Sam’s Club employees say they were shocked to learn layoffs

Sam’s Club employees say they were shocked to learn

Sam’s Club stores in the U.S. Thursday morning. The Sam’s Club in New Caney was among those closed.
Sam’s Club stores in the U.S. Thursday morning. The Sam’s Club in New Caney was among those closed.
Photo: Vanesa Brashier

Sam’s Club employees say they were shocked to learn of layoffs

Employees at the New Caney’s Sam’s Club, located at 22296 Market Place in the Ranch Valley Town Center, said they were shocked on Thursday morning.

Maintenance worker Miguel Betancourt, 19, says he was hired on Wednesday.

“I’m not blaming the store management.” “They’re doing it,” they said. “You’re done,” Betancourt said.

Betancourt questions why Walmart, the parent company of Sam’s Club, announced employee pay raises and bonuses on Thursday and closed 63 stores, cutting the jobs of 9,000 people in the U.S. and 450 in the Houston area. The two other Houston-area Clubs closing are located at 1615 South Loop East and 13331 Westheimer in the Eldridge Parking shopping center.

“During orientation, they do not care about integrity and I do not think it’s a good job.” I think it’s just that they have a company they do not have any integrity, “he said.

A marketing student at Lone Star College in Kingwood, Betancourt still lives with his parents and is more upset about his coworkers’ losses than his own.

“There have been a lot of people working in this area, but they are concerned about the situation,” he said.

Betancourt and other employees at the New Caney store who were willing to discuss the layoffs with the Observer say they were shocked the store was closed. Some learned they were ugly when they showed up for work. Others received a FedEx letter that contains information about the store closure.

“We are going to be paid by March 16, which is good, but it is going to create a real hardship on me if I do not find another job right away,” said Hastin Jamison, 19, of New Caney.

Working part-time in maintenance, Jamison earns about $ 530 every two weeks, which he says barely covered.

“I liked my job but I think I’m going to look for something else now.” said.

As Wendy Phelps, 44, is hoping she can land a new position at the new Walmart in New Caney or the one in Porter.

“My husband is not working right now because he’s in a car accident.” “There is really nothing to do with us but we do not have personal injury protection in our insurance policy, but we are determined to make it work.”

Even before the layoff, money was tight for the Phelps family.

“Since my husband has not been able to work, I’ve been paying half of the bills in one check and then the other half with the next check,” she said. “I just think it’s strange because they just built it and are now closing it.”

Walmart shifts focus to online

The store closings, says spokesperson Walmart Anne Hatfield, are part of the company’s new strategy to focus on online sales.

“This is all about positioning the company for growth in the future.In the first half of fiscal year 2018, online sales were up 27 percent.That’s where you shop,” Hatfield said. “But this is not about Clubs versus online sales.” It’s about striking the right balance.

Walmart currently has two ECommerce hubs in the U.S. – in Fort Worth, Texas, and Swedesboro, N.J. – supporting all of its online sales, according to Hatfield.

Walmart’s corporate leaders have determined another 12 hubs are needed to keep up with the online sales demand.

“We are looking to convert to a number of other places in the world.” We are in the process of identifying which of these locations will be best in Memphis, Tenn. others, “she said.

As for the way in which employees have been notified about the layoffs, Hatfield defended the corporation, saying there is never a good time to deliver bad news.

“We asked them to come to the store on Thursday morning so we could have a conversation with them and answer any questions they had.

New York, New York: Hatfield said some people may still qualify for Walmart’s new bonus system, which is based on length of service.

Full-time and part-time employees who have been with Walmart for 20-plus years qualify for a one-time bonus of $ 1,000.

Walmart also announced this week it was raising its starting hourly wage to $ 11, effective in the Feb. 17 pay cycle. The company also expanded its parenting and maternity leave policy, providing full-time parental leave, and additional financial assistance of up to $ 5,000 per child for any employee adopting a child. The money is applied to adoption agency fees, translation fees and legal expenses.

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