Dollar General to hire 10,000 employees in May
Goodlettsville, Tenn. — To support its strong growth and fill current vacancies, Dollar General is planning to hire 10,000 employees in May for its store and distribution center locations. Career fairs to recruit candidates will be held throughout the month in the 40 states the company serves.
“Dollar General is seeking to hire people with the attitude, aptitude and ambition to build a career with us and support our mission of Serving Others,” said Rick Dreiling, Dollar General’s chairman and CEO. “With growth and development opportunities, industry-recognized training programs and a culture of helping our employees grow and develop their skills, this national hiring initiative is a great opportunity for people to join the Dollar General team and to grow with us as we continue to strengthen and expand our business across America.”
On Saturday, May 18, Dollar General will host a national hiring fair at approximately 170 locations for available store employment opportunities in the 40 states it serves. Hiring fairs at the company’s distribution centers will be held throughout the month.
J.C. Penney asks customers to come back in its new ad
New York — J.C. Penney Co. on Wednesday unveiled an advertisement on Facebook that asks customers to return to its stores. The ad will air Wednesday and Thursday on national television, as well as on Penney’s social media platforms.
The retailer posted a 30-second ad on Facebook called “We Are Listening.” The spot blends nostalgic images of Penney stores from the 1960s and family scenes. A female narrator acknowledges that the retailer recently made some changes, some of which “you liked and some you didn’t.” The voice-over continues with, "What matters with mistakes is what we learn. We learned a very simple thing – to listen to you."
The ad ends with: "Come back to J.C. Penney – we heard you. Now we’d love to see you."
The video also appeared on Penney’s YouTube channel.
Meanwhile, the retailer took to Twitter to ask shoppers to comment about the recent changes, what they liked and what they didn’t. The company created the hashtag #jcplistens.
View the ad here:
Union derides Target as ‘Walmart junior’ following NLRB ruling
The United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 1500 representing the greater New York area claimed victory over Target this week and offered some harsh words following a ruling by the National Labor Relations Board.
What got the UFCW excited was a ruling by the NLRB that affirmed an administrative law judge’s decision of May 2012, which ordered a new union election be held at Target’s store in Valley Stream, New York. Target was also ordered to halt activities that voided the first union election directedTarget to modify all existing and future employee handbooks throughout the country and remove all wording that the NLRB found violated federal labor law.
"This is an overwhelming victory for Target workers not just in the Valley Stream Target but throughout the United States," said Bruce W. Both, president of UFCW local 1500. "It is especially satisfying that the decision be announced as workers around the world today are celebrating May Day and sending the message that working men and women will fight every day, for as long as it takes until irresponsible corporations like Target respect our nation’s laws, the laws of other nations and the rights of their workers to form and join a Union."
According to a UFCW press release, the NLRB ruling upheld a May 18th, 2012 administrative law judge’s decision that Target maintained illegal no-solicitation policies, threatened employees with closure of the Valley Stream store should they vote for the union, created an impression of illegal surveillance, conducted coercive employee interrogations and threatened employees with discipline for supporting the union.
"It was shocking to all of us involved that this once proud company would get in the gutter with the Walmart’s of the world and prove to be no better when it comes to responsible treatment of their employees and their respect for federal law," said Aly Waddy, director of special projects for UFCW Local 1500.
Waddy went on to add that Target’s business model is based on suppression of workers’ rights and public deception about employee treatment and that the union would continue to shine its brightest light on a company it characterized as having increasingly dark business practices. Typically, such harsh statements from the UFCW are reserved for Walmart, whereas Target is a more recent target.