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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October 19, 2011

George Boston Rhynes (229-251-8645)
Valdosta, Georgia Home of Store #2615 or 899

Wal-Mart President MIke Duke and Board of Directors have not only ignored me for over 3 1/2 years without even a valid courteous response to any of my questions. But they have ignored their own workers that are still employed by them. The reason I do not use the word associates because associates are are equally respected unlike workers on October 12, 2011 in Bentonville, Arkansas.

You don't see Wal-Mart Executives but notice Wal-Mart Security and the strong showing of law enforcement:

I spoke from the air above all Wal-Mart Stores about my wrongful termination for inability to perform job without being given the required training given to all other Sporting Goods Department Managers in America and perhaps around the world.

The truth must go around the world to improve the working conditions of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. http://www.youtube.com/user/bostongbr#p/c/F8744F560A8E12D9/7/L_giT4CkyQo

Moreover, as a retired military veteran of the Vietnam Era, I cannot bury my head in the sand like the Ostrich Bird and pretend that enjoy being ignored by Wal-Mart Executives.

When I saw this group of Wal-Mart Patriots I joined them online immediately.

Wal-Mart must STOP this trend of ignoring and mistreating American workers

Wrongfully Terminated and Untrained Department Manager

*My trip to Bentonville, AK proved to me that Wal-Mart Stores Inc. cares little to nothing about following good management practices. Especially, when it comes to workers being respected!


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