Half of the Workers at the Nation’s Largest Employer Are Part-Time

By Sahid Fawaz

The country’s largest, and greediest, employer doesn’t even employ most of its workers full-time.

Reuters reports:

“Part-time workers account for half of Walmart Inc’s workforce, up from 20 percent in 2005, according to a labor group report on Friday that examined the company’s increased shift away from more expensive full-time employees.

The report from the Organization United for Respect (OUR), formerly called OUR Walmart, said 69 percent of the part-time employees it surveyed would prefer the stability and greater income of a full-time job. Walmart’s share of part-time workers is well above the industry average of around 30 percent, it said.

Over 7,000 Walmart hourly employees participated in the survey. The responses were collated online from 87 percent of them, or 6,176 current employees, the report said. OUR, which split from the United Food & Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) in 2015, says it is a network of over 150,000 people working in low wage retail jobs and its largest support base is within Walmart.

The retailer’s spokesman, Kory Lundberg, said the company has a majority full-time hourly workforce, without giving numbers. ‘We have more full-time jobs than any private business in America and we have seen that percentage go up over the last few years.’

Lundberg said the company converts about 150,000 workers from part time to full time annually and employees can pick up extra hours by signing up for eligible unfilled shifts in their stores.

Part-time employees receive fewer benefits, earn less pay for the same work as full-time associates and often find it hard to climb the ranks within the company.”

For the rest of the article, visit Reuters here.

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