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Wal-Mart announces cutbacks on employee health care

Shoppers exit a Walmart store on March 29, 2011 in Valley Stream, New York.

Bob Moon: Those familiar "smiley faces" at Wal-Mart gave way to some frowns today after the retail giant announced some cutbacks in its employee health care coverage. It's going to stop offering health insurance to any new hires who work less than 24 hours a week. And full time employees weren't spared either -- their premiums will be going up. Smokers, especially, will be seeing a big jump in costs.

Barbara Collins works at a Walmart in Placerville, Calif. We found her through an employee-run organization called "Our Wal-Mart." Collins has been with the store for six years. She works full-time as a sales associate.

Barbara Collins: I pay $10 every two weeks, and it's going up to 18. My deductible is $1000 now, come January 1, it'll be 5000. I don't make that much money. I don't see how anybody thinks I can bay those bills.

Wal-Mart says it had to make choices that it wishes it didn't have to make, but it will keep paying the majority of costs for employee health care. The company says it currently insures more than one million people, including the families of its workers.

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TO: Home of Wal-Mart Store #411, 858, 889, 899, 1072, 1488, 2615, and my You Tube Channel of Information for American Workers: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3AbVH1p5FSk

All Wal-Mart Workers need to understand Health Insurance and how it will impact them across America. So please review the following links and educate yourself on what you are getting or not getting for your money.

Moreover, a few days ago by a at Wal-Mart Manager from Store #899 that a Department Manager was fired for speaking with a person from a union. I was called and informed that the union member was asking for social security number and that the store manager fired the worker.

I learned from my civil and human rights activity never to make conclusion until I have done my own investigation. This I will be doing this week and will definitely let the results of my finding from the terminated worker be known to all within this circle of communication.

While I do not speak for any organization but I speak because I am concerned about American Workers and have a responsibility to help people when I get the opportunity. I am amazed at the level of fear that resides with Wal-Mart Workers in 2011.

However, the struggle must continue if we are to help people that have no recourse but to accept mistreatment and be ignored by America’s largest retail giant without any help from their elected officials.

The following links will show what is going on at Wal-Mart Stores Inc. Please, understand that I was a wrongfully terminated Wal-Mart Sporting Goods Department Manager and was never provided with the mandatory required training. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qZG3XAsGR5k&feature=BFa&list=ULx6Dl4NTge7...

#1. Wal-Mart and what workers at Store #2615, 899 and you need to know about health insurance. CBS News…
http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=7385547n&tag=mncol%3Blst%3B1

#2. Wal-Mart Health Insurance or the lack thereof: ABC Nightly News….
http://abcnews.go.com/WNT/video/walmart-cuts-health-care-employees-14790554

#3. The Market Place…http://marketplace.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/10/21/pm-walmart-ann...

#4. Associated Press…..
http://online.wsj.com/article/APcc3796f5261b47338a1151d3f8901885.html

5. New Your Times: Wal-Mart Cuts Health Care Benefits:
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/21/business/wal-mart-cuts-some-health-car...

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