Walmart to Stop Paying New Employees Extra to Work SundaysWalmart (WMT) plans to stop paying its staff an additional $1 an hour for working Sundays starting next year, according to Bloomberg.

The move won't affect the 1.4 million current U.S. employees of the world's largest retailer, only those hired after Jan. 1, spokesman Greg Rossiter told Bloomberg. The change will take effect at Walmart stores, Sam's Club outlets and warehouses.

During the past six quarters, Bentonville, Ark.-based Walmart has been suffering from a decline in same-store sales (for stores open at least a year) in the U.S., while expenses have been rising. CEO Mike Duke, who stands to make $19.2 million in total compensation in 2010 according to Forbes, has pledged to slow cost growth. One way is by trimming the discount retailer's biggest expense -- labor.

Other changes recently announced included a plan to end profit-sharing contributions next year, replacing them with matches to employee 401(k) retirement accounts, which would bring down benefits costs. But the current changes also include switching hourly employees' incentive payments to quarterly schedule instead of an annual one, and increasing the dollar amount in the bonus pool, Rossiter said. "Walmart's pay and benefits are as good if not better than other retailers," he added.

Better or not, as the U.S.'s largest private employer, the move is going to affect many hourly workers. Walmart has been accused in the past of creating conditions that encourage high employee turnover, thus keeping wages low. Also, more than anything, the move highlights the continued shift of power to employers as workers, afraid of finding themselves among the ranks of the unemployed, quietly accept wage cuts or changes that worsen their working conditions.

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There not Mormons their morons .

June 12 2011 at 11:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

They get bad press because they rip workers off.

June 12 2011 at 11:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

That isn't all their doing at Walmart their allowing Co managers to break policy and safety rules by ordering workers to do things unknowingly that will get them fired. When they were fined for the Black Friday death they took it out on the workers for things they were ordered to do . They would not ask who told them to do something they would just fire them letting the managers escape the cosequences of their policy violations ect.

June 12 2011 at 11:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

If Mike Duke took a serious pay cut (like his employees) he could probably PAY quite a few employees salaries. COME ON, 19 plus million a year...WHAT can he possibly do to justify THAT KIND OF SALARY?

There are other Americans, who do life saving, and life changing work, that don't even clear 50K a year. (even 40K, 30K, 20K) Mike Duke, other business CEO's, and even our own GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS earn EXORBITANT SALARIES, while demanding workers and much of the American Public earn meager, barely life sustaining incomes. How can you live with that?

December 16 2010 at 12:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Want to know why Wal-Mart's sales are slowing? With its past and current history of poor treatment of their employees, I personally wouldn't shop at Wal-Mart if it was the only store within 100 miles. Wal-Mart used to be known for its "Made in the US" products. Now try and find ANY. Sam Walton is turning over in his grave!

December 11 2010 at 10:49 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

While I'm definately not a member of the "spread the wealth around crowd", seems to me that Mr. Duke could lower some costs right off the bat by cutting his own salary and benefits.

December 11 2010 at 7:26 AM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply


December 10 2010 at 7:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

They already dont pay a living wage. Greedy greedy greedy uncle scrooge!

December 10 2010 at 3:53 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

I often find walmart employees hiding and hanging out on the job. If he wants to trim labor costs, ditch the dead wgt.

December 10 2010 at 3:16 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply

Stupid Americans who shop at Walmart....It is a FACT that Walmart sells many (but, not all) INFERIOR products with "Major" brand labels. They are a seedy, low-life operator.

December 10 2010 at 2:57 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to carpro33's comment

much like lowes & homedepot

December 10 2010 at 4:55 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply