Workers at Walmart go on a strike
June 5 , 2014
Workers at WalMart are striking because of low wages and sporadic schedules, among other problems.
"That is not a wage that can support a family, even though many women in retail are trying to do that," senior policy analyst Amy Traub said, noting that the average woman makes $10.58 an hour while working in retail.
"Over the last decade, we have seen the increase in the use of a practice called just-in-time scheduling," she said. "Retailers use software and measures of consumer demand to match employees' hours to the projected need of labor on a daily, or even hourly basis. The software is not the enemy here, but it facilitates the practice of not giving workers set schedules, of letting their hours - and therefore their incomes - fluctuate week by week."