right to impose the Greens’ religion on employees, nor for the right to fire employees of different religions. There’s already a federal law that protects employees from religious discrimination and that’s a very good thing. This case is about something entirely different: it’s about stopping the government from coercing religious business owners. The government wants to fine the Greens if they do not violate their own faith by handing out free abortion drugs, and now it’s saying they don’t even have the right to complain in court about it

Duncan said the onerous provisions of the HHS mandate “will hit Hobby Lobby in about two months — on January 1, 2013. At that point, it will face the choice of dropping employee health insurance altogether (and paying about $26 million a year in penalties), or continuing its current plan (which will expose it to about $1.3 million in fines per day). So it is not hard to imagine why the Greens felt they had no choice but to go to court.”

There are now 40 separate lawsuits challenging the HHS mandate, which is a regulation under the Affordable Care Act (aka “Obamacare”). The Becket Fund led the charge against the unconstitutional HHS mandate, and along with Hobby Lobby represents: Wheaton College, East Texas Baptist University, Houston Baptist University, Belmont Abbey College, Colorado Christian University, the Eternal Word Television Network, and Ave Maria University.

Hobby Lobby is the largest and the biggest non-Catholic-owned business to file a lawsuit against the HHS mandate, focusing sharp criticism on the administration’s regulation that forces all companies, regardless of religious conviction, to cover abortion-inducing drugs. It has faced a small boycott from liberals upset that it would challenge the mandate in court.

The Obama admin says there is an exemption in the statute but Duncan says that is not acceptable.

“The safe harbor’s protection is illusory,” said Duncan. “Even though the government won’t make religious colleges pay crippling fines this year, private lawsuits can still be brought, schools are at a competitive disadvantage for hiring and retaining faculty, and employees face the specter of battling chronic conditions without access to affordable care. This mandate puts these religious schools in an impossible position.”

Last week, a federal court stopped enforcement of the Obama administration’s abortion pill mandate against a Bible publisher which filed a lawsuit against it — the third such victory.
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« Reply #4 on: November 23, 2012, 03:20:04 PM »

Obamacare will make us a part time nation
 American Thinker ^ | 11/23/2012 | Rick Moran


Posted on Friday, November 23, 2012 5:14:57 PM



There are already 8 million Americans working part time who want to work full time. It seems likely that number will skyrocket once Obamacare is implemented.

An Obamacare supporter is as stupid as the Democrats who passed the legislation in the first place:

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When my better half told me that her boss was thinking about cutting all full-time employees to part time in order to avoid the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act insurance requirements (for full-time employees), my initial response was, "Surely the federal government wouldn't have allowed such a blatantly obvious way of getting out of the requirement." But that turned out to be false.

In fact, major names in the service/hospitality industry (e.g., Denny's, Olive Garden, Red Lobster and Longhorn Steakhouse) are already in the process of going to a part-time employee schedule for all employees. Thus, as a very possible consequence of the short-sightedness of the Affordable Care Act legislators, more people will be working two jobs to make ends meet.

Yet acquiring a second part-time job may be an impossibility for a large number of service/hospitality employees. Most part-time employees in this industry do not work full eight-hour shifts in a day. Rather, they work five to six days a week for four to six hours at a time during the busiest hours. Thus, it may not be possible for part-time workers to work more than one job, because the days they will be available to work will have been constrained by the part-time job they are trying to supplement.

The problems, however, may not end there. Because more people will be forced into part-time positions and into working multiple jobs, then less people will have the time to go to college, have benefits like vacation and sick days,


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« Reply #5 on: November 23, 2012, 05:12:07 PM »

They should have just made a donation to his campaign so they could get a waiver.  I would be wary of attending a school who's administration isn't on top of their game.
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« Reply #6 on: November 23, 2012, 06:16:34 PM »

my religion tells me that its immoral drive under 100mph. thus i should get an exemption from speed limits because if forced to abide by them then i would be forced to break my religious convictions.
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« Reply #7 on: November 23, 2012, 07:17:32 PM »

There is nothing new here. Employers, both in the public and private sectors have been cutting hours to part time (often at or under half-time) to avoid paying for or even offering health insurance as well as other benefits to them.
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« Reply #8 on: November 24, 2012, 02:06:48 AM »

democrats just do everything they can to stifle progress and technology

It would be amazing to see how far beyond the current we would be without all the drag of communism.

Probly have flying cars and cure for cancer by now.

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« Reply #9 on: November 24, 2012, 09:59:08 PM »

Why we want to be as sad economically as France I will never know.
Why copy failed europe?
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« Reply #10 on: November 24, 2012, 11:38:01 PM »

Why we want to be as sad economically as France I will never know.
Why copy failed europe?


Have you ever lived in Europe or do you personally know folk who live there? My guess is that you don't. I have family who live in Germany, Denmark and France. The have very good lives and actually don't complain much about the high taxes.
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« Reply #11 on: November 25, 2012, 12:00:59 AM »

Have you ever lived in Europe or do you personally know folk who live there? My guess is that you don't. I have family who live in Germany, Denmark and France. The have very good lives and actually don't complain much about the high taxes.

They don't complain about high taxes.  Good dog.   
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« Reply #12 on: November 25, 2012, 01:10:59 AM »

They don't complain about high taxes.  Good dog.   

Perhaps they simply appreciate what their money is buying. Like I said, if you've never been to Europe and/or know people who live there, you really have no idea what you are talking about.
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« Reply #13 on: November 25, 2012, 02:37:41 AM »

Perhaps they simply appreciate what their money is buying. Like I said, if you've never been to Europe and/or know people who live there, you really have no idea what you are talking about.

It's interesting that you think you know where I've been, where my family is from and what I know about.   
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« Reply #14 on: November 25, 2012, 10:28:14 PM »

It's interesting that you think you know where I've been, where my family is from and what I know about.   

Did you not read the "if" in my post. I never suggested that I know what I cannot possibly know about you. So "if" you have recently lived or have family who lives in Europe with whom you are close enough to know how they feel about things there, please do carry on.
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« Reply #15 on: December 01, 2012, 02:21:29 PM »

ObamaCare Fallout: Walmart Ends Insurance For New Hires
 Breitbart ^ | 1 Dec 2012 | John Nolte

Posted on Saturday, December 01, 2012 3:14:56 PM by george76

And so the government takeover of our health care system begins:

Walmart, the nation’s largest private employer, plans to begin denying health insurance to newly hired employees who work fewer than 30 hours a week..

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By making the fine for not providing health care cheaper than providing health care, this was always the plan: to encourage employers to send us to the government.

Remember how Obama's big ObamaCare sell was, "You get to keep the health insurance you have"?

It was all a lie, a hustle, a con, a ruse…


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« Reply #16 on: December 01, 2012, 02:47:04 PM »

Obama Slaps States That Don't Comply With Obamacare
 Newsmax ^ | Saturday, 01 Dec 2012 01:42 PM | Sandy Fitzgerald and Martin Gould


Posted on Saturday, December 01, 2012 3:26:17 PM

Residents of states that refuse to set up health insurance exchanges under Obamacare are set to be hit with higher premiums under new rules announced by the Health and Human Services Department.

Insurance companies will be charged 3.5 percent of any premiums they sell through the federal exchanges, the department announced Friday. And insurers are likely to pass that surcharge on to clients, leaading to higher premiums.

The only states to be affected are those that refuse to set up their own exchanges because of opposition to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. They are almost certain to be those under Republican control. In those states, HHS will set up the exchanges. …


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« Reply #17 on: December 01, 2012, 06:16:47 PM »

What Walmart does not say…

•Although the company will often cite higher numbers, the average Walmart Associate makes just $8.81 per hour according to a study published by Bloomberg News. An employee who works Walmart’s definition of full-time (34 hours per week) makes just $15,500 per year. That means hundreds of thousands of people who work full-time at Walmart still live below the poverty line.

•Many Walmart workers are forced to utilize state subsidized benefits. Three major studies—one in Georgia, one in California, and one in Massachusetts—found that Walmart was the employer that had workers most reliant on government assistance. It is estimated that Walmart employees cost taxpayers more than $1 billion nationwide.

•As of January 2012, Walmart no longer offers health benefits to employees who work less than 24 hours per week. Walmart also raised premiums for full time employees by up to 120 percent.

•Walmart has a long history of denying its employees the right to organize and right to collectively bargain. The company deploys numerous anti-union tactics, including requiring workers to attend anti-union meetings and specially training supervisors in union avoidance.

•Back in 2005, a memo from Walmart’s then Vice President of Benefits Susan Chambers outlined a strategy for how the company could remove sick workers from the payrolls and avoid paying healthcare benefits.

•Many Walmart workers are forced into “flexible” schedules, which means “shorter shifts, making it difficult to schedule their lives, and unleash Darwinian forces on the sales floor that damage morale.”

•“The flexible scheduling policy is designed to force higher-paid full-time workers to reduce their status to part-time, or quit (and be replaced with part-time workers), since this would save Walmart ‘enormous amounts of money from reduced salaries and benefits paid.’”

•The company will not disclose how many of its workers are part-time, but employees across the county report an increase in part time staffers, even for numerous employees seeking full-time status.

•Between July 2005 and June 2011, Walmart settled an estimated 70 state and federal class action wage and hour lawsuits and lost one jury trial of a wage and hour case, involving a total of well over a million current and former employees and costing the company over $1 billion. The lawsuits covered wage and hour violations that occurred between the late 1990s and 2010, including unpaid wages and lack of legally required breaks.

Walmart subcontracts warehouse work to third party companies who then subcontract with temp agencies to supply workers. At one Walmart contractor, Schneider Logistics, which operates several warehouse facilities in Southern California, Illinois and other parts of the country, workers recently filed a class action lawsuit in federal court detailing a pattern of abuses leading to workers being paid below the legal minimum.

Because many warehouse workers are “temporary”, despite working for the same facilities often for years on end, they are subjected to rock-bottom wages, dangerous working conditions and do not receive any kind of employer-provided benefits.

•Walmart business strategy relies on a global supply chain to deliver cheaply made products to its store shelves.  This system puts relentless pressure on suppliers to cut costs which often leads to workers in developing countries such as China and Bangladesh to toil for incredibly low wages, sometimes as low as $80 per month.

http://makingchangeatwalmart.org/walmart-and-workers/
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What Walmart does not say…

•Although the company will often cite higher numbers, the average Walmart Associate makes just $8.81 per hour according to a study published by Bloomberg News. An employee who works Walmart’s definition of full-time (34 hours per week) makes just $15,500 per year. That means hundreds of thousands of people who work full-time at Walmart still live below the poverty line.

•Many Walmart workers are forced to utilize state subsidized benefits. Three major studies—one in Georgia, one in California, and one in Massachusetts—found that Walmart was the employer that had workers most reliant on government assistance. It is estimated that Walmart employees cost taxpayers more than $1 billion nationwide.

•As of January 2012, Walmart no longer offers health benefits to employees who work less than 24 hours per week. Walmart also raised premiums for full time employees by up to 120 percent.

•Walmart has a long history of denying its employees the right to organize and right to collectively bargain. The company deploys numerous anti-union tactics, including requiring workers to attend anti-union meetings and specially training supervisors in union avoidance.

•Back in 2005, a memo from Walmart’s then Vice President of Benefits Susan Chambers outlined a strategy for how the company could remove sick workers from the payrolls and avoid paying healthcare benefits.

•Many Walmart workers are forced into “flexible” schedules, which means “shorter shifts, making it difficult to schedule their lives, and unleash Darwinian forces on the sales floor that damage morale.”

•“The flexible scheduling policy is designed to force higher-paid full-time workers to reduce their status to part-time, or quit (and be replaced with part-time workers), since this would save Walmart ‘enormous amounts of money from reduced salaries and benefits paid.’”

•The company will not disclose how many of its workers are part-time, but employees across the county report an increase in part time staffers, even for numerous employees seeking full-time status.

•Between July 2005 and June 2011, Walmart settled an estimated 70 state and federal class action wage and hour lawsuits and lost one jury trial of a wage and hour case, involving a total of well over a million current and former employees and costing the company over $1 billion. The lawsuits covered wage and hour violations that occurred between the late 1990s and 2010, including unpaid wages and lack of legally required breaks.

•Walmart subcontracts warehouse work to third party companies who then subcontract with temp agencies to supply workers. At one Walmart contractor, Schneider Logistics, which operates several warehouse facilities in Southern California, Illinois and other parts of the country, workers recently filed a class action lawsuit in federal court detailing a pattern of abuses leading to workers being paid below the legal minimum.

•Because many warehouse workers are “temporary”, despite working for the same facilities often for years on end, they are subjected to rock-bottom wages, dangerous working conditions and do not receive any kind of employer-provided benefits.

•Walmart business strategy relies on a global supply chain to deliver cheaply made products to its store shelves.  This system puts relentless pressure on suppliers to cut costs which often leads to workers in developing countries such as China and Bangladesh to toil for incredibly low wages, sometimes as low as $80 per month.


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« Reply #19 on: December 01, 2012, 06:26:16 PM »

Sorry about that. It's fixed now, see the original post. http://makingchangeatwalmart.org/walmart-and-workers/
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« Reply #20 on: December 01, 2012, 08:18:34 PM »

if you dont like the way wal-mart runs its business operation, then boycot. organize rallies. spread the word.

but you have absolutely no right to interfere in the way wal-mart chooses to run its business. as such, neither does the government.
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« Reply #21 on: December 01, 2012, 08:22:18 PM »

my religion tells me that its immoral drive under 100mph. thus i should get an exemption from speed limits because if forced to abide by them then i would be forced to break my religious convictions.

Hardly a worthy analogy.  
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« Reply #22 on: December 01, 2012, 08:31:06 PM »

Hardly a worthy analogy.  
   ok, how about this = i am an employer and my religion tells me it is morally wrong for a person to take breaks during the workday. thus, i should not be required to follow the law requiring employers to let employees take a half hour break. 
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« Reply #23 on: December 01, 2012, 08:31:55 PM »

or how about this=   my religion tells me it is wrong to buy car insurance.  thus, i should get an exemption from having to do so.
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« Reply #24 on: December 01, 2012, 08:32:48 PM »

or how about this=  my religion tells me it is morally wrong to reveal my finances to any other person but myself. thus, i should be exempted from federal financial reporting requirements.
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