The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #54258 Message #845750
Posted By: Alice
11-Dec-02 - 11:57 PM
Thread Name: BS: Bloody WalMart
Subject: RE: BS: Bloody WalMart
So, how does Wal Mart keep those prices down? One way is to save money on payroll by having people stay in the store overtime without pay.
...'STEVEN GREENHOUSE: Would they actually order you to work off the clock, or was it
something you did that they really didn't know about?
FARRIS COBB, No, they knew. They all knew. That's what they would tell me that, um,
you have to do this for the company.
ANDREA FLEISCHER: Russell Lloyd, a former judge, represents Farris Cobb, Liberty
Morales and 19 others in class action lawsuits filed in six states throughout the South.
RUSSELL LLOYD: Each of these individuals has been pencil whipped. A little here, a little
there, no claim is more than - worth more than two, three, four thousand dollars.
ANDREA FLEISCHER: But Lloyd calculates that for just one store in Texas with 250
employees, saving one hour of overtime per person per week quickly adds up.
RUSSELL LLOYD: That's 250 hours a week. That's a thousand hours a month. In one
store. That's roughly twelve thousand hours a year, he's getting free labor. Out of that one
store, and there's three hundred and some odd stores in Texas.
ANDREA FLEISCHER: That kind of arithmetic for the state of Texas alone, could mean 30
million dollars in savings in one year.