Walmart Employees Plan On Huge Strike

Submitted by: kitteh9lives 4 years ago in Misc

A nationwide strike against Walmart, the world"s largest retailer, on Black Friday, the busiest shopping day of the year
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Male 676
Normally I would say, go work somewhere else or whatever, but these people have a point. The Wal-Mart family is a small group of money-grubbing whores. I thank God I`m in a recession proof business that pays well, but these people are getting the shaft. These are the things we should all unite with others for. 1 family has so much wealth. There is nothing wrong with having a ot of money from your business doing extremely well, but pass some of that on to your employees. This is the very definition of greed.
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Male 192
if you dont like the job, quit and look for another. just quit the bitching
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Male 12
If everyone are always bitching at Wal-Mart, why people keep going there at all and give this company more money?
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Male 560
@VirtualParty "They need a union. Crackr jack, unions are simply good things."

I disagree, some unions are good and work with employers to improve conditions and do affordable wage increases. Others such as RMT and Bob Crow are downright irresponsible. Do you know why Tube drivers earn more then teachers and bunch of other respectable professions despite the fact the UK tube has been upgraded to run on computers? The RMT. Their Union leader who earns 100k+ a year and yet still lives in social housing(designed for people who don`t have living wages) freely admits he`ll never stop no matter how good a deal he get`s for his workers. Contrast that with German unions who work very well with their businesses. But we in London are held hostage every Xmas(triple pay) every big event or whenever they want another holiday or pay rise. It`s insane! Unions are not inherently good or bad. As Walmart managers are not inherently good or bad depends on the bastard in charge.
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Male 15,832
[quote]If American employers paid there workers enough then they`d have more money to buy things and so companies would make more. It`s a simple positive feedback loop.[/quote]
This is a common fallacy held by people who lack even the most rudimentary understanding of economics. Let me explain:

Let`s say Amy works in a dildo factory. After the cost of labor, materials, wages, taxes, insurance, utilities, rent, advertising, etc., a dildo costs $5 to make, and they sell for $10. Dick decides to give Amy a $10 raise. Amy decides to celebrate by buying herself a brand new $10 dildo. Dick got his $10 back, but now he`s short a dildo, which means when the dust settles, he`s out $5. If next week Amy decides to use her $10 windfall to buy a 12-pack of malt liquor, Dick doesn`t get dick. He`s just out $10.

See how that works?
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Male 8,438
LillianDulci-"Who in their right mind goes black friday shopping at walmart?"

I agree, but I would have stopped that sentance two words earlier.
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Female 2,674
Who in their right mind goes black friday shopping at walmart?
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Male 2,436
Go ahead, strike! I couldn`t care less. I can`t stand setting foot inside Walmart. Always full of slow-moving, fatass, white trash and Mexicans... and yeah, I`m talking about the shoppers. They`re employees pretty much suck also. F.UCK Walmart.

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Male 8,438
Arcval-"If american employers paid there workers enough"

That would only work if these workers were performing sufficient work to rationalize what you consider `enough`. (i.e. in order to warrent a `living wage`, the worker must be product enough to earn the `living wage plus` for the company he works for).

Lining peanut butter up on a shelf does not warrent a huge wage.
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Male 22
Lol.....IAB modified my characterisation of Walmart to "Draters" fair enough. The original word was a little stronger but Draters is Ok. There are plenty of Walmart "associates" in the Uk working at lousy wages and conditions for Asda and other outlets. Drat those draters too. Walmart are a bunch of predatory mother draters.Drat `em up the drat hole. x
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Male 22
shut the drater DOWN! Power to the Ployees!
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Male 303
Also, what`s a non-union employer?
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Male 303
If american employers paid there workers enough then they`d have more money to buy things and so companies would make more. It`s a simple positive feedback loop.
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Male 208
Some where down the line we were fed this lie that you have to work doing what you love. It`s called work, just do it and move on.
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Female 1,234
When I worked as a nurses aide, I had to work major holidays and yes I have pulled 18 hour shifts.. I consider them 18 hours because I would pull 16 and I had an hour drive both ways to/from my place of employment..I busted my butt while I worked and take in the fact I only made .25 cents more an hour than a wal-mart employee..I got to a point in my life when I desired more for my self and I went back to school and furthered my education.. Perhaps some of these folks should do the same..This may sound harsh but I don`t take "but I`m too old to go back to school"as an excuse either.
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Male 198
A lot of people will just get fired for this.
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Male 8,438
Frosty09-"its not just a matter of employee laziness."

No one mentioned laziness. Some managers are dicks. Some employees are dicks. Get better job skills and it`s less likely you`ll be working under a dick.


Frosty09-"Yet she is scheduled to work from 11am-8pm"

Wow, nine hour shift. It`s called `work`. Many people work 12-16 hours shifts on holidays.

Get better job skills and you`ll be less likely to work on a holiday.

Frosty09-"only to be back at 7am-2pm"

Wow, nine hour turn around. Many people have less, it`s called work.

Get better jobs skills (starting to see a pattern here?)....

MANY people work longer hours, with less turn around, and on holidays. I worked 20 years without a Christmas off. Now I get all major holidays off.

IT`S CALLED WORK!.
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Male 5
my girlfriend and several friends of mine have worked at Walmart and Sam`s Club over the years and i can vouch that this is all true and its not just a matter of employee laziness. Management is terrible and corrupt. Employees are rejected for their own vacation days they have and end the year with all of them wasted because it is nearly impossible to get them approved, yet managers take weeks off at a time. It is a never ending story of management redirection and bullpoo. I wont go on too long, but I will give one example. My girlfriend is in her early 20s and works there as she pays her way through college. Walmart`s policy (the public one anyway) is that employees all work on holidays for four hours. (I work at Sheetz who has the same policy and it works fine) Yet she is scheduled to work from 11am-8pm on Thanksgiving day only to be back at 7am-2pm on black friday. That is only the most recent but not the most insane story i know of. Please look into this movement and support.
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Male 8,438
sicker-"People who work hard deserve to make ends meet."

If they had marketable job skills, they wouldn`t be at Walmart.

It doesn`t matter how hard you work at pushing against a brick wall, you`re still not accomplishing anything worthwhile.
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Male 5,811
[quote]your Obama-messiah will surely come off the 10th tee and save you, right?[/quote]
Still mad, bro?
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Male 579
Oh please maybe Walmart will just fire the lot of ya who walk out! If you don`t like it, quit and find a better job! It ain`t rocket science! I`m sure there are no worries for you strikers though because your Obama-messiah will surely come off the 10th tee and save you, right?
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Female 325
People who work hard deserve to make ends meet. That`s all there is to it. Walmart is notorious for treating their employees like crap and paying badly. This is known. I`m surprised it took this long to strike.
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Male 606
My dad worked for Walmart for a bit, and would bitch and moan about them. But you know what? That man was damn near unemployable and they gave him a job. He spent his life bouncing around jobs, always looking for something greener. I had every direct sales networking health scam possible come through my house. He was fortunate to have a job with them and so are the vast majority of people who work there.

I`m gonna go ahead and guess that there is a reason that they work there and not elsewhere.
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Male 8,438
rickwhite-"All the standards in the workplace that you all take for granted ONLY exist because a union fought for them."

1) Incorrect statement
2) NOW unions are mostly for intimidation and blackmail.

mervviscious-"it`s about a living wage... let these people have their pride.."

You know what might make them proud? Performing a job that was ACTUALLY WORTH a living wage. Stocking shelfs ain`t worth it.

(or are you of the liberal bent that their `self-esteem` is more important than reality, so give them a `trophy` [i.e. living wage] for just participating.)
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Male 8,438
obhwfgirl-"but if Wal-Mart actually paid their workers enough money to live off of"

If these people performed work that was actully WORTH a decent wage, they wouldn`t be working a job a trained monkey could do.

obhwfgirl-"If we all went and got secondary educations,"

Hey, I know quite a few idiots who graduated from college who have no marketable job skills.

I have a friend who`s daughter got her degree in Art History. They`re SO proud. She`s unemployable, but they`re proud. (Unfortunately, there is NO one looking for an employee with an Art History degree.)
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Male 8,438
HolyGod-"But it isn`t as if everyone starts out equally."

Here`s a hint: Life`s not equal.

HolyGod-"Walton`s kids are billionaires."

So? This has no effect on any one else`s options in life.

HolyGod-"What was their greatest skill? Being born."

Sam Walton was not born rich, but made himself so. He could do what he wanted with it (it was, after all, his). He gave it to his kids.

The fact that he did, and they are rich, has absolutely no effect on your life, and yet that pisses you off. Why?
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Male 7,774
"We want an extree 20 cents and all the bashed fruit we kin eat."
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Male 15,187
That`s the symbol for arsehole.

What makes you think that a company that squeezes its suppliers to death would want to pay more than minimum wage for a minimum wage job?
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Male 17,512
VirtualParty: They don`t need a union, the unions need them. Walmart treats it`s employees pretty well compared with other non-union employers.

This is not a large group of employees, this is about 30 employees (and former employees). in California, that are being funded by the UCFW.

I`m quite sure all Walmarts around the world will be adequately manned on `black friday`.
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Male 13,630
Wish them the best of luck
I work for Tyco - and trust me,
they are feckers
nice and glossy on the outside, complete cnuts on the inside
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Female 136
Heck yeah! When I worked at Wally world it was a living hell >-<
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Male 787
They need a union. Crackr jack, unions are simply good things. You drating idiot god UJG*IAEHGUIH. Just stop posting I feel like my eyes are being raped with your stupidity every single last solitary time I read some bigoted or slanted or borderline racist or misinformed bullpoo you post. drat.
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Female 1,234
I`m sorry but these wal*mart employees probably make about as much as I did when I worked in a nursing home as a nurses aide..I`m not saying being an aide is the hardest job out there,but if anyone here is familiar with what a nurses aide`s job consists of... It is a very difficult job to do and it is a lot harder and has more responsibilities than scanning items and stocking shelves all day..(I am not saying that can`t be a hard job too) but, I know this because I have done both jobs,yes, I did work at Walmart for a while and I have worked in a nursing home as an aide. The difference in pay was that I made .25 cents more an hour at the nursing home..(sad but true). I wanted to make more money so I went back to school in the healthcare field. I enjoy helping people and caring for them, and now I make a lot more money doing this because I went back to school and received a higher education for it.
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Male 1,793
it`s about a living wage... let these people have their pride..
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Male 151
Most of you have no f--ckin clue.
All the standards in the workplace that you all take for granted ONLY exist because a union fought for them.

There was a time where if you lost your arm in a press, not only might you starve to death--because you can`t work, but you might be billed for the lost productivity because the line had to shut down to clean the goo out of the machine.

There was a time where you COULD raise a family while working in retail. My great aunt did so working for Sears. Retail is one of the LAST mass employers left for people without higher educations.

Factories are shutting down left n right. What the hell does a factory worker, who invested 20 years of his/her life into a company do when they shut down and move to China? Go back to college for a Computer Science degree? With what money? And who will hire a 55 year old-just starting out with a new career?

I find the correlation between age groups & comments very tell
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Male 486
Flourescent green is severely unflattering.
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Female 582
@CrakrJak

Yeah, but if Wal-Mart actually paid their workers enough money to live off of, then they wouldn`t need to unionize.

Also, if a significant number of people need government services to get by, then the American taxpayer is indirectly subsidizing those "low prices".

As far as "getting a better job" -- many people who work menial jobs like that can`t get additional education because they`re limited by their legal status, financial situation, age, mental/motivational capabilities, or the current job market. If we all went and got secondary educations, well, then we`d have college grads working those menial positions and the PhDs at higher posts. More education is not the definitive solution to poverty because it doesn`t guarantee upward mobility.
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Male 17,512
This isn`t about better treatment or pay for Walmart employees, this is a group funded and backed by the unions with the goal to unionize Walmart.

Don`t expect any widespread `strike` either, this group is made of approximately 30 workers, the rest are union thugs.
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Male 3,310
Are they trying to parody retarded people? Because that is just wrong.
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Male 43
These people work at figging Wal-mart!!! Of course you can`t make a living wage there, you`re not suppose to. I don`t remember there being a choice at Career Day in High School for working at Wal-mart. I wouldn`t of spent the money I did on college and got the job I have if all I had to do was join the Wally family.
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Male 184
I`m sorry, but, when has stocking shelves ever allowed you to afford a house and family? Just because the company you work for is large and profitable doesn`t entitle you to a larger share in said profit. How do you think they keep their prices so low and remain profitable? It is because they can employ people at the rates at which they do. If you don`t like it, turnover hardly cost them a penny when the skill level for the job doesn`t take more than a day to train. This is exactly why they have the have the lowest prices around. Not a stupid company.
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Male 15,832
When (not if) you get fired, there will be plenty of people waiting in line who will be very happy to take your jobs.
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Male 9,526
Megrendel

"So, basically, a person who`s greatest skill is stocking shelves with peanut butter"

I agree. But it isn`t as if everyone starts out equally. Walton`s kids are billionaires. What was their greatest skill? Being born.
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Male 9,526
"Because I`m 52 years old and I can`t afford my own apartment"

Well I guess somebody has made poor life choices then huh?
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Male 110
I`m all for letting your money do the talking, but I bet this does little to nothing to Wallie World`s (Wall*Mart) bottom line. It will just push back all the buying to the day after this and you won`t get the "deals" they have on that day... The only way to make your money really talk here is to NEVER shop there again. But that only works if enough people don`t shop there too...
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Male 3,445
`THEN GET ANOTHER JOB!`

A week ago you were complaining about not being able to find a job.
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Male 198
@auburnjunky: That explains why most of the people I know who do work there only get 29 hours a week.
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Male 1,399
Mass firings. It`ll be a bloodbath, just like Reagan and the Air Traffic Controllers.

It`s too bad there`s not a ton of people out there who need jobs to replace them...whoops.
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Male 8,438
OBOMOE-"going on strike is not class warfare."

I didn`t say it was.

The guy saying `the Walton`s have enough money for 43,000 families` IS class warfare.

OBOMOE-"the cost of living has grown quicker that wages have since the 70`s."

And this has WHAT to do with stocking shelves? Lining up peanut butter on a shelf did not earn a `living wage` in the 70`s.

A job that that could just as easily been accomplished by an 8-year-old has never earned a living wage, because the work involved is not worht a living wage.
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Male 802
The one thing that almost every employee of a company like WalMart should be doing is finding a way to get a better job.
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Male 39,614

Collective Bargaining is as American as Apple Pie.
Oh, wait, apple pie was invented in England.

Well, you know what I mean.
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Male 515
What!? going on strike is not class warfare. It`s the only way a group of workers can enact real change within their work environment. It boils down to the basic fact that the cost of living has grown quicker that wages have since the 70`s.
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Female 1,234
I hate to say it but, wouldn`t they just get fired and be replaced..If you can`t afford your apartment or food..now you really won`t be able to afford either because now you`re jobless...Well, I think the smart thing to do here is if you do not like your job perhaps you need to keep this one until you find something better or work your self out of a situation you are not happy with...At least keep your job until you find something better so you are not completely struck without any money at all..
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Male 10,338
"also, walmart does its damnest to avoid every giving anyone benefits."

Bullpoo. WalMart offers everyone that works there BC.BS if you work over 30 hours a week.
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Male 10,338
THEN GET ANOTHER JOB!

Jesus. WalMart doesn`t have bullpoo unions, so this won`t work. They will go from making WalMart pay (Over $10), to broke and jobless.
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Male 8,438
"Because I can`t afford my own apartment."

"Because the Walton Family is rich."

It all boils down to. "Because I have no marktable job skills, I`m going to push class warfare and hope it works."

So, basically, a person who`s greatest skill is stocking shelves with peanut butter is going to `strike`, like Walmart won`t be able to find a 15 year old sophomore who can figure out how to do that `demanding` job.
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Male 2,345
before you trash talk these people, say they can work somewhere else, etc you should keep a couple things in mind.

1. YOU shop at walmart so that right there means you do not get to talk trash on the people that make walmart possible for YOU.

2. these people are the reason wal-mart is what it is, the world`s largest company and they suould be treated well and paid accordingly.

my mom works a second job at walmart and they treat her and everyone else there like total crap.

she likes the job but the management are bullies and degrading to pretty much anyone below them.

also, walmart does its damnest to avoid every giving anyone benefits.
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Male 2,390
but if no one`s working, who will check me out when I buy my $79 60" flat screen super high def TV?
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Female 8,043
Link: Walmart Employees Plan On Huge Strike [Rate Link] - A nationwide strike against Walmart, the world`s largest retailer, on Black Friday, the busiest shopping day of the year
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