Attention Walmart Workers:Strike Blac...

Attention Walmart Workers:Strike Black Friday

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Had Enough

Morristown, TN

#1 Nov 17, 2012
America’s biggest retailer may be in for an unexpectedly painful holiday season. Protesting low wages, spiking health care premiums, and alleged retaliation from management, Wal-Mart Stores workers have started to walk off the job this week. First, on Wednesday, about a dozen workers in Wal-Mart’s distribution warehouses in Southern California walked out, followed the next day by 30 more from six stores in the Seattle area.

The workers, who are part of a union-backed employee coalition called Making Change at Wal-Mart, say this is the beginning of a wave of protests and strikes leading up to next week’s Black Friday. A thousand store protests are planned in Chicago, Dallas, Miami, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Milwaukee, Los Angeles, Minnesota, and Washington, D.C., the group says.

In a conference call with reporters on Thursday, workers who were either planning to strike or already striking explained their situation.“We have to borrow money from each other just to make it to work,” said Colby Harris, who earns $8.90 an hour after having worked at a Wal-Mart in Lancaster, Tex., for three years.“I’m on my lunch break right now, and I have two dollars in my pocket. I’m deciding whether to use it to buy lunch or to hold on to it for next week.” He said the deduction from his bimonthly pay check for health-care costs is scheduled to triple in January. In 2013, Wal-Mart plans to scale back its contributions to workers’ health-care premiums, which are expected to rise between 8 percent and 36 percent. Many employees will forgo coverage, Reuters reports.

Sara Gilbert, a manager who was striking in Seattle, called in on her cell phone:“I work full-time for one of the richest companies in the world, and my kids get state health insurance and are on food stamps,” she said.

Along with Target and Sears, Wal-Mart has plans to open retail stores at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving night. Employees said they weren’t given a choice as to whether they would work on Thanksgiving and were told to do so with little warning.“They don’t care about family,” said Charlene Fletcher, a Wal-Mart associate in Duarte, Calif. She said she is expected to report for work at 3 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. The workers said that when they complain about scheduling and other problems, management cuts their hours or fires people.

With 1.4 million U.S. workers, the Bentonville (Ark.)-based company is the U.S.’s largest private employer. For years, Wal-Mart has been targeted by unions and workers complaining about low wages, scant benefits, and retaliation against those who speak out.

Until now, the company has crushed attempts by employees to organize. So it’s unusual that Making Change at Wal-Mart has been able to organize a number of strikes—the first in the company’s history, they say. The first strike occurred in Los Angeles in October. That strike spread to 28 stores in 12 states, organizers say.

In an e-mail, Wal-Mart spokesman Kory Lundberg called the strike “just another exaggerated publicity campaign aimed at generating headlines to mislead” the retailer’s customers and employees.“The fact is, these ongoing tactics being orchestrated by the UFCW are unlawful and we will act to protect our associates and customers from this ongoing illegal conduct,” he wrote, referring to the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union.

The workers intend for next week’s protests to be much bigger. They say their goal is not to shame the company, but to improve conditions.“Wal-Mart needs to know,” said Harris,“that if we didn’t want to work with them, we would have quit.”

Yet the strikes—timed to coincide with the holiday shopping rush—are clearly intended to put pressure on the company during the busiest time of the year, when Wal-Mart most needs its employees. Holiday cheer is a tough sell if your workers are picketing in the parking lot.
Had Enough

Morristown, TN

#2 Nov 17, 2012
Wally

Chattanooga, TN

#3 Nov 17, 2012
They should all be fired, they are given all Wall-Mart can afford, they should be thankfull they have a job at all, and if they get food stamps they have to be Liberal moochers, why can't they take responsibly? Obama won because of people like them.
wrong

Tucker, GA

#4 Nov 17, 2012
I think this is great! Wal Mart spends millions on "anti-union" packages, so I'm sure they don't pay all they can afford. There is actually a good documentary called "Wal Mart: The High Price of Low Cost". I'd recommend checking it out.
Just sayin

Morristown, TN

#5 Nov 17, 2012
Fire 'em! Proud of Hostess. I'm sorry they had to go out of business, but glad they didn't cater to the union thugs. Time to start cleaning house in this country....

Since: Nov 11

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#6 Nov 17, 2012
walmart employees don't exactly posses a unique skill set. what are they leveraging with? every single one of them can easily be replaced by someone that actually wants to work. and i really hope they ultimately are.

the great thing about america is that if you don't like your job, you're able to leave and find something better suited to you. walmart has no obligation to meet the demands of their workers, and with all the recent union overreach (see: hostess), i don't blame the company for adamantly fighting the idea. we're ALL better off without a unionized walmart.

go walmart.

Since: Feb 12

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#8 Nov 17, 2012
KawaiiGirl wrote:
walmart employees don't exactly posses a unique skill set. what are they leveraging with? every single one of them can easily be replaced by someone that actually wants to work. and i really hope they ultimately are.
the great thing about america is that if you don't like your job, you're able to leave and find something better suited to you. walmart has no obligation to meet the demands of their workers, and with all the recent union overreach (see: hostess), i don't blame the company for adamantly fighting the idea. we're ALL better off without a unionized walmart.
go walmart.
This statement is not directed @ you or any of the hard working Americans, but you said... "every single one of them can easily be replaced by someone that actually wants to work." That's the problem with America today there are some people who can't work because of disability and there are alot of people who can work that just don't want to. Also, there are alot of people who say they are "disabled" that are very able bodied and won't strike a lick @ anything.
off to work I go

Morristown, TN

#9 Nov 17, 2012
HOW MANY FAMILY MEMBERS DO YOU HAVE THAT DON'T WORK AND DRAW A CHECK? OR GET SOMETHING FOR FREE? THERE ARE THOSE THAT CAN DO EVERYTHING ELSE BUT GET A JOB!

Since: Nov 11

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#10 Nov 17, 2012
Smileytoo wrote:
<quoted text>This statement is not directed @ you or any of the hard working Americans, but you said... "every single one of them can easily be replaced by someone that actually wants to work." That's the problem with America today there are some people who can't work because of disability and there are alot of people who can work that just don't want to. Also, there are alot of people who say they are "disabled" that are very able bodied and won't strike a lick @ anything.
you're absolutely right, but there are plenty of able-bodied people actively looking for work, and i'm sure most of them would be more than happy to have the jobs these people are apparently unwilling to do.

“Keep it fresh and local”

Since: Nov 08

Morristown

#11 Nov 17, 2012
it's it unreasonable to expect that Wal-Mart pay a living wage? 8.60 after three years of work? They have tons of employees on state benefits because they pay Sooooo little. Greed is the real problem in America today no laziness.

Since: Nov 11

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#12 Nov 17, 2012
corbintrent wrote:
it's it unreasonable to expect that Wal-Mart pay a living wage? 8.60 after three years of work? They have tons of employees on state benefits because they pay Sooooo little. Greed is the real problem in America today no laziness.
that's $1.35 above minimum wage, and for what?
what makes them qualified to earn more than someone in fast food, for example?
Bah bah bah

Chattanooga, TN

#13 Nov 17, 2012
And the idiot Replubicans can't understand why so many are on food stamps, but it's Obama 's fault, the food stamp king! What a bunch of sheep.
Low Income

Columbia, SC

#14 Nov 17, 2012
KawaiiGirl wrote:
<quoted text>
that's $1.35 above minimum wage, and for what?
what makes them qualified to earn more than someone in fast food, for example?
Have you ever tried to live on $320.00 a week ?
anti walmart

Charlotte, NC

#15 Nov 17, 2012
Low Income wrote:
<quoted text> Have you ever tried to live on $320.00 a week ?
Don't believe she has tough job in the first place. She stays on Topix at work.
Wally

White Pine, TN

#16 Nov 17, 2012
Bah bah bah wrote:
And the idiot Replubicans can't understand why so many are on food stamps, but it's Obama 's fault, the food stamp king! What a bunch of sheep.
Excluding the elderly, 90 percent of food stamps go to single women who had children out of wedlock. They expect to make a lot of money without any education?
LOL

Maryville, TN

#17 Nov 17, 2012
Low Income wrote:
<quoted text> Have you ever tried to live on $320.00 a week ?
And in Southern CA at that.
you got to earn it

Knoxville, TN

#18 Nov 17, 2012
These buggy pushers and register clerks kind of get on my nerves whining about how somebody (Walmart) owes them a high wage. Walmart does treat their employees about as well as most companies do. It is true, if you are doing a job that 99% of most people can do then you just are not going to get paid a whole lot more than minimum wage.
My sister works at Walmart. She started out about ten years ago at minimum wage and worked her way up to management and now gets about 15 dollars an hour and that is because she has responibilities which she handles and she peforms at a high level.

Now, that being said....it is a huge crock of sh!t that Walmart is making them work on Thanksgiving Day but there are a lot of jobs that are the same way mine included, as I work in a manufacturing production facility. Sometimes you have to work on holidays but you are going to get other days off to make up for it and/or get paid extra for working that shift.

No one owes you anything. You know what you are going to get paid when you accept a job and you are always free to go elswhere. You might not feel like you can find a job elswhere but that is not the fault of the company you are presently working for, is it?
Too many people feel like because other people have money that they ought to have money too and while it would be great if we all had more money than we knew what to do with, that is just not how things are.
I do not have any magic answers but I do know that if you want more than minimum wage you are going to have to do something that the average minimum wage worker either can not or will not do.
stupid

United States

#19 Nov 18, 2012
starting a sale at 8pm on thanksgiving day is ridiculous. it's getting earlier and earlier every year. soon they'll be open on christmas day too so they can take that day away from people it's supposed to be black friday shopping not thanksgiving day shopping. and it's stupid people like the ones posting on here that feed into it. walmart is going to keep treating it's employees the way it does and it will go under. they work you to death with little to no help and the pay isn't worth it, that's why they have such a high turnover rate. the holidays are supposed to be spent with family and places like this, that are supposed to be family oriented, are taking people from their families to fill their own pockets.
wah

Nashville, TN

#20 Nov 18, 2012
You know it's hard to believe all the people whining over this.be glad you have a job right now.no one will beg you to stay.I know plenty of folks who would love to step out of their fast food position & into yours.so either be glad to have a job or quit because I guarantee you are replaceable.Striking right at the holidays will only affect your Christmas...not Sam Walton's.
Brett

Jefferson City, TN

#21 Nov 18, 2012
Bah bah bah wrote:
And the idiot Replubicans can't understand why so many are on food stamps, but it's Obama 's fault, the food stamp king! What a bunch of sheep.
I'm confused. "The idiot REPUBLICANS (correct spelling, fyi) can't understand why so many are on food stamps but it's Obamas fault". Republicans want people off of food stamps, not on them. Your statement contradicts itself. It is Obamas fault so many people are on food stamps. He has ran this country into the damn ground. People who still blame Bush are crazy. Obama has had 4 years to fix the issues but he has made them 10 times worse. Please explain what you mean.

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