Skip to comments.Black Friday Begins (Early): Walmart Workers Already Striking in at Least Seven States
Posted on 11/22/2012 11:31:32 PM PST by matt04
A year and a half after retail workers announced the founding of a new Walmart employee group, five months after guest workers struck a Walmart seafood supplier, and seven weeks after the countrys first multi-store Walmart strikes, the Black Friday strike has begun.
Expectations are high for a historic strike. Given Walmarts role as the dominant employer of our era, the current wave of work stoppages is already among the countrys most consequential twenty-first century strikes. But in interviews this month, workers and organizers described todays actions as a turning point, not a climax, in their struggle against the retail giant. This is the beginning of something said Dan Schlademan, a United Food & Commercial Workers union official who directs the allied group Making Change at Walmart. This is a new permanent reality for Walmart 2012 is the beginning of the season where retail workers are going to start to stand up.
Theres going to be more days that were going to strike, said Rozier, and its not going to stop. Im not going to stop until they respect us and give us what we want.
(Excerpt) Read more at thenation.com ...
Lets state the obvious, the ONLY reason the UFCW wants WamlMart to be unionized is to get millions in union dues. WalMart employs approx 1 million people in the US. Multiple that by say 7$/wk per employee. That's approx 364 MILLION in new Union dues the UFCW. That;s 364 MILLION that Walmart Employees won't have to pay for gas, food, heat, etc.
Maybe the strikers should take a quick look how "give us what we want" worked out the Hostess.
Close those stores and go elsewhere.
I don’t know if I would strike such a large employer during terrible economic times. You can be replaced **snap** like that! There are probably 3 or 400 people wanting your job.
I should add, I posted this when I got back from Black Friday shopping. On more than one occasion the WalMart strike came up wile waiting in lines. No sympathy at all.
You work retail, expect Black Friday, Christmas Eve, day before Thanksgiving (grocery), etc. to be busy and spend time away from home.
They are practically on strike, or at least a slow down, every day. I usually avoid that place because the cashiers at some of them take their sweet time with each customer.
>> You can be replaced **snap** like that!
State law and violence might get in the way.
I saw a tweet claiming that WM expects the strike to be .0003 percent of their workforce. I wonder how many “community activists” will show up and be counted as “striking WalMart workers” by the UFCW and MSM.
Look for the union to trot the workers who walked off the job on Black Friday and got fired and claim it was unfair.
Fools and thugs.
They don’t have to take the job if they don’t want it. No one is twisting their arm.
And would someone please explain to me why putting cans on a shelf, clothes on a rack, doors on a car, or twinkies in a truck MEANS that the guy paying you to do that should also pay for your kid to have doctor visits? Why shouldn’t they also have to pay for your car insurance? House insurance?
Why, why, why? Someone tell me why.
Yay. More job openings for those who need a second 29 hour job!!
I’m going to get a job application, :p
From the article:
Retail employees will have back-up from Occupy activists, womens and consumer groups, and Walmart warehouse workers.
The Nation is to the left of MSNBC. I’ll go out on a limb and say that our local SuperCenter in downstate Illinois will NOT have picketers or walk offs. Jobs are too scarce around here. I’m kind of embarrassed to say that I live in a poor part of the county, so I’m fairly certain that the Wal Mart employees are more concerned with remaining employed than in getting ink from fish wrap like the Nation..
Try more like $20-30 per week, per employees, or a BILLION DOLLARS more for SEIU-based Democrat political activity.
WHY are you up? It's 3 in the morning?
Don't tell me you were shopping at Wal Mart. :-)
Likely the most astute post on this thread yet. Well done.
Nobody really knows except that it got started due to FDR's wage and price controls in WWII. Employers could do it instead of raising their salaries/wages above the arbitrary controls.
The only POTUS to do it since FDR was RMNixon... A Repellican!!!
I think my brain is starting to work, I beat the triptophan... I pretended to nap for a while... I win!
Oh my aching stuffed belly
Your attitude indicates to me that you expect WalMart workers to be your slaves, toadies and beyotches. Me-— I could care less if they strike and inconvenience people because I am not going there on Black Friday or most other places. It’s all about me dennisw!!! so I don’t care same as you and WalMart workers. Me! Me! Me! Me! Getting to lord over your inferiors
Ever see the yelp restaurant reviews? The women are the most critical about service etc and everything. They figure if they pay they get to rent a smiling rent_a_slave. Connect the dots my FRiend.
I don't know about you but with all of them "watching my 6" its move forward with confidence! /s
“The Nation”, LMBO!!!
Yeah, this phoney baloney attempt at propaganda will work, lol!
I shopped at my local Walmart just tonight and there were at least thirty new employees there, all wearing those new yellow shirts to distinguish them from the blue-shirted long-time employees. Not a striker in sight! Only about a million shoppers.
I’m wondering here...would it blow their little heads up if I went into the local WalMart and bought...ammo?
>> Why, why, why? Someone tell me why.
Equally perplexed; thus, my comment about State law that 2DV clarified wasn’t a factor.
I don’t get it. Almost seems like a “Strike” game is be played by both the employer and employees.
Maybe enrolling and training is a factor in the timing of the strike. I’d image, however, there are plenty of unemployed folks that can be brought up to speed real fast.
See post #23.
I guarantee you, the regular long-time employees are looking around and seeing scores of new holiday temps who would gladly take their jobs. The yellow-shirted temps were all over the place tonight.
LOL! (You're good!)
I went to target when they opened at 9 - it was completely nuts but all of the employees were wearing smiles and were in a better mood than usual.
Bought the kid an ipod and used the $40 gift card combined with their 1/2 off toy deals to work an $80 contribution to Toys for Tots. Figured an hour of my time was worth a $80 in gifts for others so I did it.
It was my first "black-whatever" sale and I concur that the people in there are nuts - me included :)
Yay. More job openings for those who need a second 29 hour job!!
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Best thing Walmart can do is IMMEDIATELY replace the strikers, in areas where needed hire security and if if gets bad shut the facility down.
Won’t take a whole lot of firings and shutdowns to bring the goons to their collective knees.
“Twinkie” may just be the best thing that happened for Walmarts sake as it showed Management can have some backbone and not be intimidated.
Enough people get canned and you will see a change in attitude.
Even the ‘food stamp crowd’ may see the difference in the $1. bread at Walmart vs 2.25 + elsewhere..
Surprised Govt hasn’t intervened and make the ‘big box’ stores raise prices in areas - much like some states did with gas stations.
They make the people like Walmart/grocery stores with gas sell for a range with the local area to ‘protect’ the local businesses.
I remember when gas stations would have giveaways to get you inside the door - And was quite taken aback when seeing such signs as ‘we sell for the cheapest price the law allows’...
I would imagine that since I am paying the rent, buying the product, paying taxes etc I should be able to give away cigarettes, gasoline or whatever is legally mine, bought and paid for.
But I can’t.....
Walmart should take this as the perfect reason to never, ever unionize.
That’s funny. I was *this* close to doing the 9:00 Target-first-time-in-my-life thing, too.
I MAY go out tomorrow. But I have a different mission. I’m going to go into LOCAL shops....just to see what’s to be had.
From now on, anyone who is on strike gets to be called a Twinkie!!
It’s true, we no longer have free market capitalism
One couple, each working 32 hours a week at Walmart takes home about $24,000 according to their interview.
Good to know. If a person wants those jobs they should be able to get them from someone who doesn’t/
Oh my aching stuffed belly
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Oh how selfish....<: <: <:
You should have foregone YOUR meal, had PBJ samwitches on 2 day old bread, and had beans and rice for the main meal.
I am sure that is what was served at the White Hut for the pResident and his family after spending a hard day handing out food to the starving masses.
Funny how a turkey at Thanksgiving and Christmas is supposed to be meaningful (I know every little bit helps) but if I were the pRez and other pols, I would be working to see that people would become more self sufficient.
Saw on the tube the other night all the people ‘fawning’ and sighing orgasmistically about what a wonderful, great man the pResident is, taking time from his busy schedule (can’t make this stuff up folks) to come down here and make sure I have a turkey.
Much the same as M. Lewinskys parents - after hearing their daughter was a ‘receptacle’ for #1 -
‘I never imagined that MY daughter would get a chance to meat(sic) the President’.
I live about 30 miles southwest of Minneapolis, past me is all farm land - I have no idea where all of these people came from!
You know what might be fun .... Show up during these "sales" and slip things in peoples carts when they aren't looking. Think of some of the embarrassment one could cause with simple pharmacy items :~)
I would never do that .... but just imagine
Awesome. Fire them, hire people willing to work. If no one is willing to work shut down.
GO HOSTESS TWINKIE on them!
I worked retail for several years. I knew that it would require certain sacrifices if I wanted to make a living, including nights, weekends, holidays, storms, etc.
What state laws?They don't need any stinkin' state laws. They have a friend in the White House who will support them, regardless of the law.
poor turkey gets pardoned and then euthanized... probably better off eaten like they are bred for!
too bad liberals would breed a society of slaves for the master government than wanting people to be free
When I left a PT union job a few years ago it dues were 7 and charge to start, but went up to $8. FT employees were seething like $18.
I love a good union busting.
You are SO bad! LOL!!! You've DONE it, haven't you? HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!
That works out to $7.21 per hour by my calcs.
When I got out of the Navy and started college, I worked at a funeral home for $1.60 per hour, plus an apartment over the place. That was minimum wage at the time. They gave me 40 hours every week, and I got to wear nice suits and drive a really big Cadillac! I started selling their funeral plots on commission, and made about a hundred times as much!
Walmart has an obligation to it's owners and shareholders, not it's employees. They are able to go start their own business if they don't wish to accept what their employer wants to pay. Others will gladly take their place. It is not rocket science!
"Water seeks it's own level!"
... a "new" inlet on Hatteras Island. Betcha it's been there before!
I'm a simple man living in "fly-over" country - we don't do that stuff :~)