No holiday hiring for Walmart, just more hours for its workers – Sep. 20, 2017

The holidays are right around the corner, but Walmart won’t be hiring for help.

The retailer plans to meet its need for extra work during the holiday shopping season by giving existing employees more hours, according to a release from the company.

Hiring seasonal holiday help is a tradition in retail. Walmart (WMT) rival Target (TGT) has already announced plans to bring on 100,000 temporary holiday workers.

Walmart giving more holiday hours to employees, rather than hiring additional help.

Source: No holiday hiring for Walmart, just more hours for its workers – Sep. 20, 2017

A Pizza Hut told Irma-fleeing employees they could be punished for skipping shifts

A memo at one store told employees that they could not flee the hurricane more than 24 hours before it hit, or they could be disciplined at work.

A manager of one Pizza Hut in the path of Hurricane Irma threatened to discipline workers who evacuated for the storm outside of a designated time frame — and the brand has come under fire on social media for the “shameful” policy.

A photo began circulating on Twitter of a memo posted for employees in one Jacksonville Pizza Hut location, with an explicit list of instructions for employees.

Source: A Pizza Hut told Irma-fleeing employees they could be punished for skipping shifts

Pizza Hut wants its minimum wage employees to risk their lives for corporate profits. (@KatiSipp)

How West Virginia got to 3 percent GDP growth | TheHill

WV Governor switches to Republican Party

Three factors are working in West Virginia’s favor right now: a global infrastructure boom, the rising price of natural gas, and the legacy of a recession that hit the Mountaineer State harder than most.

While most industries struggled during the recession, the energy sector actually performed relatively well. States like West Virginia, Texas, North Dakota and Oklahoma experienced revenue booms as hydraulic fracturing boosted the supply of oil and natural gas.

And while other industries bled jobs at a furious pace, West Virginia actually added mining jobs through even the depths of the recession: 35,300 West Virginians were employed in the mining and logging industry — the broad sector measured by the Bureau of Labor Statistics — at its recent peak, in December 2011

Source: How West Virginia got to 3 percent GDP growth | TheHill

Thousands show up for jobs at Amazon warehouses in US cities

Thousands of people showed up Wednesday for a chance to pack and ship products to Amazon customers, as the e-commerce company held a giant job fair at nearly a dozen U.S. warehouses.

  • Many of the candidates were excited by the prospect of health insurance and other benefits, as well as advancement opportunities.
  • It’s common for Amazon to ramp up its shipping center staff in August to prepare for holiday shopping.
  • Most of the jobs are full-time positions in packing, sorting and shipping.

Source: Thousands show up for jobs at Amazon warehouses in US cities

NASA Is Hiring a New Planetary Protection Officer | Fortune.com

The role involves ensuring space missions don’t end up polluting pristine planetAccording to a job description posted on USA jobs, the new hire will focus on the “avoidance of organic-constituent and biological contamination in human and robotic space exploration.” In other words: ensuring space missions don’t end up polluting pristine planets and that extraterrestrial matter does not contaminate Earth.

Source: NASA Is Hiring a New Planetary Protection Officer | Fortune.com