Will OUR walmart picket?
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wally world

Osceola, MO

#1 Nov 21, 2012
I wonder if our little walmart will have picketers out front or quitters?

If they have good reason too, I hope they do!
would be funny

United States

#2 Nov 21, 2012
I hope they do. Our Walmart is already horrible. Can't say I would blame them.
Bubba Leroy Artifus Jones

Jefferson City, MO

#3 Nov 21, 2012
I hope that the workers picket, so they can all get fired. That way other people that need a job can move right in. If the workers want to picket than fire all of their ass's. Sometimes it takes the loss of their sitiation to face reality. What a deal get fired right before Christmas.
Bubba Leroy Artifus Jones

Jefferson City, MO

#4 Nov 21, 2012
Hell go ahead and picket, if they get fired they can always blame President Obama for the loss of their jobs.

Since: Feb 11

United States

#5 Nov 22, 2012
A half century ago America’s largest private-sector employer was General Motors, whose full-time workers earned an average hourly wage of around $50, in today’s dollars, including health and pension benefits.

Today, America’s largest employer is Walmart, whose average employee earns $8.81 an hour. A third of Walmart’s employees work less than 28 hours per week and don’t qualify for benefits.

There are many reasons for the difference – including globalization and technological changes that have shrunk employment in American manufacturing while enlarging it in sectors involving personal services, such as retail.

But one reason, closely related to this seismic shift, is the decline of labor unions in the United States. In the 1950s, over a third of private-sector workers belonged to a union. Today fewer than 7 percent do. As a result, the typical American worker no longer has the bargaining clout to get a sizeable share of corporate profits.

At the peak of its power and influence in the 1950s, the United Auto Workers could claim a significant portion of GM’s earnings for its members.

Walmart’s employees, by contrast, have no union to represent them. So they’ve had no means of getting much of the corporation’s earnings.

Walmart earned $16 billion last year (it just reported a 9 percent increase in earnings in the third quarter of 2012, to $3.6 billion), the lion’s share of which went instead to Walmart’s shareholders — including the family of its founder, Sam Walton, who earned on their Walmart stock more than the combined earnings of the bottom 40 percent of American workers.

Is this about to change? Despite decades of failed unionization attempts, Walmart workers are planning to strike or conduct some other form of protest outside at least 1,000 locations across the United States this Friday – so-called “Black Friday,” the biggest shopping day in America when the Christmas holiday buying season begins.

At the very least, the action gives Walmart employees a chance to air their grievances in public – not only lousy wages (as low at $8 an hour) but also unsafe and unsanitary working conditions, excessive hours, and sexual harassment. The result is bad publicity for the company exactly when it wants the public to think of it as Santa Claus. And the threatened strike, the first in 50 years, is gaining steam.

The company is fighting back. It has filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board to preemptively ban the Black Friday strikes. The complaint alleges that the pickets are illegal “representational” picketing designed to win recognition for the United Food & Commercial Workers (UFCW) union. Walmart’s workers say they’re protesting unfair labor practices rather than acting on behalf of the UFCW. If a court sides with Walmart, it could possibly issue an injunction blocking Black Friday’s pickets.

What happens at Walmart will have consequences extending far beyond the company. Other big box retailers are watching carefully. Walmart is their major competitor. Its pay scale and working conditions set the standard.

More broadly, the widening inequality reflected in the gap between the pay of Walmart workers and the returns to Walmart investors, including the Walton fammily, haunts the American economy.

Consumer spending is 70 percent of economic activity, but consumers are also workers. And as income and wealth continue to concentrate at the top, and the median wage continues to drop – it’s now 8 percent lower than it was in 2000 – a growing portion of the American workforce lacks the purchasing power to get the economy back to speed. Without a vibrant and growing middle class, Walmart itself won’t have the customers it needs.

Most new jobs in America are in personal services like retail, with low pay and bad hours. According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the average full-time retail worker earns between $18,000 and $21,000 per year.
more..
http://robertreich.org/post/36219730368
Fed Up Citizen

Chesterfield, MO

#6 Nov 22, 2012
Walmart emeployee's have needed to go union for a long time!
David Mullins

Trenton, MI

#7 Nov 22, 2012
The funny thing about this is that I have about a dozen friends from 4 different Walmarts that all say the place is good to work at. Two were managers with good benefits less that 8 months after they hired in. They all say it's a fun place to work at. One thing they say is that you need to do your work. If you do your work, don't slack off, don't just stand there, you'll move up in rank, wage and benefits rather quickly. If you're the type of person who acts like you don't really want to be there, and it shows, you'll be a stocker or a cashier the rest of your life.

Before you form an opinion of what it's like to work at Walmart, talk to a few people who actually do work there.
enough

United States

#8 Nov 22, 2012
I am an employee at Walmart. If you picket you are a dummy. Walmart said what they would pay when they hired you. It is the largest retailer in the world. Guess what... that means people will have to work on black Friday. If you would weather be unemployed than to work for the company who employs 1 percent of the population then strike. Do you know why Walmart is the largest retailer in yhr world. Low prices and a good business model. An average of 10 percent cheaper than any other competitor. Walmart will not bow to anything union which is why grove has jobs and cheap gas. The last thing I remember doing was killing the Twinkies and probably the bread store will take a hit to. Unions are poison.
enough

United States

#9 Nov 22, 2012
Fed Up Citizen wrote:
Walmart emeployee's have needed to go union for a long time!
that may be the single mist stupid thing I have ever heard. Walmart keeps this town alive. The governmeent has already unionized everyone who works over 32 hours which is why we are all part time. In a union the best case scenario for a worker is they get paid more money and walmart raises prices so they can afford union wages. Then country mart is cheaper, people already hate Walmart so they go to country mart and Walmart. Has to sell the property. And go someplace.where unions run the busiinedd owners..
looking

Nixa, MO

#10 Nov 23, 2012
well did they walk?
haha

United States

#11 Nov 23, 2012
'bargaining clout'
what a bunch of b.s.! There is no way someone with only barely a high school education should be making $50 per hour bolting parts on a car-- pfft!
unions = organized thuggery
Bubba Leroy Artifus Jones

Jefferson City, MO

#12 Nov 23, 2012
Fed Up Citizen wrote:
Walmart emeployee's have needed to go union for a long time!
Than when they vote to go Union fire them all, and hire new workers.
Bubba Leroy Artifus Jones

Jefferson City, MO

#13 Nov 23, 2012
The American worker is the reason most corporations are going overseas, or hiring illegals to fill their workforce. Americans are typically lazy and don't want to work. It wouldn't matter if you paid the average American worker $50.00 an hour they would just bitch for more, and still be lazy.
old school

Lenexa, KS

#14 Nov 23, 2012
sure would like to see some mom & pop stores come back.Like back in the day when, a coke was a coke.

Since: Feb 11

United States

#15 Nov 24, 2012
http://www.democraticunderground.com/10021876...

“The Democratic Staff of the Committee on Education and the Workforce estimates that one 200-person Wal-Mart store may result in a cost to federal taxpayers of $420,750 per year – about $2,103 per employee. Specifically, the low wages result in the following additional public costs being passed along to taxpayers:

$36,000 a year for free and reduced lunches for just 50 qualifying Wal-Mart families.
$42,000 a year for Section 8 housing assistance, assuming 3 percent of the store employees qualify for such assistance, at $6,700 per family.
$125,000 a year for federal tax credits and deductions for low-income families, assuming 50 employees are heads of household with a child and 50 are married with two children.
$100,000 a year for the additional Title I expenses, assuming 50 Wal-Mart families qualify with an average of 2 children.
$108,000 a year for the additional federal health care costs of moving into state children’s health insurance programs (S-CHIP), assuming 30 employees with an average of two children qualify.
$9,750 a year for the additional costs for low income energy assistance.”
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not to mention all of the tax avoidance schemes that send tax money to their subsidiaries.
enough

United States

#16 Nov 24, 2012
You are the problem with this country. Of.course the Democratic vomited will blame government spending on people who have jobs. They don't want any jobs. I nor any of my coworkers receive such benefits. Healthcare is provided by Walmart to full-time employees not provided by the government but by Walmart as is federal law. Part time employees do not apply. News flash dummy I am part time alone and do not qualify for free healthcare foodstamps energy assistance or Hud. If I quit my job the government would pay me more than I make now and that is the problem. The government has people. Like you thinking that having a job is bad for the economy. Unless of course you unionized and force stupid wages on an employee which also kills jobs. Just think about what your preaching.
Loco Yocal

Ozark, MO

#17 Nov 24, 2012
Hay 1 watt democommie ! Whuts rong wit u boy! U need to read ur bible and joyn the republicun partie. If u hav a bissness u want to make as much as u can so u hire workers a cheep as u can. republicans beleive workersdont have rites an shoud be more like a slave. unions are for commies like u boy. it aint nobodies buseness how much money rich people makes. rich people makes ALL the jobs anyways and unions steels theyer money and thas y they send job to china. we need to get wages down to mexico china level to compeet. u dont deseerv helthkare an rtiremunt benafits emplowyers shunt have to be forsed to pay for all that stuff. u union commies maes me SICK. GO back to RUSSIA COMMIE. U cost us our TWINKIES!
enough

United States

#18 Nov 24, 2012
haha wrote:
'bargaining clout'
what a bunch of b.s.! There is no way someone with only barely a high school education should be making $50 per hour bolting parts on a car-- pfft!
unions = organized thuggery
you should choose your words more carefully. Insulting the working class is bad practice. I am antiunion but in my opinion you can go fix your own damn tires if you think that little of my practice. Or are you so damn dependant that youde rather.pay the ten dollars to have someone else.do.it. just what are you getting at? Mabey you do need to pay union prices for your work. High-school educations are given by teachers unions did you know that? So you think we should be taught to by a union before we are.allowed to have a.job. from every low wage earner I know I'd like to give you a big handfull of shit for you to go write on the wall with.
enough

United States

#19 Nov 24, 2012
haha wrote:
'bargaining clout'
what a bunch of b.s.! There is no way someone with only barely a high school education should be making $50 per hour bolting parts on a car-- pfft!
unions = organized thuggery
I dropped out of highschool to go to work and whip your ass I'm any test that had to do with real intelligence. Albert Einstein dropped out and split the atom. Perhaps you read about the atomic bomb your senior year? Big boom? Ring any bells? Can you even begin to comprehend the magnitude of intellect it took to create a device that.could rip an atom in half? Minimum wage workers run everything you know about existance. We build this country when its easier to just quit. You know who else done this? Slaves. But I suppose they was just a bunch of dumbasses who didn't deserve any better right?
Loco Yocal

Ozark, MO

#20 Nov 24, 2012
enough wrote:
<quoted text> I dropped out of highschool to go to work and whip your ass I'm any test that had to do with real intelligence. Albert Einstein dropped out and split the atom. Perhaps you read about the atomic bomb your senior year? Big boom? Ring any bells? Can you even begin to comprehend the magnitude of intellect it took to create a device that.could rip an atom in half? Minimum wage workers run everything you know about existance. We build this country when its easier to just quit. You know who else done this? Slaves. But I suppose they was just a bunch of dumbasses who didn't deserve any better right?
ur a jenyus! i got taut by union teechers to. they suk! i get all my tellejunce from FOX news! i don need all tht histery seiense math an enlish stuff tawerk for 8 bux an hour. hell i bet einstein was a republicun too. hay! whut r we gona do without our twinkies. time o kick sum union asses.

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