SELINSGROVE – All Adam Catlin wished a leader at Walmart Selinsgrove Supercenter told him his greeter position was eliminated was another role in the store that would accommodate his brain paresis.
On Friday, Catlin received his wish.  Catlin, 30, in Middleburg, accepted the store's offer to move him from the front of the store to the self-purchase area with effect on April 26. He will serve as a host there, encouraging customers to use the self-service stations. The demands of the work mimic what is being asked of him as a greeter.
"I'm very happy and grateful," said Catlin outside Walmart during Friday. "I am also very grateful to our community and all that they have done to support me."
As Catlin explained his hope that his situation would help others in similar difficulties, despairingly shouted from a passing car: "Hey Adam Go , Adam! "
" I didn't want to leave here, so I'm very happy, "Catlin said." I'm glad to say there's a solution to it. It's off my chest now. »[1
"Adam is very excited to be in his workplace, with his work family and management as he loves so much, wrote his mother, Holly Catlin, on Facebook.
" They have adapted to meet his needs, "The sister Amber Piermattei said.
The move of Walmart ends, at least in Catlin's case, nearly two weeks of public control by a corporate decision to eliminate greeters in favor of cust omer hosts – a new position that has several physical requirements as Raising up to £ 25, climbing ladders, and keeping a close eye on the stores, Catlin's resolution signaled the potential outcome for other disabled and elderly employees who could not fill the new role or position of the employer.
10-year-old employee at Walmart, learned February 16 that he would probably lose his job Word quickly spread on social media after her mother, Holly Catlin, wrote about the situation on Facebook. Funding support for her son came quickly.
Social media users blew the company for their decision and shared Catlin's post nearly 10,000 times. The attention created a social media group that supported the Catlin family and a petition on change.org that has more than 95,300 signatures. Local media coverage gave way to regional and national coverage, inspiring or coinciding with similar stories of other greeters with disabilities, who also face the opportunity to lose their jobs.
Walmart responded by offering Catlin a new job and promised to act judicially to ensure Accommodation is exhausted for disabled employees wishing to continue with their stores after the greeter positions have been eliminated.
"We are so grateful for the amount of support we have from across the country," said Holly Catlin. "Especially the support we got from our own community. People say there's a lot of bad int he world, but let me tell you all it's very good too. Thank you all."
Seeing Thursday, Greg Foran, President and CEO of Walmart's US stores, wrote in a memorandum to save executives: "Let me be clear: If any employee in this unique situation will continue to work at Walmart, we should do Everything to make it happen.
"When it comes to partners with disabilities that go beyond the People Greeter position, we recognize that these people are facing a unique situation. And because not all disabilities are the same, each case requires a thoughtful solution, says Foran. "Therefore, we look at each individual's goal of providing appropriate accommodation that allows these employees to continue in other roles with their store."
Valuable member of team
Kory Lundberg, a spokesman for the company, said Catlin will become one of the thousands of self-employed managers who are employed by Walmart stores across the country.
"We are thrilled Adam has accepted a new role in his shop so he can continue to serve as a valued member of the team. We are pleased that many other greeters also find new roles in their stores and choose to stay with I will continue to work in the coming weeks to identify potential solutions for other affected employees, "Lundberg said.
In 2016, Walmart began shifting front-of-large roles, eliminating greeter positions at specific stores in fav or by customer hosts. The host position is more physical and the associated tasks are an impossibility for Catlin, who has cerebral palsy, and others like him.
Walmart's decision gave a backlash in the valley and gained nationwide coverage as coverage of the problem expanded. The company announced late on Thursday that it would extend the unlimited initial 60-day transition period it gave affected employees.
Parents of the disabled said Walmart does the right move.
"By reconsidering its action, Walmart is now opening the door to actually helping individuals realize their full employment potential," said Cheryl Bates-Harris, senior disability advocacy expert at the National Disability Rights Network.
Piermattei said Holly Catlin was told by the corporate management that positions for disabled and elderly people affected by the job shift are under consideration.
"Hopefully they will also keep their jobs," said Piermattei, Catlin was one of three greeters – joined Jay Melton in Marion, North Carolina, and Mitchell Hartzell of Hazel Green, Florida – all of whom have cerebral palsy who have accepted self-control jobs.
"This was a major league botch," said Craig Johnson, president of Customer Growth Partners, a retail consultant. and added that Walmart should have predicted public reaction.
"Someone finally woke up," Johnson said. "Hopefully, they have now woken up and they will fix them nne thing in the right way. The good news is that it is reversible. "
Associated Press contributed to this story.