These are some collective complaints that I have heard in my travels around a few different stores. I do not think that aside from a right to collective bargaining, that these are unreasonable demands.
1. Adequate coverage so that we do not have the responibility of covering multiple departments.
2. A responsive zone management that answers our calls and questions instead of pretending to care about customer and employee interests. Stop using us for your personal gain!!!
3. Adequate and promised hours for all part-time employees.
4. The right to receive our promised one weekend off per month.
5. Zone management must fulfill their duties. This includes manning the cash registers during a code 3. Yes, according to headquarters, management is also required to do this. However, they do not understand that their bellowing into the speakers is futile, as we are helping four customers from five departments.
6. Employees: Remain resolute and demand your 90-day review and raise.
7. No more empty promises. We want complete info on future hours, wages, and benefits.
8. Did you realize that if you made $20,000 this year that it would only take you 448 years to reach the CEO Bob Tillmans pay of 8.9 million? That $15 gift card for Christmas was impressive, wasnt it?
9. Specialists: Fight Chinese overtime. You take the brunt of the inequalities, as you endure 48 hours a week. How do you have time for your loved ones and personal lives?
A Brighter Future:
In order for workers to organize, the workers of Lowes must recognize our inherent strengths and weaknesses. Firstly, we must acknowledge that as retail associates that the system has been constructed in a way that allows for the easy dismissal of incendiary employees. This is a constant plague of organizing employees. However, if we can join with our comrades in the transportation and distribution sectors, we stand a great change to have our demands heard. By infecting the corporate, distribution, and retailing structure of the organization with unionized labor, Lowes would have little choice but to begin bending to the desires of its workers. Although many do not support the unions, I think our demands are simple. It is not wrong to seek collective bargaining power when issues such as our family lives, futures, and health's are at stake. Rejoice in the idea of a democratic process and maybe then many will find that their path to economic freedom is through the employees and not the propaganda of management.
Commentary of Upstate New York Employees:I f
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I feel that the time has begun for the workers here at LOWES to begin to address their grievances and claims. As evidenced by the actions of management and the environment that we work in, we must realize that many promises have not been fulfilled. I argue that you, the strength and solid members of this community, have many of the cards. It is you who have labored and produced all your lives. Many of you once held proud manufacturing and skilled positions, yet you are all now reduced to the monotony and hopelessness of retail. Remember it was you, through your labors, innovation and time, who powered our nations computer and defense industry. That legacy and experience is what is truly worthy of pride. You have already proven your worth and this corporation does not have the right subject you to scientific management practices and exploitation. The reward for your labor is poor pay and your eventual replacement with younger and cheaper labor. who have labored and produced all your lives. Many of you once held proud manufacturing and skilled positions, yet you are now reduced to the monotony and hopelessness of retail. Remember it was you who powered our nations computers and defense. That is worthy of pride. You have already proven your worth and this corporation does not have the right to tread on you. The reward for your labor is poor pay and your eventual replacement with younger and cheaper labor. We demand and argue