Tuesday, February 10, 2009

The Morning News reports that Walmart begins laying off 700 home-office employees

The Morning News

Local News for Northwest Arkansas

Layoffs Begin At Wal-Mart

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., began laying off 700 employees at Wal-Mart and Sam's Club home offices this morning.
Ed Clifford, president of the Bentonville/Bella Vista Chamber of Commerce, said he began hearing of the layoffs about 9:30 a.m. today. He said the effect of the action will be widespread across Northwest Arkansas.
A person who lost her job today as a recruiting coordinator for Wal-Mart told The Morning News that she was called into a meeting at 8:30 a.m. with a group of other people from her department and was told that they were among 700 people being laid off.
Those being laid off were given packets with information about severance arrangements and escorted from the building, she said. They will be allowed to come back after hours to retrieve personal belongings and clean out their desks, she added.
"You could tell who was leaving because we all had our folders with us," she said. "It was very quiet."
Messages seeking comment have not yet been returned from Wal-Mart.


Anonymous said...

More than ice has hit the fan!

Anonymous said...

My wife works there. She hasn't called and doesn't answer at home. I am hoping she is still at work but don't want call her there.

Oct3 said...

Wal-Mart Stores began laying-off employees. This is a surprise to me. I thought they were doing very good!!! I actually was planning to buy their stock. Something to think about. In any case, I just came across a very helpful website on the current economic downturn and employment: http://www.recessioninfocenter.com