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Please TELL WALMART: STOP SELLING CRICKET GUNS FOR/TO YOUNG CHILDREN


 

By Jueseppi B.

THIS should scare the fuck out of you.

THIS should scare the fuck out of you.

 

Walmart, the American multinational retail giant, currently sells Crickett Firearms, a line of rifles that are marketed to very young children under the tagline “My First Rifle.” These weapons often look like toys, coming in colors like pink and orange.

 

A new study shows that 20 children and teens are hospitalized every day for gun injuries in the United States. Nearly 2,700 children and teens died from gun-related injuries in 2010. U.S. children and teens are 17 times more likely to die from a gun than their peers in 25 other high-income countries combined.

 

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has made it clear that “the safest home for children is one without a gun.” According to a past president of the AAP, “Firearm injuries are often fatal—there are few second chances. Young children are curious, and are often unable to remember or follow safety rules. Older children and teens naturally tend to be moody and impulsive. When you combine these traits with access to guns, the consequences can be tragic and permanent.”

 

As the second largest public corporation in the world, Walmart says “we’re proud of what we’ve accomplished so far on our journey to become a more…responsible business.” But responsible businesses do not market weapons to young children, particularly in a country where children suffer such a high rate of gun death.

 

Tell Walmart: Stop selling Crickett Firearms at your stores immediately.

 

TELL WALMART:

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The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence seeks to secure freedom from gun violence through research, strategic engagement and effective policy advocacy.

 

  1. Walmart online catalog of Crickett Firearms
  2. Crickett Firearms website
  3. Study: 20 Young People a Day Hospitalized for Gun Injuries,” USA Today, January 27, 2014
  4. Protect Children, Not Guns,” Children’s Defense Fund, 2013
  5. How Pediatricians Can Advocate for Children’s Safety in their Communities,” American Academy of Pediatrics website
  6. American Academy of Pediatrics Renews Commitment to Preventing Gun Injuries in Children,” Press Release, October 18, 2012
  7. Walmart Global Responsibility Report, 2013

 

 

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Staples You Suck: Printed Copy Of Petition To Be Delivered To Staples Corporate Today!


 

By Jueseppi B.

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Printed copy of Petition to be Delivered to Staples Corporate Today!

 

By Sue Whistleblower

 

This is it! The day where all our hard work pays off! A 10 lb box of printed signatures was sent to Staples Corporate Headquarters and is scheduled to be delivered today!

 

If Staples doesn’t respond within a week, I would like to schedule a Call-In to the Office of the President on Monday February 3rd.

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Thanks again for your continued support!
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The following letter was included with the petition signatures:
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Sue Whistleblower
1660 Soldiers Field Road
Brighton, MA 02135
January 18, 2014
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Ron Sargent
Chief Executive Officer
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500 Staples Drive
Framingham, MA 01702
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Dear Ron Sargent:
I am a part-time employee of your company, Staples. I have served Staples faithfully for many years, and have earned your company far more income than you have paid me over that time. On January 4th, 2014, a policy was enacted at your retail stores that limited part-time employees to 25 hours a week. I have worked over 25 hours a week for the entirety of my employment at your company, as have a vast majority of your part-time staff. I inquired about the reason of the policy up the chain of command, and was not given a straight answer at every level.
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It is for this reason, that we the part-time employees of Staples, hereby petition your company for the following actions:
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1. Amend your policy to at least 35 hours a week for part-time employees or abolish said policy.
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2. If there are reasons this cannot be done, Staples is to make an honest and truthful public statement as to why.
You are probably wondering under what authority we as employees have the right to demand such changes from the CEO of a company. As Customer Service Representatives, it is not only our duty to represent the company to the customer, it is also our duty to represent the customer to the company. Enclosed is a printed copy of over 200,000 signatures of people who disagree with your current actions and demand you change your policy. Most of them are your customers and have pledged not to shop at your stores until you take corrective action.
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We know that thousands of other companies have been enacting similar policies for one reason, the Affordable Health Care Act. We also know that the medical insurance you currently offer through Aetna does not meet the minimum standards of the law. The ACA states that any employee working over 30 hours a week is entitled to health insurance, or the company faces steep fines. We understand that paying those fines would be an unacceptable cost to your corporation. However, we encourage Staples to be more open as to why this company is enacting such changes. If complying with the law would cost Staples hundreds of millions of dollars, then speak out!
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If you truly need to enact such policies to avoid hefty fees, and to give you time to research ways to comply with the law that meet the needs of both the company and its employees, then please make this known in a public statement!
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We also hereby inform you that we will use all lawful means to petition your company until we receive an answer, and that this letter will be distributed to all petition signers.
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Sincerely,
Sue Whistleblower
Petition Executor
Enclosed: 201,751 petition signatures from Change.org
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Twas The Night Before Christmas & ALL Through Staples….Employees Get Their Hours Cut To Avoid ObamaCARES.


 

By Jueseppi B.

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On December 6th of 2013 I wrote this…. “Tis The Holiday Season” At Wal-Mart, a Wal-Mart employees mom’s account of an incident at her son’s Wal-Mart store. Now come a similar store about Staples.

 

The Petition: “Staples: Don’t Cut Part-Time Hours Because of Obamacare!.” 

 

My name is “Sue,” and I work at Staples. I can’t tell you my full name because I’m afraid I’ll lose my job for what I’m about to tell you: Staples recently decided to cut part-time employees’ hours just so they won’t have to provide health care benefits under Obamacare.

 

Staples is taking advantage of a loophole in the health care law that says employers don’t have to provide coverage for employees who work less than 30 hours a week. Staples also told managers to hire more part time workers if they need people to cover the schedule.

 

Cutting employees’ hours just to avoid paying for health care is not right. I can’t afford to make less money than I do now without taking on another job. That’s why I started a petition on Change.org asking Staples to not cut part-time employees’ hours and comply with Obamacare. Will you join me by signing my petition?

 

I’ve worked as an Easy-Tech Representative for 9 years now, selling thousands of computers, protection plans, and services. I typically work 30-35 hours in a week, so when I was told that my hours would be cut, I was heartbroken. I recently got married and we have a baby on the way — 25 hours a week is not enough to make ends meet, let alone start a family.

 

Staples doesn’t want to provide health care to its employees — but there is hope. Other chain employers such as Darden Restaurants (owners of Olive Garden and Red Lobster) reversed similar cuts after intense public pressure. And other corporations like Starbucks have pledged not to reduce part time hours.

 

By signing my petition, you’ll be amplifying the voices of thousands of Staples employees across the country who are afraid to speak out and can’t afford to have their hours cut. Click here to sign my petition demanding Staples follow the law and provide health care instead of cutting part-time employees’ hours.

 

Thank you for your support.

“Sue” Whistleblower

 

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Sue’s Petition:

 

Staples: Don’t Cut Part-Time Hours Because of Obamacare!

 

I am writing this petition as an anonymous person, as I fear my employer will persecute me if they knew my identity. My trust in the company I work for has been shaken, as they have enacted a new policy to reduce our hours, and I believe they are not telling the whole truth as to why.

 

I have worked as an Easy-Tech Representative at Staples, sold countless thousands of computers, protection plans, and services, and have made Staples far more money than they have paid me. I typically work 30-35 hours in a week, and have so for about 9 years now. I enjoy working at Staples, and the staff at my store have come to depend on me. I love my job. I recently got married, and am pregnant with my first child.

 

However, in mid-December, the company announced to the staff at my store: A new policy of limiting ALL part-time workers to 25 hours a week – with NO exceptions — for reasons of “Scheduling Flexibility”.

 

This left me heartbroken, as I knew 25 hours a week wouldn’t let me make ends meet, let alone have enough to start a family!I questioned my co-workers as to why they would make such a drastic change. Even the General Manager couldn’t get a straight answer out of the upper management. So I decided to do a little digging, and with the help of the internet, I came across what appears to be the answer: The Affordable Healthcare Act aka “Obamacare.”

 

I read about how countless other companies were slashing part-time hours to use a loophole in the law: You don’t have to pay for healthcare if your employees don’t work more than 30 hours a week. I also learned that the Aetna medical insurance plan that Staples provided didn’t count, as it didn’t provide enough coverage to meet the minimums.

 

I was stunned. The TRUE reason was obvious: Staples didn’t want to follow the law and provide better heathcare to its employees. Instead, its giving its part-time workers a de facto pay cut and saving money by using a loophole.

 

However, there is hope. Other major employers such as Darden Restaurants (owners of Olive Garden and Red Lobster) rescinded similar cuts after intense pressure. Congress has also delayed the requirement until 2015, giving Congress time to sort things out. Corporations such as Starbucks and H-E-B have pledged NOT to reduce part time hours.

 

Will you join me in asking Staples to join companies like Starbucks and H-E-B to pledge NOT the cut part time employees’ hours? 

 

To:
Ron Sargent, CEO of Staples
Don’t Cut Part-Time Hours Because of Obamacare! Join Starbucks and H-E-B in pledging not to cut hours!

Sincerely,
[Your name]

 

Sign this petition

 

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I received many comments on my Wal-Mart post alerting me that I only posted/reported one side of that story. So here’s a solution to that lie….if you have opposing information or facts to this Staples post or the Wal-Mart post, and when I say facts, thats exactly what I mean, then send that opposite side of the big box story to me, and I’ll post them.

 

Otherwise, miss me with your bull shit.

 

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“Tis The Holiday Season” At Wal-Mart


 

By Jueseppi B.

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What Walmart did to my son

 

My son Kyle is a single dad who works incredibly hard to support his two children, who are 6 and 2. He doesn’t have a car, so he walks two miles every day to his job at Walmart so he can take care of his kids.

 

But last week, two days before Thanksgiving, Walmart fired Kyle — just for approving a price match on a turkey for an elderly customer. 

 

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Here’s what happened: a customer came in and showed the cashier a lower price for a turkey from a competing retailer. As the customer service manager, my son authorized the cashier to match the competitor’s price. Three days later, Kyle’s manager told him he was fired because the turkey didn’t appear on the customer’s receipt at all, which is ridiculous, because it’s the cashier’s job to ring up customers, not Kyle’s!

 

Let me repeat that:

On Tuesday, November 26th, 2013 — just two days before Thanksgiving — my son, Kyle Jaglal, was fired from a Walmart store in Frankfort, Kentucky for price matching a turkey for an elderly customer who had an advertisement in hand. He broke no rules and adhered to Walmart’s price matching policy.

 

Kyle had been working at Walmart for about six months as a Customer Service Manager (CSM). On the Saturday before Thanksgiving, Kyle approved the price match for the elderly customer who was purchasing a turkey — a popular policy Walmart proudly advertises frequently. But on the following Tuesday, he was called to the back of the store by the manager and questioned about the turkey. As a customer service manager, Kyle’s job was to authorize or decline a price match. He authorized it and it was the cashier who rang up the sale. The manager said the turkey was not on the receipt. As it’s the cashiers job to conduct the sale, it doesn’t make sense that Kyle would be held responsible if she did not put the turkey on the receipt. But that’s exactly what happened. Kyle was immediately terminated just two days before Thanksgiving and told to turn in his badge.

 

Kyle was well-liked by customers and co-workers and passed his customer service test with flying colors. I would hate to think that he was fired because of his race (he’s one of only a handful of people of color who work at this Walmart location) or in retaliation for registering his concerns about a month earlier about bias and unfair treatment from another manager.

 

My son should not have been fired, and I’m not going to stand by while Walmart robs him of his ability to support his kids. Please click here to sign my Change.org petition demanding that Walmart give Kyle his job back.

 

Kyle lives in rural Kentucky, and he doesn’t have a lot of job options. He worked his way up to be a customer service manager at his local Walmart because he really needs that job to support his family. Kyle did not deserve to be fired, and his kids sure didn’t deserve to have their dad lose his job right at the start of the holidays.

 

Walmart has been publicly advertising its price match policy all through the holiday season, so I don’t understand why my son would get fired just for upholding the store’s own policy!

 

Please sign my petition to ask Walmart to give Kyle his job back. He is a single father of two young children and he walked the two miles to work and back every day in rain, snow or sleet and even 20 degree weather. He loved his job and he loved helping the people at Walmart.

 

Please sign my petition to get my son Kyle’s job back.

 

Thank you,

Caroline Wilson
Tampa, FL

 

Tell Walmart to rehire my son, Kyle Jagal, who was fired just because he approved a price match on a turkey for an elderly customer.

 

Walmart: Rehire employee fired for price matching turkey for elderly customer two days before Thanksgiving.

 

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Today 1,500 “Black Friday” Protests Against Walmart, Organized By Making Change At Walmart.


 

By Jueseppi B.

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Today, more than 1,500 Black Friday protests against Walmart — organized by our friends at Making Change at Walmart — are being waged by workers and shoppers who have had enough.

 

We recently told you about how Walmart is asking its barely-getting-by employees to provide food to its homeless and hungry employees. We were outraged by it, and so were you. You overwhelmed us with your support for raising the minimum wage. You demanded we support all workers and fight for a living wage that’s more than $10 an hour too. And you wanted us to take on other corporations that leave their employees in poverty.

 

So I wanted to make sure you know: for us, this isn’t just about Walmart. And it isn’t just about one piece of legislation. It is about fighting to protect and regain all of the basic rights and services that created the American middle class — starting with wages that workers can survive on.

 

We know that income inequality in this country is unsustainable, and we want to be at the forefront of the movement to raise the minimum wage every single chance we get.

 

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Outraged at income inequality in America? Then help us fight it by contributing $5 now to fuel our campaign to raise the minimum wage and force corporate America to do right by their workers.

 

Our minimum wage problem isn’t just unfortunate, it’s causing a crisis. There are more than 47 million working people in this country whose income still falls below the poverty line. These people want to work hard to provide for themselves and their families. They want the American dream. Instead, they are going to bed hungry. Or choosing between getting their prescriptions filled and keeping the lights on.

 

We can’t — and we won’t — accept poverty wages any longer. Raising the minimum wage is too important to let live or die by the fate of one bill or the whims of one house of Congress. It’s a battle we have to take to every corner of this country — to every state, to every city, and to every corporation that would rather spend its fortunes playing tricks on Wall Street than paying fair wages on Main Street.

 

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We want to call out corporations that mistreat their employees. When Missouri, Alaska and other states vote on raising the minimum wage in 2014, we want to be there to make sure those referendums pass. And next year we want to help elect a wave of progressive politicians at every level of government who care more about the people they are elected to serve than the donors who paid for their campaign ads.

 

But we can’t do any of these things without your support. Chip in $5 now, and help us grow this campaign so we can challenge corporate power everywhere and finally get working Americans the wages they deserve.

 

Thank you for everything you do. Working together, we’re unstoppable.

- Charles

Charles Chamberlain
Executive Director, Democracy for America

 

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