Wal-Mart employees protest cut in hours, absenteeism policy

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More than 100 Wal-Mart employees in Hialeah Gardens staged a protest over recent changes in the company's absenteeism policies and scheduling.

Protestors said some employees' hours were cut to as few as six per week, and schedules were erratic. Wal-Mart said the store manager had violated corporate policy by cutting the 40-hour workweek to 35 hours across the board in an effort to reduce payroll. The company has since corrected the mistake.

Employees also protested wage caps, employing more part-timers, increased night and weekend hours and changes to attendance policies. Wal-Mart recently instituted disciplinary procedures for frequent unexcused absences and began requiring employees to call company headquarters to report absences.  

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Mary Morgan September 30, 2012 at 7:49 pm

My hours were cut from 40 a week to 35, now down to 33. All hourly Wal-Mart employees in my store have been cut. Yet according to the morning meetings sales are up 35% from last year. What’s wrong with this picture?

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