Thread regarding Follett layoffs

Minimum Wage Increase for hourly

I live in the state of CT where we have had our minimum wage increase $1.00 per hour since 2019. My student employees that started as Freshman in 2019 at $11.00 per hour will now be making over $15. per hour for peak season rush since minimum wage is going up to $14.00 per hour but then they get the extra $1.00 peak pay for the month.
That is great for my hourly student employees. The problem-my ASM and Course Materials Manager, not to mention myself, have had no increase in many many years other than the 2% company wide that was given. 2% for a $15. per hour full time employee was $.30 cents. So in 5 years or so my full timers have .30 cent increase. Myself, same, 2%. I am not complaining about myself because it is my choice to stay or leave, but as a manager I am now about to lose staff, that are great, that are knowledgeable, trained. It isn't right that my adult staff is making close to the same as my student employees. My GVP has told me the home office is re-evaluation pay structions, but that was told to me over 6 months ago. What is going on? Good employees should not be forced to leave for this reason. Managers hands are tied since we can't give raises. This is horrible. My store meets budget, is profitable. We should not suffer over and over again because of the company as a whole.

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Post ID: @OP+1evksSqF

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I've been confused about the temp agency usage ever since Follett started using it. I don't understand how it makes financial sense. Maybe someone smarter than me needs to explain it, because I just don't get it. It's a waste of time, money, and resources. What's the upside?

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Post ID: @czag+1evksSqF

My ASM just saw Temps are being paid more than she is. Pi---d is a kind description of how she feels about it. I don't blame her. I don't understand the requirements of using a staffing agency, unless you have issues finding staff. We are spending so much time training that we could invest in hired employees, which we all need.

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Post ID: @agqg+1evksSqF

Really, the University president? Do you think it occurred to that person that THEY CHOSE to sign a contract with a company so poorly run that the highest skilled employee also has to do basic maintenance and cleaning.
I think it reflects poorly on the university, not you.

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Post ID: @8ihz+1evksSqF

My store is in a similar situation. I don't understand why we can't hire our temps as employees when we need bodies. Instead we just continue to pay them higher rates than our hired staff. The majority of my staff are students, can't find otherwise to work for what we pay, and students work 10hrs a week at most. I don't understand if I can have 4 pt at 20 hrs each the why I can't have 8 pt at 10 hrs each. Most ridiculous thing I have seen. I know stores in my region that are allowed 1 pt person. That makes great sense having your highest paid employee now doing the minimum wage job as a cashier. Not that a y task is below me, Ihave done them all, but our University President literally asked me "don't you have someone that can take out the trash?", as I was rolling our recycling to the dumpster.
In the morning I was at a faculty meeting, an hour later taking out the trash. It just doesn't make good business sense, there are other, more important , things I should be doing with my time. Days are long gone that I Stay til the work is done, never a second over 40 for me,not even during rush. Show me appreciation, I will return to the work ethic I always had, until then-I will not do above and beyond.

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Post ID: @8adl+1evksSqF

Looks the the home office pay structure isn't what each employee will make, it is how many employees you can have on your payroll. It will be very interesting on game days, Homecoming, Alumni weekends, etc. How it will work with the bodies we are allowed. I hope regional and gvp plan on working in stores, they are going to be needed to be hands on, that's if we ever see them to request their help. They are going to have to get off their laptops and phones on occasion.

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Post ID: @6ilj+1evksSqF

Thank for illustrating why follett is so bad. Their business model relies on people working for less money than is required to live and grow. They demand no less labor from them, they just pay them less (19 hours v 30 hours/week).
follett is not unique. There are many terrible companies. follett is one of them.

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Post ID: @1txg+1evksSqF

I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but, this is basically every large company. They're not going to willingly pay you more if they don't have to, especially when the company is struggling as bad as Follett currently is. Your "adult" employees need to understand this and either accept it or find new work. That's really what it comes down to.

Regarding restructuring, HO has already assigned stores their new structures. If you're allowed, for example, 3 PT staff, that's all you get. Period. If your 3 can't work the hours you need them, then you either deal with it or fire them and get new ones who can. You literally won't be able to hire more than your allotted 3.

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Post ID: @1bde+1evksSqF

Quoting Chris Rock, " You know what that means when someone pays you minimum wage? You know what your boss was trying to say? "Hey if I could pay you less, I would, but it's against the law.”

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