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  • Writer's pictureGabby Hernandez

Retail Workers Mad Their Hours are Getting Cut

Ever since the holidays ended, retail stores such as Target and Walmart all over the world have been cutting the amount of hours an employee gets a week. For example, employees go from working 40 hours a week to only about 16 hours or even less. Because of this, employees are enraged and complaining that they want more hours. Many employees working in retail live off their paycheck which means if they don't get paid the amount they usually get, fears start coming their way. They won’t be able to afford rent or even food, especially those who support a family of 3 or more. Not only does this admit fear but as well gives them stress as now they have to pick up a second job to get those hours that were cut back.

Managers and HR explain that the reason hours are being cut is because of payroll. The real question is, how do these big companies make billions of dollars yet can’t afford payroll. The main thing that makes people extremely mad is that even though they aren't giving their employees who have worked for months or even years the hours they should normally give, they are still hiring. How are they going to cut employees hours and blame it on payroll yet hire new people?

I have recently seen this a lot in Target. For example, Target has cut many of their employees' hours yet complain that they don't have enough people working. Not only does it affect the store but it is also affecting the customers. There are many days where there is a “big rush” (when many people come in and buy things at the same time) and there are huge lines at the registers. Customers are complaining left and right and honestly, I do too. I am a patient person so I usually don't mind the wait but when it comes to a “big rush”, especially on a Sunday at 4:00 pm, I start getting mad because not only is there a huge line but there are only TWO registers open. Come on Target, do better. This needs to change and soon, if not now then hopefully next year.

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Dr Sky
Dr Sky
May 28, 2023

I work at a Jack in the box, I have been working there for quite a few months. They've given me some 8 hour shifts, some 7 hour shifts. All of a sudden reduced my hours to like a couple 7 hour shifts and 6 hour shifts. It's frustrating because living in these days aren't easy with tax being involved with everything. I'm having thoughts of quiting but also don't want too at the same time because finding a job is also hard. The sad part about it is even if They've had employees working there longer than I have, They've called out a lot, whether for legit reason or they just don't want to work a day. I've never…


May 21, 2023

I'm going through this right now. I work two retail jobs. One as a manager and one as stock associate. Between the two jobs I'm BARELY cracking 20 hours per week and both of these companies are multi-billion dollar earners. It's beyond infuriating. And as you said, we are told there is no money for hours, yet they are constantly hiring more people and opening up more stores.

At the job where I'm a manager they cut manager bonuses because (some how) there just wasn't enough money, and then they opened a brand new store right down the street from us. The particular store I'm at is the top earner in the district and yet our hours are getting lower…

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