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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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