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Wed May 20, 2015, 05:01 PM

Walmart Boosts Hiring of Veterans

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (WMT) wants to hire 250,000 honorably discharged veterans by 2020. The company said its Veterans Welcome Home Commitment program has been so successful since it launched in 2013 that they want to expand it over the next seven years.

The program was designed to guarantee a job to any eligible U.S. veteran honorably discharged from active duty. Their goal was to hire 100,000 by 2018 but they have already succeeded close to that number by hiring 92,000 veterans in the past two years.

“We’ve experienced a tremendous response to the Veterans Welcome Home Commitment in our first two years, and as more service members transition out of active duty, we know we can do more, “said retired Brigadier General Gary Profit, who is Walmart’s senior director of military programs.

The executive vice president for logistics at Wal-Mart, Chris Sultemeier said veterans already hold positions in retail, distribution and management, and that about 8,000 of the 92,000 already hired have been promoted.

http://www.foxbusiness.com/industries/2015/05/20/welcome-home-to-walmart-vets/

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Response to Gamle-ged (Original post)

Wed May 20, 2015, 05:05 PM

1. Oh good. 250,000 honorably discharged veterans can work for Walmart's slave wages.

n/t

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Response to john262 (Reply #1)

Wed May 20, 2015, 05:09 PM

2. I guess the main difference between being "slaves" or non-slaves is having a choice...

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Response to Gamle-ged (Reply #2)

Wed May 20, 2015, 06:24 PM

3. I didn't mean to call the workers themselves slaves. Of course they don't have to

take the job and they can quit at anytime. "Slave wages" is a figure of speech to connote low wages.

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Response to john262 (Reply #3)

Wed May 20, 2015, 06:49 PM

4. I know an Army Reservist who is a regional manager for Walmart.

You wish you could earn her "slave" wage...

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Response to .30M1 (Reply #4)

Wed May 20, 2015, 07:02 PM

5. I doubt if many of those newly hired veterans will be hired as regional managers.

Most will probably get entry level jobs.

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Response to john262 (Reply #5)

Wed May 20, 2015, 07:12 PM

8. There's always room for advancement.

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Response to .30M1 (Reply #8)

Wed May 20, 2015, 07:16 PM

9. Yes and some might make it. But realistically, what percentage of Walmart workers

actually ever make it to regional manager? I did a search and couldn't find stats on it but I suspect that it's a very small percentage.

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Response to john262 (Reply #9)

Wed May 20, 2015, 07:22 PM

10. Walmart hires IT professionals, electricians, truck drivers, etc.

Not exactly minimum, or even low-wage, positions.

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Response to .30M1 (Reply #10)

Wed May 20, 2015, 07:27 PM

11. But most people with skills like that can get a job elsewhere and don't have to work for

Walmart. I am more concerned with the way that Walmart exploits unskilled workers.

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Response to john262 (Reply #11)

Wed May 20, 2015, 07:32 PM

12. They can, but if Walmart is hiring and paying enough then they will work.

Work is better than no work.

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Response to john262 (Reply #1)

Wed May 20, 2015, 07:06 PM

6. You realize that slaves ...

.. don't actually receive wages, right?

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Response to fncceo (Reply #6)

Wed May 20, 2015, 07:11 PM

7. As I already said upthread, "slave wages" is a figure of speech.

Nobody is suggesting that they won't get paid a wage. It's just that it's a low wage and certainly our veterans deserve better than that.

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Response to john262 (Reply #7)

Wed May 20, 2015, 08:29 PM

13. That would depend on the veteran's skill set...

... a veteran deserves recognition of their applicable military experience and training.

No one deserves a job for which they are unqualified nor a wage greater than that of those doing the same job either equivalent skills and experience.

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Response to john262 (Reply #7)

Wed May 20, 2015, 10:03 PM

14. It's just to deflect from your point.

Which I agree with whole heartedly. Our returning vets should return to better paying jobs. Pure and simple. I'd hazard a guess that the majority of them will be hired as minimum wage employees such as cashiers or door greeters. There is nothing wrong with these jobs. But I'd prefer our vets (my brothers & sisters) take top choice opportunities at state & federal jobs. And yes, I'm being totally biased. We placed ourselves at the forefront of American service. Hows about a lil love in return..?

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Response to Gamle-ged (Original post)

Thu May 21, 2015, 05:09 AM

15. The incentive for corporations to hire vets.


Tax Credits for Hiring Veterans


Receive a Tax Credit of up to $9600 for Every Eligible Veteran Hired


How can your organization claim a tax credit for hiring veterans?
On December 19, 2014, President Obama signed into law the Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014, which provides for the temporary extension of more than 50 tax breaks, most of which expired at the end of 2013. The bill is retroactive and covers the entire 2014 tax year. Included in these extenders is an extension of the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) tax credit, which expired on December 31, 2013. WOTC is now retroactively in place through 2014, for eligible veteran employees who begin work before January 1, 2015.

WOTC contains provisions for both the Returning Heroes Tax Credit, which provides incentives of up to $5,600 for hiring qualified unemployed veterans, and the Wounded Warriors Tax Credit, which provides credit for long-term unemployed veterans with service-connected disabilities to up to $9,600.

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