Wal mart Strike Spreads

Wal mart Strike Spreads

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Wal Mart Sux

Erie, PA

#1 Oct 11, 2012
"Walmart workers who recently went on strike in Illinois and California appear to have inspired some of their fellow big box employees, and now it looks like the movement is going viral.

Labor leaders said Tuesday, just one day before Walmart’s annual shareholder meeting, that workers at 28 stores in 12 states walked out and went on strike to demand the anti-union employer raise wages, improve working conditions and end retaliations against employees who attempt to form unions.

“It’s not a hard sell because these people are tired of being treated the way we are being treated by Walmart,” Evelin Cruz, a striking Walmart worker in the Los Angeles area, told Raw Story on Wednesday.“They disregard us as workers. They think that we are machines, we should have no emotions. We should not have families. We should not have the right to speak. So it’s pretty easy to convince people to get on-board. We need to have more voices around the country being heard with the same message, because it is the same situation in every store and throughout their supply chain.”

The strikes on Tuesday were just the second time in more than a half century that Walmart workers walked off the job at multiple stores, and comes on the heels of strikes at nine Walmart stores in Los Angeles. Those followed a 21-day action put on by Chicago-area Walmart warehouse workers, whose strike recently ended after their employer agreed to a major settlement over allegations of wage theft.

Raw Story ( http://s.tt/1pIox )
state street stan

Franklin, PA

#2 Oct 11, 2012
Walmarts Labor strikes.......28 possible stores in 12 states WOW! Lets do the math!
Walmart has 4540 stores in the Unites States with 1.4 million employees.....this mean there are labor problems atpossibly 28 stores out of 4540 or .006% of existing outlets.
Does not appear to be much of a problem when you put things in perspective!
LMAO

Girard, PA

#3 Oct 11, 2012
Let them, replace them, don't want to work, bye bye!

Probably trash anyway!

LMAO!
Tan Buff and Hung

Erie, PA

#5 Oct 12, 2012
LMAO wrote:
Let them, replace them, don't want to work, bye bye!
Probably trash anyway!
LMAO!
We'll replace you, Mr. Troll!

LMAO!
TommyG

Canton, OH

#6 Oct 12, 2012
As usual the clueless on Topix miss the point. If they didn't want to work wouldn't they be on welfare? All I read from some of you is how wonderful life on welfare must be. If you didn't want to work Walmart is not for you, they work their employees and suck when it comes to overtime, insurance, breaks etc. I would enjoy and support a general strike by Walmart employees, but I suspect they are too underpaid to be able to go without a paycheck, let alone two.
only in Erie

Erie, PA

#7 Oct 12, 2012
Wouldn't it be great if they called a strike for black Friday? We'll see.
Scott Bloom

Erie, PA

#8 Oct 12, 2012
When the workers quit doing theWalMart Cheer and the kool aid flushes out of their system, they'll tell you low wages, high expectations, and poor treatment by management. And I'll fire them all.
Tacks Know More

Wattsburg, PA

#9 Oct 12, 2012
TommyG wrote:
As usual the clueless on Topix miss the point. If they didn't want to work wouldn't they be on welfare? All I read from some of you is how wonderful life on welfare must be. If you didn't want to work Walmart is not for you, they work their employees and suck when it comes to overtime, insurance, breaks etc. I would enjoy and support a general strike by Walmart employees, but I suspect they are too underpaid to be able to go without a paycheck, let alone two.
As state street stan has pointed out, the small amount involved is not really too damaging HOWEVER if the movement grows (Much like the Unionized movements did 100 years ago) It could have an impact.
IT'S ABOUT TIME!
TommyG

Canton, OH

#11 Oct 12, 2012
Joe Doakes wrote:
<quoted text> It will ruin the retail market just as unionizing teachers ruined education. Before education was unionized there was classroom control and never a shortage of funds for education. After unionizing education the employees sucked off so much of the funding there was nothing left to spend on the students and now the students are mimicking the poor work ethic of their teachers.
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So you are in favor of eliminating all unions? Or just the ones that you think impact you?
tim leary

United States

#12 Oct 12, 2012
Joe Doakes wrote:
<quoted text> It will ruin the retail market just as unionizing teachers ruined education. Before education was unionized there was classroom control and never a shortage of funds for education. After unionizing education the employees sucked off so much of the funding there was nothing left to spend on the students and now the students are mimicking the poor work ethic of their teachers.
we will throw your body into the same unmarked grave of the chinese we kill once they invade this country. You are without honor.
Tacks Know More

Waterford, PA

#13 Oct 13, 2012
Joe Doakes wrote:
<quoted text> It will ruin the retail market just as unionizing teachers ruined education. Before education was unionized there was classroom control and never a shortage of funds for education. After unionizing education the employees sucked off so much of the funding there was nothing left to spend on the students and now the students are mimicking the poor work ethic of their teachers.
You should be a Science Fiction writer. One Union sucks off the tax payers according to you the other doesn't BUT the impact will be the same? You need help LOSER!
bob

Erie, PA

#14 Oct 14, 2012
the reasons you have unions is because companies treat their employees like shit. Pay your employees and you wont have a union.

COE's pay themselves over 50 million a year, then cry cause their company is broke because of the union.

thats funny.
state street stan

Franklin, PA

#15 Oct 14, 2012
How many of you experts who think you know or understand how a business runs has ever attempted it? How many of you know what profit margins really are? Heres a big question...How many of you would want to hire most of the so called experts who post negative comments about Walmar t& other large retail companies who achieved success through the effort of their business leadership & well treated employees.
Now I know anyone can point to an example here or there to dispute thi sbut remember Sears once lead the market place with having a compensation program which rewarded the best retirement for long term employees .....That was until am Walton came along & created a company with the most wealthy retirees from any start up company ever in the history of retail business.
LMAO

Girard, PA

#16 Oct 14, 2012
bob wrote:
the reasons you have unions is because companies treat their employees like shit. Pay your employees and you wont have a union.
COE's pay themselves over 50 million a year, then cry cause their company is broke because of the union.
thats funny.
So if we paid a Wal-Mart unskilled shelf stocker $15.00/hr so all the cost of goods you buy go up you would be happy?

You have to be a troll, no one can be this stupid!

LMAO!
state street stan

United States

#18 Oct 15, 2012
Tacks Know More wrote:
<quoted text>As state street stan has pointed out, the small amount involved is not really too damaging HOWEVER if the movement grows (Much like the Unionized movements did 100 years ago) It could have an impact.
IT'S ABOUT TIME!
The current labor climate at Walmart bears no resemblance what so ever to what the situation was at the turn of the last century. Do a little research & you will quickly understand this .
Samuel Gompers the father of American Unionism said the first duty of a company is to make a profit for its stockholders. He recognized in order for this to happen, it was necessary for the workers to labor diligently for the companies to succeed.
Samuel Gompers concentrated his efforts to the wages & treatment of the workers.........Given the conditions at Walmart today with the opportunities for those who wish to advance in comparison to the prevailing attitude of business/labor relations common in his day, he would certainly consider the results of his efforts a success.
Why? Because companies such as Walmart only came into existence because of the Union Labor movement & to be successful have to offer competitive wages & benefits for the work performed or the workers will go elsewhere. Unions thrive when there are genuine grieviences & this is not the case at Walmart.Yes, there are some malcontents & Yes, there are some managers who do not live up to what Walmart expects. These problems will be worked out eventually but there is no groundswell for Union representation at Walmart depite what some of the faithful here as well as what professional Union thugs try to promote as being the case.
Observer1

Erie, PA

#19 Oct 15, 2012
Walmart workers keep voting down unions, so the unions agitate a small portion of disgruntled employees to protest and threaten strikes. Unions don't really believe in democracy or giving workers the choice to opt out of an overpaid thug-run union that just takes their money to buy politicians. I know which products I can buy at a good price at Walmart, and shop elsewhere for some items I want in better quality. Plenty of laws protect workers from the abuses the union thugs keep talking about at their dues-funded, luxury hotel conventions. Big, fat dinosaurs wallowing in their final throes of extinction.
Withheld

Erie, PA

#20 Oct 15, 2012
In the past, WalMart has threatened to close stores that vote Unions in. Knowing such things, if you worked at WalMart and that was the highest on the job chain you were capable of going - would you vote yes for Unionization?

Another thing to ponder, just because they say they provide great benefits and good/fair wages does not mean they do.
Tacks Know More

Wattsburg, PA

#21 Oct 15, 2012
Joe Doakes wrote:
<quoted text> How does someone who fails to do the job he was hired for and overpaid for call someone else a loser. You are by definition a loser and each of your pathetic posts trying to defend your poor performance and unearned pay make you seem that much more a loser.
Joe, at what point in this post have I tried to defend my job, pay or benefits? Stay on topic LOSER!
state street stan

United States

#22 Oct 15, 2012
If you are one of those who think you are entitled to everything for free without paying a dime for anything ....then I suppose there is not a job anywhere which meets your expectations for benefits & wages.

Highest on the job chain & would I vote for unionization?.....again lets do the math ,4540 stores = 4540 people at the top of the job chain. What about the other 1,395,460 Walmart employees? I do not see very many of them voting for unionization.
There is a reason for the lack of interest in unionization...... I think most people are perfectly satisfied to be independent & do not see Unions as being something which is to their advantage.
Withheld

Erie, PA

#23 Oct 15, 2012
state street stan wrote:
Highest on the job chain & would I vote for unionization?.....again lets do the math ,4540 stores = 4540 people at the top of the job chain. What about the other 1,395,460 Walmart employees? I do not see very many of them voting for unionization.
There is a reason for the lack of interest in unionization...... I think most people are perfectly satisfied to be independent & do not see Unions as being something which is to their advantage.
If this is in response to my comment - I am not meaning "if you are the store manager". I'm meaning if you are an "associate" and really, this is the best job you can get - meaning you either are not qualified to do something skilled or you believe you are not qualified to get a job any better than "door greeter" or "cashier" or "stockman" or "layaway specialist" when I said "top of the job chain".

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