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Buncy Oaks

Asheville, NC

#1 Nov 24, 2012
Obama's communist union thugs did not interrupt Walmart's business yesterday as they had hoped. America still lives!!!

For weeks now, we’ve heard a lot about OUR Walmart’s plans to disrupt the big box retailer’s Black Friday sales. Media outlets breathlessly reported that the union-backed protests and employee walkouts might cause the company severe financial damage. Heck, even Wal-mart was reportedly worried about the union’s Black Friday plans.

So how did it turn out?

Well, to quote Megan McArdle writing in the Daily Beast,“the planned protests were mostly a fizzle.”

Indeed, despite the promise of disruptive protests of epic proportions, Wal-Mart is well on its way to breaking all previous Back Friday sales records.

Wal-Mart “says it has had the best Black Friday ever in the United States despite threats of walkouts and protests by employees over wage and benefit issues,” the Boston Herald reports.

“The world’s largest retailer said it saw larger crowds than last year and a huge response to its first-ever one-hour guarantee on a trio of electronic items,” the report adds.

Said Bill Simon, Wal-Mart U.S. president and chief executive officer, of the company’s Back Friday performance:

I’m so proud of what our more than 1.3 million associates have done to prepare and execute our Black Friday plans, giving our customers a great start to their Christmas shopping season.

The work of our associates is even more impressive when you consider they served approximately 22 million customers on Thursday.

How big were the company’s sales? Well, there isn’t a hard number yet, but early sales would indicate the company did very, very well.

“During the high traffic period from 8 p.m. through midnight, Walmart nationally processed nearly 10 million register transactions and almost 5,000 items per second [emphases added],” the Boston Herald report adds.

In fact, according to the same report, between 8:00 p.m. ET last night and 12:00 p.m. today, Walmart sold about 1.3 million televisions, 1.3 million dolls, and 250,000 bicycles.

Funny thing though: Of the people who participated in today’s nationwide demonstrations, very few of them were actual Wal-Mart employees, meaning today’s action was a whole lot like the Service Employees International Union’s Wednesday protest of the Los Angeles International Airport.

“This is the way you get a fair shake. You’ve got to fight for it. You’ve always had to,” said protester Charlie May, of the Industrial Workers of the World labor organization, according to a report by the Associated Press.

“No Walmart workers in attendance at Mobile Walmart picketing,” reads one Alabama newspaper headline.

Needless to say, Simon is happy with how today turned out for the company.

“We had very safe and successful Black Friday events at our stores across the country and heard overwhelmingly positive feedback from our customers,” said Simon, adding that “Only 26 protests occurred at stores last night and many of them did not include any Walmart associates.”

Okay, so maybe the protests were not as big as some had expected. But surely those walkouts were problematic for the company, right?

“We estimate that less than 50 associates participated in the protest nationwide. In fact, this year, roughly the same number of associates missed their scheduled shift as last year,” Simon said.

Black Friday bargain hunters apparently simply pushed past the scattered protests in search of cheap flat-screen televisions–and the progressives who seem most on fire about this campaign are not really very likely to be Walmart shoppers. Which could be a metaphor for the whole US labor movement.

Morganton, NC

#2 Nov 24, 2012
Mouthy little beeatch, ain't cha?

United States

#4 Nov 24, 2012
Obama said he was pro-union only to get the union vote, it became evident very fast after the first election that he lied.

The automakers deal was a loan, not a bailout, Obama had no choice but to do that because he caused the problem, consumer confidence in the US economy dropped to negative 50 after he was elected.

He could give a rats azz about the union, he's looking for the vote.
Barry Soetoro

United States

#5 Nov 24, 2012
I was watching the news reporters trying to ask the Walmart protesters questions. The union protesters would not not talk, the union bosses had instructed them not to answer any questions. The union protesters questioned by reporters at the Los Angeles airport earlier during the week came across as so stupid it embarrassed the union leaders. Pitiful that those uneducated fools are being used by the thug union bosses. Paying union dues and herded like cattle to participate in meaningless protests.
Larry Whitt

United States

#6 Nov 24, 2012
WM says the average wage is $11.75 when in fact it's $8.90 for a 32 work week, no overtime, no benefits and nothing to gain. Raising thier wages to $11.75 is said to cost the consumer .46 on a $100 purchase.

Who the F can make it on $8.90 at 32 hours a week? And WM averages 98% profit on everything they sell. That $900 flat screen cost them $5 bucks.

Had a GF that worked for them, she had to clock in and out to the second or risk being fired. One second over and she was on report.
Larry Hoffman

Asheville, NC

#7 Nov 24, 2012
You rightwing POS. The unions are for the people, the little person, the working stiff. Walmart is a corporate fascist taskmaster.
Lisa Anderson

Asheville, NC

#8 Nov 24, 2012
I don't care dad says. These unions are evil.

Asheville, NC

#9 Nov 25, 2012
The unions have been good for working families. Leave them alone! Walmart needs to pay their people $20 an hour plus benefits. And the union needs those dues to finance the next democratic victory.


Since: Jan 08

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#10 Nov 27, 2012
Steve Earle takes on Walmart! Supports Los Angeles' efforts to Stop Walmart in Chinatown


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