Domino 21, you are a slightly off on your figures there.
While most employees are guaranteed 24 hours per week, some are only guaranteed 16. The "buy in" as you state is is actually less (even the top buy in is less) and varies by what position you are (Courtesy Clerks pay less than GM Clerks). The monthly dues also vary by position as well.
Full-time employees are few, but they also are expected to carry a lot more responsibility than the part-time employees.
You also failed to note the benefits which are fully paid by Safeway. Those are on top of the wages paid and include medical, dental, vision and retirement.
So again, you can't stack Safeway into the same boat as Walmart. They just aren't the same kind of retailer.
PS - I also collected some unemployment during the first few months of working for Safeway. We do what we gotta do to survive.
Domino 21, I'm confused by your statement adding Safeway to the same category as Walmart. The union is what protects the employees of Safeway. The union ensures a higher rate of pay, guaranteed hours and benefits not offered by other grocery/big box/retail stores. As far as I know Walmart does not offer any benefits and pays minimum wage.
This "article" was terribly hard to follow. Please, do some editing BEFORE publishing rubbish like this.
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