Dell did this because they could. Thanks to our sorry-ass economy, most folks are in debt up to their ears. And good jobs are fe and far between. For many at Dell, the choice is; earn a six-figure salary at a solid company like Dell with full benefits, or go work the night shift at Wal-Mart with no benefits. Dell employees can bitch all they want, but the bottom line is that most have McMansions with big mortgages, SUV's with big car payments, and credit card debts. A few may leave, but most will hang on because their is no place left to go.