Customers going to the Walmart in Hialeah Gardens didn’t get the usual greeting as they walked into the store Friday.
Instead, they saw about 100 employees from the store, at 9300 77th Ave., who had walked off the job in the morning to demand a change in management.
At 9 a.m., employees gathered outside the front of the store and started to march, chanting for better hours and fair treatment.
Argenis Gari, a sales associate, said they only had issues with the management of that specific store — not Walmart the corporation.
“We’re working in an environment of inflexibility and intimidation,” said Gari, 50, who’s worked at the store for eight years.
Ramon Almanza, 52, has worked there since the store opened in 2000. He said managers have become unreasonable by expecting more work from fewer employees.
“They’re also taking away sorely needed hours,” he said.
Walmart spokesman Kory Lundburg said managers met with some of the employees individually to discuss their concerns.
“Some of the associates have narrowed their ability,” he said. “There are hours available in the store for folks to work. It might just be nights and weekends, when we have more customers in the store.”
Employees who were off and workers from other stores were called in to keep the store running smoothly.
On Friday afternoon, Lundburg said managers expected employees to come in to work as scheduled Saturday.
“Right now, we anticipate that associates will be back working their shifts tomorrow.”