(Crain’s) — The new Wal-Mart Stores Inc. location opening Friday in suburban Evergreen Park received a record 25,000 applications for 325 positions, the highest for any one location in the retailer’s history, a company official says.
Despite the fact the company says these numbers underscore demand for Wal–Mart jobs in the community, critics wonder how many of these positions are lower–paying part–time work.
The only other site that’s come close to the number of applications is a store in Oakland, California that received 11,000 applications for about the same number of positions last year.
Wal-Mart’s Chicago-area manager Chad Donath said generally stores receive between 3,000 and 4,000 applications for about 300 to 450 positions. He says Wal-Mart has been participating in job fairs and advertising the positions as it does in other communities but this time “we got an amazing response.”
Twentyfive thousand applicants. Clearly, some people value Wal-Mart jobs despite the opinions of some critics. And I have to wonder about the criticism expressed in the article. Even if the 325 positions really are low-paying or part-time positions, where do you think those 325 people were working before? I’m guessing that they all didn’t leave better jobs to go to work at Wal-Mart. Most of them probably had lower paying jobs. Or maybe even no jobs at all.
The point is, I can hardly see the point in criticizing a store that just brought hundreds of new jobs to a community where at least 25,000 people (and probably more) need work, low-paying, part-time job or not.
I have also heard, from someone in a position to know, that Wal-Mart will soon be announcing that they’ve added over 20,000 new jobs to the U.S. During a time when companies like Ford and GMC are laying off tens of thousands of workers at a time – mostly due to the fact that they can no longer afford to pay for the health benefits these employees require – Wal-Mart is adding jobs.
Kinda makes you think that Wal-Mart should keep rejecting all those union demands for higher wages and more benefits.
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