Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Wal-Mart memo: Unhealthy need not apply

I think this article belongs in the F--k WalMart file. I live two minutes from a Sam's Club yet I drive to the Costco 30 minutes away because of practices like this.

Wal-Mart memo: Unhealthy need not apply

NEW YORK (Reuters) - An internal memo sent to the Wal-Mart Stores Inc. board proposes numerous ways to hold down health care and benefits costs with less harm to the retailer's reputation, including hiring more part-time workers and discouraging unhealthy people from seeking jobs, the New York Times said Wednesday.

The paper said the draft memo to Wal-Mart's board was obtained from Wal-Mart Watch, a pressure group allied with labor unions that says Wal-Mart's pay and benefits are too low.


Oh, and just in case unhealthy people don't get the message, Walmart has this strategy


To discourage unhealthy job applicants, the paper said, Chambers suggests Wal-Mart arrange for "all jobs to include some physical activity (e.g., all cashiers do some cart-gathering),"



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5 Comments:

Blogger indygirl said...

Well, since we the ones paying Walmart's employees' health benefits (Hello Medicaid) I can't say I disagree. ;)

October 26, 2005  
Blogger torporific said...

Exactly.

A typical 200 employee Wal-Mart store will probably cost federal taxpayers $420,750.00 a year, about $2,103.00 per employee. This equates to $86 Million annually broken down to $32 Million in healthcare and $54 Million in other assistance programs.

http://www.teamstersjc42.com/walmart/walmart010205.htm

October 26, 2005  
Blogger John B. said...

Sounds a tad illegal, doesn't it?? Discriminating based on health, unless the job requires physical lifting, etc.

October 26, 2005  
Blogger torporific said...

Employment discrimination is definitely not my field and I am no ADA expert, but yes.

October 26, 2005  
Blogger WAT said...

F**K Wal-mart, that's why I go to Target instead.

October 27, 2005  

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