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  •  Meijer stores in Michigan are just like Walmart. (6+ / 0-)

    Meijer also pays low wages, is anti-union (only some of its employees can belong to unions), minimal benefits, and relies on part-time workers so they don't have to pay benefits.

    Walmart actually copied the hypermarket or supercenter concept, combining groceries and department store goods, from Meijer. Meijer began his grocery stores in 1934.

    People in the west Michigan area think that Meijer is a step above Walmart, but it isn't since Fred Meijer died. Some blame his sons who are trying to compete with Walmart. Meijer stores operate under the same low-wage business model and treat their employees just as poorly.

    How do I know?  My husband is a greeter at one of the Grand Rapids area Meijer stores and his manager goes to our church. There has been a huge amount of hiring in the past month - hiring of PART-TIME employees - who are limited to a total of 24 hours weekly. Employees are scheduled at a hodge-podge of days and hours that are so irregular that it is hard to plan appointments or other activities. Older full-time workers are allowed to keep their full time jobs. It isn't clear what will happen when they quit or retire.

    After my husband worked for Meijer for one year, which he began at minimum wage, he got a 10 cent an hour raise. Really. As a greeter he is not allowed to join the union, nor does he get paid sick days. Employees are frequently written up for minor infractions such as the time my husband called his boss to report he would not be at work due to a blizzard. He was scheduled to work the overnight shift and wasn't sure he could get there, let along get back home after work. Who shops in a blizzard and needs a greeter at one in the morning anyway? My husband was "written up" and this stayed in his file for 6 months. He was also written up when he was admitted to the hospital for blood clots in his leg.

    By the way, I don't shop at either Walmart or Meijer.

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    by 50sbaby on Sun Jun 23, 2013 at 08:09:15 PM PDT

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