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.
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Oh Great! The nearest Walmart 46 miles away. Shopko Hometown is just a mile away. So sickening that the unions, just want to unionize Wally World.
Just thankful it is snowing up here in the UP of Michigan which will slow some of the idiots whom wanted to strike there. Yesterday 62 degrees for the high, by midnight down to 27.
Everyone in retail will be a “part timer” when ObamaCare kicks in, whether they work at Walmart or Macy’s. That way, the entire country can be on food stamps and vote Democrat in 2016.
Day time global warming.I ll take it
There are several problems with that reasoning.
1. Where employees and thought about unionizing, Walmart closed up shop, resulting in no union dues and people out of work.
2. Even if employees everywhere unionized and Walmart stayed in biz, there would be far fewer employees, fewer dues, and drastically higher grocery & other consumable costs.
Think we are struggling now with this economy, that would be the worst thing. If Walmart raises prices, so will everyone.
Precisely why these dork heads are working at Wal-Wart.
Roomer hs it that Twinkies will be produced in mexico soon.
Just heard on the radio the WalMart here in Mobile that had any activity had zero actual employees outside demonstrating....
What state laws? There are no Wal-Mart union shops. Employees can be fired at will. Especially for tardiness or absence.
In Right to Work states...Wal Mart can easily fire someone. But in “closed shop” states (unions)...even a non-union Wal Mart will face political and popular backlash that will hold them back on firing “striking” employees.
I wasn't planning to shop at Walmart, but I am resisting the urge to go over to the local Walmart to see if the picketers will try and stop me from entering the store.
Let’s see if management has the cojones to go pull the time cards for anybody that walks out and instead there’s a pink slip waiting for them when they come back in. If they use a computer system for their timekeeping, deny their access and hand them their termination letter.
In my 36 years at the same company, I knew that they could let me go anytime they felt like it. No gun to my head to stay on. Several times over the years we went without raises because they weren’t guaranteed for anyone. Some years we got good raises and I always said thanks. Not, “how come it’s not more?” whining. With more and more lay-offs in the near future, these folks should be happy to have jobs.
As far as being fired for lateness and tardiness, not sure how far the company has to go to track a history and build a case. It was pretty involved where I worked. I think it would be easier if they left the work area without permission to let em go.
Helping keep mankind warm for 65 years.
YOU NAILED IT!
Hammer met nail!
My grandfather was a worker. He fought like hell to keep unions out of the place where he worked. He knew as soon as they took over, it meant corruption and a decline of productivity with increased demands until ultimately that workplace is bled dry and driven out of business.
Technically speaking, is calling it a “strike”, correct ?
I thought only unions went on strike.
These individuals are just refusing to go to work.
Se Habla Espanol
“What amazes me is how so few people connect low wages with all the immigration.”
Here in NJ a lot of Americans have made the connection; a lot of union guys in the trades are sitting on their couches all day while illegal aliens do the work they used to do (for literally half the hourly wage). Once it became clear that neither party would do anything about it (and would in fact obstruct any attempts to rectify it), those Americans that could packed up & left.
Fire them all. Hire the scabs. Bust a union for Jesus.
If Walmart is smart, they will fire the ones who walkout, as soon as they leave the store.
“What is so terrible about the working conditions at Walmart?”
20 years ago a business professor told us how Wal-Mart succeeded by avoiding paying benefits to employees; while it is their right to do so, there is nothing wrong with calling them out on it. The fact is that these jobs are more suitable for high school students than adults; the pay is low, there are no benefits, etc.. The American birthrate has plummeted because it is difficult to provide for a family in these economic conditions; those that are having children are often having their living expenses provided for by the shrinking number of people with “good” jobs.
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