Reuters reports that about 200 Walmart workers have been laid off due to a reduction or elimination of evening and weekend shifts
A Reuters report says Walmart is asking hundreds of workers at five U.S. facilities – mostly e-commerce fulfillment workers – to find jobs at other Walmart locations within 90 days.
A reduction or elimination of evening and weekend shifts led to the layoffs of 200 workers in Pedricktown, New Jersey, and hundreds more in Fort Worth, Texas, Chino, California, Davenport, Florida, and Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
According to a Walmart spokesperson:
Customer demand is increasing, so we’re responding swiftly by expanding our network of stores and fulfillment centers. With this in mind, we made the difficult decision to adjust staffing levels at select fulfillment centers, while offering affected associates the opportunity to explore alternative positions available at other Walmart locations. This will ensure that online customers can get what they need, when and how they want it.
Furthermore, the spokesperson confirmed that impacted workers would be paid for 90 days to find work at new facilities, including those in Joliet, Illinois, and Lancaster, Texas, where the company has opened new high-tech e-commerce distribution centers.
According to Reuters, workers being laid off at the five fulfillment centers will be eligible to apply for jobs at Walmart’s 5,000 U.S. stores.
The company employs about 1.7 million U.S. workers, making it the largest private employer in the country.