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Black Friday Begins (Early): Walmart Workers Already Striking in at Least Seven States
The Nation ^

Posted on 11/22/2012 11:31:32 PM PST by matt04

It’s on.

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 country’s first multi-store Walmart strikes, the Black Friday strike has begun.

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Expectations are high for a historic strike. Given Walmart’s role as the dominant employer of our era, the current wave of work stoppages is already among the country’s most consequential twenty-first century strikes. But in interviews this month, workers and organizers described today’s 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.”

“There’s going to be more days that we’re going to strike,” said Rozier, “and it’s not going to stop. I’m not going to stop until they respect us and give us what we want.”

(Excerpt) Read more at thenation.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: blackfriday; blackriday; ufcw; unions; walmart
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“There’s going to be more days that we’re going to strike,” said Rozier, “and it’s not going to stop. I’m not going to stop until they respect us and give us what we want.”

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.

1 posted on 11/22/2012 11:31:44 PM PST by matt04
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To: matt04

Close those stores and go elsewhere.


2 posted on 11/22/2012 11:35:25 PM PST by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! True supporters of our troops pray for their victory!)
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To: matt04

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.


3 posted on 11/22/2012 11:37:18 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass.)
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To: matt04

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.


4 posted on 11/22/2012 11:37:56 PM PST by matt04
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To: matt04

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.


5 posted on 11/22/2012 11:39:03 PM PST by Greg123456 (Don't make me open a can of monster.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

>> You can be replaced **snap** like that!

State law and violence might get in the way.


6 posted on 11/22/2012 11:40:50 PM PST by Gene Eric (Demoralization is a weapon of the enemy. Don't get it, don't spread it!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

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.


7 posted on 11/22/2012 11:42:16 PM PST by matt04
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To: Gene Eric
What state laws? There are no Wal-Mart union shops. Employees can be fired at will. Especially for tardiness or absence.
8 posted on 11/22/2012 11:43:05 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Look for the union to trot the workers who walked off the job on Black Friday and got fired and claim it was unfair.


9 posted on 11/22/2012 11:46:40 PM PST by matt04
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To: matt04

Fools and thugs.


10 posted on 11/22/2012 11:50:13 PM PST by onyx (FREE REPUBLIC IS HERE TO STAY! DONATE MONTHLY! IF YOU WANT ON SARAH PALIN''S PING LIST, LET ME KNOW)
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To: Gene Eric

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.


11 posted on 11/22/2012 11:52:32 PM PST by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! True supporters of our troops pray for their victory!)
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To: matt04

Yay. More job openings for those who need a second 29 hour job!!


12 posted on 11/22/2012 11:54:45 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I’m going to get a job application, :p


13 posted on 11/22/2012 11:55:50 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: matt04

From the article:

Retail employees will have back-up from Occupy activists, women’s and consumer groups, and Walmart warehouse workers.


14 posted on 11/22/2012 11:56:25 PM PST by Bradís Gramma (Psalm 83)
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To: matt04

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..


15 posted on 11/22/2012 11:57:04 PM PST by cardinal4 (WTF happened?)
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To: matt04

$7???
Try more like $20-30 per week, per employees, or a BILLION DOLLARS more for SEIU-based Democrat political activity.


16 posted on 11/22/2012 11:57:34 PM PST by tcrlaf (Well, it is what the Sheeple voted for....)
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To: xzins
Why, why, why? Someone tell me why.

WHY are you up? It's 3 in the morning?

Don't tell me you were shopping at Wal Mart. :-)

17 posted on 11/22/2012 11:58:28 PM PST by P-Marlowe (There can be no Victory without a fight and no battle without wounds.)
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To: GeronL
Yay. More job openings for those who need a second 29 hour job!!

Likely the most astute post on this thread yet. Well done.

18 posted on 11/22/2012 11:58:37 PM PST by ProfoundMan (Time to finish the Reagan Revolution!)
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To: xzins
"Why, why, why? Someone tell me why."

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!!!

19 posted on 11/23/2012 12:00:48 AM PST by SierraWasp (Welcome to the next 50 months of an unprecedebted lame duck session!!!)
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To: ProfoundMan

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


20 posted on 11/23/2012 12:01:05 AM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: matt04

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.


21 posted on 11/23/2012 12:02:19 AM PST by dennisw ( The first principle is to find out who you are then you can achieve anything -- Buddhist monk)
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To: Brad's Gramma
"Retail employees will have back-up from Occupy activists, women’s and consumer groups, and Walmart warehouse workers."

I don't know about you but with all of them "watching my 6" its move forward with confidence! /s

LOL :~)

22 posted on 11/23/2012 12:02:29 AM PST by voteNRA (A citizenry armed with rifles simply cannot be tyrannized)
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To: matt04

“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.


23 posted on 11/23/2012 12:04:30 AM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: voteNRA

I’m wondering here...would it blow their little heads up if I went into the local WalMart and bought...ammo?


24 posted on 11/23/2012 12:04:38 AM PST by Bradís Gramma (Psalm 83)
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To: xzins; 2ndDivisionVet

>> 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.


25 posted on 11/23/2012 12:07:31 AM PST by Gene Eric (Demoralization is a weapon of the enemy. Don't get it, don't spread it!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
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.

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.

26 posted on 11/23/2012 12:09:09 AM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: GeronL
Yay. More job openings for those who need a second 29 hour job!!

LOL! (You're good!)

27 posted on 11/23/2012 12:11:03 AM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: Brad's Gramma
Probably would ... give it a shot!

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 :)

28 posted on 11/23/2012 12:13:08 AM PST by voteNRA (A citizenry armed with rifles simply cannot be tyrannized)
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To: GeronL

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.....


29 posted on 11/23/2012 12:13:43 AM PST by xrmusn (6/98 "Hope in one hand and $hiite in the other and see which fills up first".)
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To: matt04

Walmart should take this as the perfect reason to never, ever unionize.


30 posted on 11/23/2012 12:14:21 AM PST by wastedyears (I don't want to live on this planet anymore.)
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To: voteNRA

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.


31 posted on 11/23/2012 12:18:00 AM PST by Bradís Gramma (Psalm 83)
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To: xrmusn

From now on, anyone who is on strike gets to be called a Twinkie!!


32 posted on 11/23/2012 12:19:35 AM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: matt04
Maybe the strikers should take a quick look how "give us what we want" worked out the Hostess.

It still might. Then Obama takes over Hostess like he did with GM for the UAW workers the unions still may win.

The whole country is waiting for their snacks to be made by unions thugs. Sheesh....
33 posted on 11/23/2012 12:20:33 AM PST by JSteff (ALL about SCOTUS tonight. We are DOOMED for a generation or more. Who cares? The Dems care!)
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To: xrmusn

bump

It’s true, we no longer have free market capitalism


34 posted on 11/23/2012 12:20:41 AM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: GeronL; All

One couple, each working 32 hours a week at Walmart takes home about $24,000 according to their interview.


35 posted on 11/23/2012 12:22:08 AM PST by gleeaikin
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To: gleeaikin

Good to know. If a person wants those jobs they should be able to get them from someone who doesn’t/

:p


36 posted on 11/23/2012 12:25:58 AM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: GeronL

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’.


37 posted on 11/23/2012 12:27:42 AM PST by xrmusn (6/98 "Hope in one hand and $hiite in the other and see which fills up first".)
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To: Brad's Gramma
I've never seen "my" Target so busy, I mean the lot was completely full and the lines were threaded through the grocery isles 20 back from the front.

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

38 posted on 11/23/2012 12:27:50 AM PST by voteNRA (A citizenry armed with rifles simply cannot be tyrannized)
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To: matt04

Awesome. Fire them, hire people willing to work. If no one is willing to work shut down.

GO HOSTESS TWINKIE on them!


39 posted on 11/23/2012 12:27:58 AM PST by SoFloFreeper
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To: dennisw

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.


40 posted on 11/23/2012 12:30:10 AM PST by matt04
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
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.
41 posted on 11/23/2012 12:32:37 AM PST by Johnny B.
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To: xrmusn

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


42 posted on 11/23/2012 12:33:27 AM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: matt04
Add to the first sentence of this article: "Approximately 2 weeks after 0bama's re-election and immediate sit-down with Union thugs, a plot was hatched to hasten the shut down of America's private sector (including many iconic American companies), paving the way for government takeover of all affected industries."
43 posted on 11/23/2012 12:33:43 AM PST by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America (IMPEACH OBAMA)
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To: tcrlaf

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.


44 posted on 11/23/2012 12:34:02 AM PST by matt04
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To: matt04

I love a good union busting.


45 posted on 11/23/2012 12:34:32 AM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: voteNRA
I would never do that .... but just imagine

You are SO bad! LOL!!! You've DONE it, haven't you? HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

46 posted on 11/23/2012 12:34:46 AM PST by Bradís Gramma (Psalm 83)
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To: gleeaikin; GeronL
One couple, each working 32 hours a week at Walmart takes home about $24,000 according to their interview.

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!

47 posted on 11/23/2012 12:40:19 AM PST by WVKayaker ("Mitt Romney couldn't keep up with lies and spin of Barack Obama" - Sarah Palin 10/24)
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To: Brad's Gramma
Won't admit to it and I would never play "interested tourist" on the day before Christmas and stop at the bottom of the escalator to "look around" while at the Mall of America.

I'm a simple man living in "fly-over" country - we don't do that stuff :~)

48 posted on 11/23/2012 12:41:47 AM PST by voteNRA (A citizenry armed with rifles simply cannot be tyrannized)
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To: matt04

49 posted on 11/23/2012 12:45:05 AM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: WVKayaker

bump


50 posted on 11/23/2012 12:45:11 AM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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