Laurel, MD. WAL-MART LEANS ON ITS UNDERPAID WORKERS TO GO THE LAST MILE
Wal-Mart is counting on its workers literally “to go the last mile” for their company.
Wal-Mart is enticing its workers on their was home from work to deliver those cheap Chinese products to your front door. Eventually, they will use drones to drop off packages on the last mile trip---but as one interim measure---the company is dangling a few extra bucks in front of its workers to convert them into delivery boys when they get off work. Because they can live on what they earn inside the store, Wal-Mart knows they will jump at the chance to earn more. The retailer did not reveal how much extra it will pays its workers-turned-drivers.
“Without understanding if associates are going to be compensated for gas, additional insurance costs, wear and tear on our cars and the potential risks of delivering packages, this program could be creating problems for associates,” Cynthia Murray, a Walmart employee in Laurel, Md., told the Washington Post. “While Wal-Mart continues to point to its 1.5 million associates as its advantage over companies like Amazon, we also know that they are not doing enough to support us and our families.”
“The practice seems ripe for abuse if the company does not compensate workers for the full cost of their journey, the expenses related to gas, car depreciation, and potential problems like accidents, tickets or parking expenses,” Stephanie Luce, a labor professor at the City University of New York told The Post. “In reality, most of the benefits accrue to the employer, not the employee.”
“This is completely an opt-in program,” a Wal-Mart spokesman said. “This is not something associates are required to do. They are, first and foremost, always going to finish their shift.”
One thing is certain, Wal-Mart CEO Doug McMillion does not need to deliver packages on this way home.
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