Skip to comments.Walmart protests draw crowds, shoppers largely unfazed
Posted on 11/23/2012 4:41:41 PM PST by Arthurio
By Emily Bryson York, Chicago Tribune reporter
3:52 pm, November 23, 2012
Dozens of local workers, and hundreds nationally, took advantage of Black Friday crowds and camera crews at major retailers like Walmart to call for wage increases.
But there was little evidence that the chanting disrupted holiday shoppers.
Steven Restivo, a spokesman for Wal-Mart Stores, said the chain had done its "best Black Friday event ever" despite protests organized by the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union in Chicago and other cities.
At a Walmart in Chicago's Chatham neighborhood on the south side, only one of the store's 500 employees took part in the demonstration, the Bentonville, Ark.-based retailer said. "Almost all the folks you'll see protesting today are not Walmart associates," Restivo said. "I guess you can't believe everything you read in a union press release."
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lolz. Probably off that day too.
It’s tough to “faze” black Friday shoppers. They’ll bust you in the head if you get in their way. This was a stupid idea by the greedy, union knuckledraggers.
Whenever union picketers show up in front of the store, Wal Mart should announce 70% off on Air Jordans.. See if the union thugs are willing to stand in the way of that...
LOL! They’d trample the “black Friday” shoppers! This didn’t seem to work out very well for the commies. Walmart is breaking records today according to what I just read. Union knuckledraggers lose again. Shades of Wisconsin.
I'm in the market for a 5.56 AR style rifle. The local store had a Colt 6920 (forget the exact model) for about $1150, and a Bushmaster for $800. Still looking...
This was a desperate act by the unions and, unsurprisingly, it failed. Walmart is a union-free zone and may that always be so.
So shoppers didn’t think it was a good idea to pay workers more that they are worth and to increase prices to pay for it?
I Wonder why.....
Walmart has to keep their prices at a reasonable level so retirees like me can afford to shop there. Also they have competition from retailers like Walgreens, Rite Aid and CVS - drug stores in my western PA area where I also shop. Even the grocery stores are selling many of the clothing and food items that Walmart carries. Then there’s the discount grocery stores that are shaving Walmart’s profit margins. Savvy consumers price shop and will migrate accordingly.