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.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.
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.