Heard on the radio today that Sears has a policy of maintaining active duty
and reserve service members jobs while they are serving our country. Not
only that, but they supplement their military pay to bring it to the level
of pay they were receiving as employees. Don't know about you all, but I'm
spending my money with Sears for as much as I can. I think that is a very
admirable policy and should be supported. Our military needs as much
support as they can get as far as I'm concerned. I applaud Sears for their
Any company is required by law to keep their job available for them. There
are a few companies like sears that will make up the difference in pay and
I know of one company that still pays their employees their full pay so the
employees get two paychecks while in service.
I had a boss, 2900 miles away from my office, who could be a 'challenge' at
times, but the 6 hour flight, and the fact that HIS boss was right down the
hall from me made it a little more manageable. ;-)
However, when one of our guys 'disappeared to Afghanistan' on reserve duty,
right after 9/11, this 'challenging boss' took almost a year to let HR know
that he was off, serving the country. Paid him his group bonuses and
everything. "Screw the rules. Do the right thing."
I came to appreciate that boss a lot more thereafter.
Yes, this is a very admirable thing that they don't have to do. Be sure and
let them know that is why you are shopping there so they will be more likely
to continue the policy. Perhaps more employers will follow suit.
We went around with this a few weeks ago (here on the 'wreck').
I always liked Sears - not so much for their own brand of power tools,
but for the way they run their business.
When I walk into a Sears store, I feel real "comfortable"
about it - if that makes any sense. 40+ years of buying their
appliances (and other stuff) - and the few complaints
were addressed promptly.
A good company to deal with.
Marketing is marketing is marketing...except in a very few, very specific
instances, among which Lee Valley shines. But they have advantages no
corporation of Sears or WalMart's size has had for many decades: small, family
run, pride in both product and presentation. I very much doubt you'll ever see
a non-family owned billion buck corporation working that way.
"Ambition is a poor excuse for not having sense enough to be lazy."
Edgar Bergen, (Charlie McCarthy)
Exactly. Actually some one will always find something to complain about and
not even LeeValley is exempt. If you will recall, a troll was here a few
weeks ago and condemned Lee Valley because of the difference in what
Canadians are charged vs. those in the U.S.
I agree however that Lee Valley is way up on the honorable list.
I don't know of any other business who's been hauled off to court for false
and deceptive advertising more often than Sears. It's just not an isolated
incidence or two. Seems like it's ingrained in their business philosophy.
Maybe it's in their corporate mission statement too.
A good part of the reason for that is that they are such a prime target -
big, lots of advertising, somewhat subject to the discrepancies of the
manufacturers who they contract with, all of which makes them a tasty morsel
for the greed gods that look for targets like this.
That they are. I went in last Thursday with my tape measure from work
to see if they'd exchange it, and they took it no questions asked. I
didn't buy the thing in the first place, all the numbers were worn
off, and the case had been crushed by being left in the path of an
opening vise. All they asked me was how long it was (didn't have a
label, either) and handed me a replacement one from under the counter.
Now if only they had some of the hand tools I want, it'd be a great
store- but it seems like everything is pretty much geared to mechanics
and diy home-improvement types. Not much in the way of specialty ww
So do some others.
However, let's think about some facts. The majority of retail jobs,
like many of those at Sears, are McJobs. How much pay matching do
they really have to do?
The company I work for employs highly paid, skilled, unionized
technicians. The guys who work for me typically make more than double
what they made after 20 years of active duty technical work in the Air
Force or Navy. In this case, the match is expensive, but it's also a
bargained for contract item. I doubt the company would match if it
wasn't in the contract. Position protection is totally different and
has some legal protections.
It's interesting that this always seems to come out at holiday
shopping time. Was Paul (the undercover shill) Harvey "reporting" the
I maybe opening a Pandora's box with this question, but since I live in
Canada, I'm not knowledgeable about this.
I was under the impression that when people were called to duty, it was the
law that their jobs and positions had to be maintained? Is this not so? Or,
does the reality of the situation find a way to ignore the law (if there is
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