Whenever you stroll into the Walmart close to Mill Plain and Southeast 192nd Avenue, you are prone to be greeted by John Combs. “Welcome to Walmart,” he’ll say. Final week, Combs realized that he was being laid off. His place, a Folks Greeter, was being reclassified. Combs’ household says his last day can be April 25.
Combs has been working on Walmart for the previous two-and-a-half years. His household says the job has been excellent for Combs, who has cerebral palsy and is sure to a wheelchair. “We had been devastated — only one extra blow to take,” stated Rachel Wasser, his sister, and authorized guardian.
Combs says he likes his job. He does not need a new one. “Been like part of my household,” he mentioned. “That is all the things for him. That is his livelihood; it is his hire cash,” stated Wasser. “It is optimistic for him. It provides him function. He is a function-pushed man.”
Household says Combs has improved his language and social expertise since beginning at Walmart. He has extra confidence too. Wasser says they hope Walmart will discover a strategy to preserve Combs on workers. She thinks it could be troublesome for them to search out him one other job. “Has so many developed relationships there that give him a way of the neighborhood. In any other case, when individuals in John’s place are remoted, [it] results in a not happy life,” Wasser stated.
When requested what Combs would inform the Walmart CEO, he mentioned, “I do a superb job.” A Walmart spokesperson instructed KATU Information they’re reclassifying the greater function as a Buyer Host, which incorporates extra pay and duty. Walmart says Buyer Hosts welcome clients once they enter and maintain the entrance “clear, protected and safe.”
“We acknowledge this can be a distinctive scenario, and it’ll take time to discover doable options,” mentioned Kory Lundberg, a Walmart spokesperson. “As we section the greeter position out of this retailer over a 60-day interval, our retailer administration and native human useful resource groups can be in common contact with the associates as they discover each accessible choice to him,” Wasser says they’ve requested Walmart for extra data, however, haven’t heard from them as of Monday.