Working Class - LOWWAGEWORK , 2003SalesAss

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L OW -W AGE  W ORK When unions form in Wal-Mart fire workers Wal-Mart can close down the store in order to stop unions, illegal activity but very hard to prove Squeeze workers in every way that they can Hires smart managers whose jobs are supposed to squeeze as much as they can out of the workers 2003 Sales Associates $8.32/hr 32 hours a week annual wage = $13,861 poverty line = $15,260 for family of 3 Cashiers = lower wages and fewer hours a week annual wages  $11,948 and 92.6% are women and men  cashiers make $700 more than women Department managers 78% women paid an hourly rate not a salary average income $21,709 Store Managers for men = $105,682 and women =$89,280 District Managers men = $239,519 and women $177,149 Regional Vice-president men = $400,000 and women $290,000 Women stay longer, have higher job evaluations but they take longer to get promoted Health care benefits cover 48% of workers and 600,000 uncovered Part-time employees under 34 hours/week, must wait 2 years before they can get health care coverage full-time  hourly employees must wait 6 months Managers have no waiting period Wal-Mart’s basic plan has high deductibles Average full-time employee need to pay 27% of year’s pay to get  any healthcare benefits Many workers need some form of medicaid In Georgia for every 4 employees one Wal-Mart child in Peachcare (State’s version of Medicaid)  Force some of the unhealthy workers out and hire healthy workers dissuades people who stay at Wal-Mart too  long they think of a way to push them out Time-Theft -  only take a break for 15 minutes and if you take a 17 minute break then you have stolen 2  minutes like taking money out of the cash register 25,000 employees for 1 week 60,567 missed breaks that they were entitled to and 15,705 lost meal times, 1,371 
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