First on the list is United Airlines. On June 12th, the airline stranded hundreds of London-bound passengers in a remote part of Canada after an emergency landing. While the crew were made comfortable overnight in warm, comfy hotels, the passengers were left cold, hungry and confused in an unheated Goose Bay barracks building with nothing more than two blankets so thin they were described by passengers as sheets while the temperature was near freezing. Here are a few links on the story:
The second corporate culprit is Wal-Mart. The company has been keeping its air conditioning at artic temperatures and finally agreed earlier this month to raise the thermostat in response to overwhelming complaints from its workers. Can you believe this? The temperature in Wal-Mart ‘s 4,555 stores is centrally controlled by the firm’s headquarters location in Arkansas, absurd!
But wait, there’s more: In researching the above story, we found that in January of 2014 Wal-Mart warehouse workers in Indiana went on strike to protest sub-zero temperatures. Here are some quotes from the press:
…broken dock doors and lack of heaters leave the warehouse’s workers exposed to snow, rain, ice, and freezing temperatures. WWOC organizer Sean Fulkerson told Salon that the facility ‘”had torpedo [gas] heaters before Wal-Mart got the contract,” but “when they switched it over to a Wal-Mart facility they pulled out the heaters” because “they didn’t want to pay the gas bill.” Now, he charged, “people were getting written up for going to the bathroom and trying to warm their hands under their hand driers.”
Sounds like a Frostie nightmare!
Here are a few links to the Wal-Mart stories:
If you know or read about a company that deserves a place in the Raynaud’s Corporate Hall of Shame, please let us know!