Walmart employee walk-out tonight?!
TheSingingAccoun tant

Garden City, MI

#21 Nov 23, 2012
Thanksgiving wrote:
You know, it must be bad to have to work on Thanksgiving and the long hours during black friday, but, I know several people who would be willing to it because they have been searching for a job for months/year. You know what you are gettig yourself into, when you work at a place like Wal-mart. It is opened 24 hours a day and they are known for thier black friday sales. If it were me, I would welcome the overtime, MORE MONEY.
I don't think I would do a walk out, there are alot of people out there that will be willin to take your place.
Re-read that comment of yours. You say you know people who would happily take this job because they've been unemployed for a long time--in other words, they're desperate. Did it ever occur to you that maybe some of the current Walmart employees are there because they were once desperate for a job? Did it ever occur to you that some of those employees might be college graduates who can't find work in their fields? And getting paid for a few extra hours of work is poor compensation for losing time with your family so you can work a miserable, thankless job that offers poverty-level wages and few or no benefits.

If your situation is so dire that you're willing to accept conditions like this just to survive, think carefully. WHY are you willing to settle for this garbage? The people who hand out this garbage are obscenely rich because they've been exploiting people in this fashion for years. The Walton family controls as much money as the bottom 40% of Americans. The six highest heirs to the Walton empire have more money between them than the bottom 30% of Americans. And they got that rich by taking more and more from the very people who did all the work for them, until the majority of them are reduced to penury. If you lived like this, you might not be so okay with it. You might even get angry enough to be willing to risk losing your job because you were willing to stand up for yourself and refuse to be treated with disrespect and hostility.

These people walked out and risked losing their jobs because they wanted to make a powerful statement to everyone. Walmart's management would certainly notice millions of dollars' worth of lost revenue on the biggest shopping day of the year, and the media (and, by extension, the general public) would notice so many striking workers at once. Yes, these people might all get fired and replaced, but they might be able to scare management into making things a bit better to avoid having something like this happen again. I fully support the efforts of the workers to improve their conditions.
The unknown

New York, NY

#22 Nov 23, 2012
TheSingingAccountant wrote:
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Re-read that comment of yours. You say you know people who would happily take this job because they've been unemployed for a long time--in other words, they're desperate. Did it ever occur to you that maybe some of the current Walmart employees are there because they were once desperate for a job? Did it ever occur to you that some of those employees might be college graduates who can't find work in their fields? And getting paid for a few extra hours of work is poor compensation for losing time with your family so you can work a miserable, thankless job that offers poverty-level wages and few or no benefits.
If your situation is so dire that you're willing to accept conditions like this just to survive, think carefully. WHY are you willing to settle for this garbage? The people who hand out this garbage are obscenely rich because they've been exploiting people in this fashion for years. The Walton family controls as much money as the bottom 40% of Americans. The six highest heirs to the Walton empire have more money between them than the bottom 30% of Americans. And they got that rich by taking more and more from the very people who did all the work for them, until the majority of them are reduced to penury. If you lived like this, you might not be so okay with it. You might even get angry enough to be willing to risk losing your job because you were willing to stand up for yourself and refuse to be treated with disrespect and hostility.
These people walked out and risked losing their jobs because they wanted to make a powerful statement to everyone. Walmart's management would certainly notice millions of dollars' worth of lost revenue on the biggest shopping day of the year, and the media (and, by extension, the general public) would notice so many striking workers at once. Yes, these people might all get fired and replaced, but they might be able to scare management into making things a bit better to avoid having something like this happen again. I fully support the efforts of the workers to improve their conditions.
You are right!
AgreeAgree

Adel, GA

#23 Nov 23, 2012
To the SingingAccountant - I certainly agree. You never prosper in the end when you get ahead by hurting someone else. That is just good teaching and learning! It seems very few people realize this, but it is true. To the mistreated Walmart employees and other mistreated employees everywhere, my hat is off to you and a pat on the back.
apps in stacks

Columbia, KY

#24 Nov 23, 2012
The typical Walmart has a large number of applications on file. A walkout won't "scare" management into doing anything. What they will probably do is discharge those who failed to show up as scheduled, and hire some people who actually want to work as replacements. Sheesh, they aren't nuclear scientists, it is a retail store -someone else can be doing that job in a day or so.
Bobby Joe

Mount Pleasant, IA

#25 Nov 23, 2012
The union bosses just want more members so there will be more dues money for them to get their hands on
SusieQ

Fitzgerald, GA

#26 Nov 23, 2012
apps in stacks wrote:
The typical Walmart has a large number of applications on file. A walkout won't "scare" management into doing anything. What they will probably do is discharge those who failed to show up as scheduled, and hire some people who actually want to work as replacements. Sheesh, they aren't nuclear scientists, it is a retail store -someone else can be doing that job in a day or so.
your attitude is exactly what's wrong. If a nuclear scientists went missing for a week,you wouldn't know. Let wm employees walk off for a week,see what you would say if the shelves were empty.I don't agree with wm business pracices but the remark you made is uncalled for, these people are necessary to the everyday life
conservative taxpayer

United States

#27 Nov 23, 2012
Walmart is low prices. How? They use low operating cost and sell large amounts. Union workers with high wages and fringe benefits stocking the shelves would cause higher prices. Higher prices would lead to less sells that benefits the public. I go to walmart and other box stores for low prices.
These are the jobs for young, folks going to college or the ones that fall between the cracks. College grads have no business stocking shelves unless they can't find a job in their area of study.
Folks now the job and pay when applying, if was so great somewhere else why did they take the job.
Do a little research

United States

#28 Nov 23, 2012
For everyone bashing Wal Mart did you know that Wal Mart has the lowest turnover of any national retail chain? They are a good 7 percent lower than the national average. Did you also know that if they paid their workers $13 per hour as the union backing this supposed walkout wants them to do that everything that you buy at Wal Mart would cost considerably more as well as the things that you buy at Kmart Target and other retailers as Wal Mart is the biggest and once they get Wal Mart to cave to their tactics the other retailers will have to follow suit with wages and cost increases to cover these wages. It all goes I guess to the dream that Wal Mart and these other companies should just absorb the extra cost and keep the prices low because it is the right thing to do but who do you think that Wal Mart is trying to impress with high profit and a good margin? Well that would be Wall Street analysts who advise people to buy stock and yes that is the same Wall Street folks that our President Obama bailed out with billions a few years ago. Let Wal Mart or any other rtailer not make their earnings expectations and see what happens to them just look at how far K Mart has fallen and JC Penney not to mention the ones who have fallen out completely such as T G and Y, among others.
SusieQ

Ashburn, GA

#29 Nov 24, 2012
when you make a toy for 17 cent and sell for 14.97,what do you call that
RealityBites

United States

#30 Nov 24, 2012
SusieQ wrote:
when you make a toy for 17 cent and sell for 14.97,what do you call that
Pure genius.

Capitalism at its finest.

The American way.
RealityBites

United States

#31 Nov 24, 2012
SusieQ wrote:
<quoted text>your attitude is exactly what's wrong. If a nuclear scientists went missing for a week,you wouldn't know. Let wm employees walk off for a week,see what you would say if the shelves were empty.I don't agree with wm business pracices but the remark you made is uncalled for, these people are necessary to the everyday life
Wal-Mart workers are necessary, but they are easily replaced. Not so with nuclear scientists, who would be missed as soon as things started getting out of whack at our power plants.

All humans have value, and all work deserves respect. But not all work is equal, and the simple fact remains that unskilled labor will not be as valued in society because anyone who is hungry and has a pulse can do it.
American money

Decatur, GA

#32 Nov 24, 2012
We shop at Publix, target and buy fuel from independent stations. Service our vehicles with the dealership. We hate Walmart and will pay more just not to shop at Walmart, most times we find what we need for less somewhere else than Walmart.
union sucks

Fitzgerald, GA

#33 Dec 2, 2012
It appears that most people do not understand the unions. Look at the UCFW that Obama bailed out and ask the retired auto motive union employees what happen to their retirement cut by 1 third and lost all medical benefits along with the united pilots union who lost all of their benefits also. UFCW just want 1.4 million Wal-Mart employees to pay them so the head asshole can live the good life. So Suzie Q. you better research your data cause Wal-Mart pays a lot more that the other retailers so why do you bash them?
SusieQ

London, KY

#34 Dec 2, 2012
I absolutly understand the union but it's the pot or the kettle mentality.The union is the very reason the auto industry was in trouble. The union members were/are making way to much per hour. As long as they continue to demand "perks" above what normal employees get then they must deal with the loss of retirement and hc benefits.
I completely get that the u.s. worker has demanded and gotten such increases in salaries,benfits, and other compensation that it is more feasible economically for companies to outsource.
At the same time how do you make companies like wm more employee friendly without the union.It appears the large companies cannot wslk the line between fair and honest.

Like I posted pot=kettle,you have people who want[demand]more than a fair living and those who don't want to pay a fair salary.Is the union the answer? I don't know but the answer is certainly not people receiving fs and mcd while working for a fortune 500 company.My dislike for the wm way is simply consumer driven. Everything in this town is almost out of business,you could buy fabric at wm as long as we had a fabric store. As soon as that went out of business,wm did away with fabric.Now people in cc as stuck going out of town. It is the same with lots of other products. You can no longer find them in town. As soon as the business closed their door,wm ceased carrying the merchandise.Most of what I purchase at WM can no longer be found in Douglas and who wants to drive 60 miles to get one item.
Simply Smart

United States

#35 Dec 4, 2012
I am pretty sure that Wal-Mart didn't quit selling fabric because they drove the fabric business out of business, they probably quit selling it for the same reason that the fabric shop went out of business(No profit in Fabric). If you don't like Wal Mart then don't buy from them it is just that simple. I personally like Wal Mart and shop there frequently for the lower prices that are obtained by keeping costs down.
SusieQ wrote:
I absolutly understand the union but it's the pot or the kettle mentality.The union is the very reason the auto industry was in trouble. The union members were/are making way to much per hour. As long as they continue to demand "perks" above what normal employees get then they must deal with the loss of retirement and hc benefits.
I completely get that the u.s. worker has demanded and gotten such increases in salaries,benfits, and other compensation that it is more feasible economically for companies to outsource.
At the same time how do you make companies like wm more employee friendly without the union.It appears the large companies cannot wslk the line between fair and honest.
Like I posted pot=kettle,you have people who want[demand]more than a fair living and those who don't want to pay a fair salary.Is the union the answer? I don't know but the answer is certainly not people receiving fs and mcd while working for a fortune 500 company.My dislike for the wm way is simply consumer driven. Everything in this town is almost out of business,you could buy fabric at wm as long as we had a fabric store. As soon as that went out of business,wm did away with fabric.Now people in cc as stuck going out of town. It is the same with lots of other products. You can no longer find them in town. As soon as the business closed their door,wm ceased carrying the merchandise.Most of what I purchase at WM can no longer be found in Douglas and who wants to drive 60 miles to get one item.
insider

Moultrie, GA

#36 Dec 4, 2012
Simply Smart wrote:
<quoted text>I am pretty sure that Wal-Mart didn't quit selling fabric because they drove the fabric business out of business, they probably quit selling it for the same reason that the fabric shop went out of business(No profit in Fabric). If you don't like Wal Mart then don't buy from them it is just that simple. I personally like Wal Mart and shop there frequently for the lower prices that are obtained by keeping costs down.
Wal-Mart did away with fabrics in most of there their stores when they decided to enlarge the floor area in each dept. They didn't just decide when Juani's closed because of her death to take out the fabrics. How stupid do you think we are? At the next renovation they are suppose to bring back the fabric dept. that should be within a year from now. Little Stitches in town sells fabric. If you are so against WM, then check out Little Stitches.
Amy

Pearson, GA

#37 Dec 4, 2012
Thanksgiving wrote:
You know, it must be bad to have to work on Thanksgiving and the long hours during black friday, but, I know several people who would be willing to it because they have been searching for a job for months/year. You know what you are gettig yourself into, when you work at a place like Wal-mart. It is opened 24 hours a day and they are known for thier black friday sales. If it were me, I would welcome the overtime, MORE MONEY.
I don't think I would do a walk out, there are alot of people out there that will be willin to take your place.
Sorry darlin..but Walmart doesnt do overtime.They are very stipulent as to how many hours you work there.They work you like a dog and the pay is shit.I worked there years ago.And it is still the same.You have to be at the time clock when you need to clock out at the end of your shift,and if you are a minute late clocking out,you will be written up.And I never got 40 hours a week they wouldnt allow it.
SusieQ

Moultrie, GA

#38 Dec 5, 2012
Simply Smart wrote:
I am pretty sure that Wal-Mart didn't quit selling fabric because they drove the fabric business out of business, they probably quit selling it for the same reason that the fabric shop went out of business(No profit in Fabric). If you don't like Wal Mart then don't buy from them it is just that simple. I personally like Wal Mart and shop there frequently for the lower prices that are obtained by keeping costs down.
<quoted text>
maybe you don't think that was the reason but I find it funny that when the fabric store on peterson went out of business the fabric at wm was gone.Juani died a long time before wm removed the fabric. As to how much fabric they sold,ask anyone who bought fabric about that. It was very rare to go into the fabric dept and find it empty of people however I did kno that they were bringing back fabric because they underestimated how much it brought into the store. According to the person I spoke with, most of what they removed with the renovation will return.

It makes me so happy that you like wm and shop there. IMO[which is the only one that counts with me]shop all you want but low prices is a thing of the past with them as well as others.I shop there also but only when i can't find it anywhere else. I began to shop there due to low prices but when Winn Dixie left,that sealed it for me. I would rather have quality and diverse selection than wm.If the town could get a do over,I bet wm wouldn't be here.As usual only IMO but thank God I still have that.
insider

Moultrie, GA

#39 Dec 5, 2012
Amy wrote:
<quoted text>Sorry darlin..but Walmart doesnt do overtime.They are very stipulent as to how many hours you work there.They work you like a dog and the pay is shit.I worked there years ago.And it is still the same.You have to be at the time clock when you need to clock out at the end of your shift,and if you are a minute late clocking out,you will be written up.And I never got 40 hours a week they wouldnt allow it.
Most hourly jobs don't work 40 hrs a week. They have to have some room for hours if needed without going over 40. Some salaried positions are less than 40 and if you get overtime it's at straight pay until you reach 40, then it's OT pay. Big stores like WM and KM are good for the the community because they do give back to the community to help others out.
jobs

Nashville, GA

#40 Dec 8, 2012
Devils Advocate wrote:
If I owned or managed a store and if any employee did not have the balls to talk to me in private and walked out on me on the busiest day of the year. That employee would be fired on the spot. Let him/her draw their check from the ones that talked them into walking out. I do not apprve of this crap and it just hurts everyone except the Mafia, who rules the unions and take billions in dues and really do nothing. Case closed. Ask the fired MLB umpires that wish they were back in the Major League. One monkey don't run the show. Union bosses should hae to shut down and get a real job.
jobs are hard to find

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