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Union Member

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#41 Nov 23, 2012
FriendofDog wrote:
Holy crap... THe Wal-Mart shift is 8 hours.. not 24 hours. My daughter worked Wal-Mart for several years.. she worked and we still managed to have a family meal....If you dont' want to work at Wal-Mart DON'T. If you don't want to shop at Wal-Mart DON'T. If you dont' want to shop at Wal-Mart on Black Friday, sit your happy ass at home, but quit trying to run the show for everyone else!
If you don't mind me asking, how much was your daughter paid while working for the largest employer in the country?
Hmm

Jonesborough, TN

#42 Nov 23, 2012
Union Member wrote:
<quoted text> If you don't mind me asking, how much was your daughter paid while working for the largest employer in the country?
I don't know, but I'm sure they at least paid her minimum wage. If you don't mind me asking, why do you ask?

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Since: Jan 11

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#43 Nov 23, 2012
Union Member wrote:
<quoted text> If you don't mind me asking, how much was your daughter paid while working for the largest employer in the country?
I think it was $9 -$10 an hour... So, you think Wal-Mart should unionize, pay workers $15+ an hour huh? BTW, my daughter had health insurance, put into a 401(k) and got vacation while she worked there....That's a HELL of a lot better than I get here working in an office..
Nita Mann

United States

#44 Nov 23, 2012
FriendofDog wrote:
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I think it was $9 -$10 an hour... So, you think Wal-Mart should unionize, pay workers $15+ an hour huh? BTW, my daughter had health insurance, put into a 401(k) and got vacation while she worked there....That's a HELL of a lot better than I get here working in an office..
I agree with your posts above. I had a relative who worked at Walmart in the early to mid 80s in a nearby town. She got all the benefits you mentioned and made well over minimum wage. She was able to work a respectable job & provide for her kids. My only gripe about Walmart is their buy American motto went by the wayside. Unfortunately, we the American consumer want everything cheap so they cater accordingly with cheaply made foreign products. Therefore, I would think the consumer is as much to blame as the seller for that.

To pay my way through school, I also worked retail & in small offices. Large retailers generally paid better & I had benefits. Office jobs usually don't have the benefits like insurance, 401(k), or higher wage opportunities but my office jobs were much easier physically & the hours were better. Like most things in life it is what you make of it & has pros/cons.
Union Member

Monroe, NC

#45 Nov 23, 2012
FriendofDog wrote:
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I think it was $9 -$10 an hour... So, you think Wal-Mart should unionize, pay workers $15+ an hour huh? BTW, my daughter had health insurance, put into a 401(k) and got vacation while she worked there....That's a HELL of a lot better than I get here working in an office..
Thank you for answering my question, which btw I feel was addressed politely, unlike your response. I've observed you to be rude to other posters, especially if their opinion is opposite yours. There's really no reason to treat people that way madam. Now - I'm very pleased to hear your daughter was treated fairly by the store where she worked. Hopefully she was young with few financial obligations in order to survive on such a low wage. My own children worked low paying jobs while obtaining their education. I know retail can be a challenging job, although it can present opportunities which prepare young people for further responsibility. My answers to the words you attempted to put in my mouth is both 'yes' and 'I don't know'. Yes I'm positive Walmart hourly employees would benefit from unionization, but I don't know what a fair wage and benefits package would be. I've spent many hours studying Walmart's management methods utilized to benefit the company, but at the expense of the associate. Your figure of $15.00 an hour sounds a little high for the skills needed by the average employee. Up north however that amount might be appropriate due to the higher cost of living. Because i feel certain you're not going to agree with my opinion, I won't bother you with practices commonly used by Walmart that result in their employees having to struggle greatly to provide for their families. Anyhow, take care and again I appreciate that you responded to my post.
Doggie style

Monroe, NC

#46 Nov 23, 2012
FriendofDog wrote:
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I think it was $9 -$10 an hour... So, you think Wal-Mart should unionize, pay workers $15+ an hour huh? BTW, my daughter had health insurance, put into a 401(k) and got vacation while she worked there....That's a HELL of a lot better than I get here working in an office..
Wow you must be an important part of that office if you're paid nearly nothing and no benefits. How does that make you feel when you see your check? Guess you should've went to school. Oh wait, I forgot you can't teach an old *dog* new tricks!
Stressed

Mauldin, SC

#47 Nov 23, 2012
mommy wrote:
<quoted text>what is joy in being taxed to death and robbing peter to pay paul. Life isn't just about happiness anymore. Everything is expensive thanksgiving is gonna cost a lot. Of money and not to metion kids are not satisfied with cheap gifts anymore. Money money money that is what the world revolves around anymore. Its just plain stressfull. When you grow up and pay the bills the joy becomes less and less important. I know it isn't the way its supposed to be but the holidays is so stressfull for average people just getting by!
You said that right mommy. Holidays are nothing but stress for me. Parents passed away years ago, family is split, kid on drugs, kid divorced, feel pressured to buy gifts for kids you dont even know just because your kid is dating the father/mother, extended people you never hear from except @ Christmas, feel pressured to go in with coworkers to buy for the boss, buy for coworkers, every charity begging for money...and the list goes on. I don't enjoy pulling out the decorations or have to put them all away. I really wish I could experience the joy I used to during the holidays.
I am a Christian and attend church but that is stressful too except during the service itself, when I can just worship and be thankful of the the reason for the season...and ask God to help me be the best I can for those who depend on me.
Stressed

Mauldin, SC

#48 Nov 23, 2012
mommy wrote:
I give to my kids my family all year! I don't need a special day for so called "joy" just another day like I said. Only its more stress and more expensive. I'm around my family all year and I don't need another day to remind me how special they are or what they mean to me. My family is my world always. I'm thankful for everything I have.the joy of giving should count all year. No they want you to rampage the wally world so they can make millions of of your hard earned money. And you say "joy" it sure is for wal-mart corp. They made billions of dollars out of american "joy". So I ask you what is joy to you my friend?
Goodness, me too! But we do have a family meal even tho there is sadness for what used to be... some of which comes from the fact that one just gets older and time passes on ..

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#49 Nov 24, 2012
Doggie style wrote:
<quoted text> Wow you must be an important part of that office if you're paid nearly nothing and no benefits. How does that make you feel when you see your check? Guess you should've went to school. Oh wait, I forgot you can't teach an old *dog* new tricks!
LOL.. YOu are probably right about that.

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#50 Nov 24, 2012
Union Member wrote:
<quoted text> Thank you for answering my question, which btw I feel was addressed politely, unlike your response. I've observed you to be rude to other posters, especially if their opinion is opposite yours. There's really no reason to treat people that way madam. Now - I'm very pleased to hear your daughter was treated fairly by the store where she worked. Hopefully she was young with few financial obligations in order to survive on such a low wage. My own children worked low paying jobs while obtaining their education. I know retail can be a challenging job, although it can present opportunities which prepare young people for further responsibility. My answers to the words you attempted to put in my mouth is both 'yes' and 'I don't know'. Yes I'm positive Walmart hourly employees would benefit from unionization, but I don't know what a fair wage and benefits package would be. I've spent many hours studying Walmart's management methods utilized to benefit the company, but at the expense of the associate. Your figure of $15.00 an hour sounds a little high for the skills needed by the average employee. Up north however that amount might be appropriate due to the higher cost of living. Because i feel certain you're not going to agree with my opinion, I won't bother you with practices commonly used by Walmart that result in their employees having to struggle greatly to provide for their families. Anyhow, take care and again I appreciate that you responded to my post.
No one that I know of gets $15 in retail work. NOr $12,$13,$14.. if one's goal is to put Wal-Mart out of business, then yes, this is the way to go. THere will be a heck of a lot of people out of work if that happens.. Just like the Hostess debacle.. only 30% were unionized but they managed to shut the company down for the other 70% I would so love to know if the 70% agree with that decision.

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#51 Nov 24, 2012
"...I've observed you to be rude to other posters, especially if their opinion is opposite yours...."

Who, me? You gotta be kidding.(GRIN) It's that sharp-tongued Scorpio coming out in me...
mommy

Asheboro, NC

#52 Nov 24, 2012
Stressed wrote:
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Goodness, me too! But we do have a family meal even tho there is sadness for what used to be... some of which comes from the fact that one just gets older and time passes on ..
we have outgrown chilhood and chilhood is what the holidays are all about so each year I try to bring happiness to my children and I guess in some way that brings me joy and happiness. I can sure say I will be glad when new years ggets hear so everything will be back to normal!
just a girl

Asheboro, NC

#53 Nov 24, 2012
ok so do you people complaining about Walmart and their "low" wages and their workers being on goverment assistance think they are the only ones? How about Kmart, Target, Sears, the Dollar stores and all the grocery stores? Do you honestly think they pay their employees much more than minimum wage and bare bones benefits packages? NO they don't so instead of blaming just the one biggest company spread your blame and cheer around as it should be. Oh and all those retail stores were open on Thanksgiving too in case you didn't know. And man were they all packed with people with buggies full of crap hating every minute of it for those.poor cashiers having to work and ring up their sales items!!

A union? Waste of time here. They were a powerhouse up north during their time and there was a lot of good they did back in the day but now they are just a waste of time and dues. That was proven right here in Greeneville. Ask an ex Magnavox employee about their great union here and what they did for them!

“Oderint dum metuant”

Since: Mar 12

Main Street

#54 Nov 25, 2012
Agree with a poster on the first page, be thankful you have a job. Be thankful that there will be leftovers to warm up, where in some cases there wasn't food to begin with. I had to have "Thanksgiving" a day early due to my work schedule. Guess what? It was still a great meal with my family and those close to me. Isn't that what the holidays are about? It doesn't matter what date or day it falls on. Also, keeping the wages of the employees low, retail chains can keep prices low. If you want to boycott or "strike" do it against the company itself. Simply standing in a line and refusing to work is a poster child for Americas work ethic. As said earlier, that is the main reason jobs have been moved across seas.

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