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Sun Nov 18, 2012, 07:34 AM

Momentum Builds for Historic Black Friday Strike at Walmart

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2012/11/17-4



“We are standing up to live better,” say Walmart’s retail workers, playfully twisting Walmart’s slogan of “live better” into a rallying cry for better conditions and treatment. In a taste of what the nation’s largest retailer can expect on Black Friday, frustrated Walmart workers have again started walking off their jobs to protest their employer’s attempts to silence outspoken workers.

Workers from both the retail and warehouse sectors of Walmart’s supply chain have called for nation-wide protests, strikes and actions on, and leading up to, next Friday — the busiest shopping day of the year. In the past week, wildcat strikes in Dallas, Seattle and the Bay Area saw dozens of retail workers — from multiple store — walk away from their shifts, suggesting that the Black Friday threats are to be taken seriously.

Dan Schlademan, Director of the Making Change at Walmart campaign, said in a nation-wide conference call organized for media on Thursday that Walmart can expect more than 1,000 different protests, including strikes and rallies at Walmart stores between now and Black Friday.

According to organizers working with the Walmart retail workers’ association, OUR Walmart, stores around the country — including, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami, Milwaukee, Washington D.C. and others — can expect workers to go on strike. Specific dates have not been announced yet out of concern to minimize chances for Walmart to preemptively silence workers’ voices.

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Reply Momentum Builds for Historic Black Friday Strike at Walmart (Original post)
xchrom Nov 2012 OP
HiPointDem Nov 2012 #1
Pakid Nov 2012 #2
global1 Nov 2012 #3
goblue316 Nov 2012 #9
Magoo48 Nov 2012 #4
sulphurdunn Nov 2012 #5
marmar Nov 2012 #6
xchrom Nov 2012 #7
Sekhmets Daughter Nov 2012 #8
demwing Nov 2012 #10
eggplant Nov 2012 #12
backscatter712 Nov 2012 #13
demwing Nov 2012 #15
eggplant Nov 2012 #20
backscatter712 Nov 2012 #16
druidity33 Nov 2012 #19
aandegoons Nov 2012 #11
Helen Reddy Nov 2012 #14
RomneyLies Nov 2012 #17
DonRedwood Nov 2012 #22
LiberalEsto Nov 2012 #18
DonRedwood Nov 2012 #21

Response to xchrom (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 07:39 AM

1. +1

 

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 07:53 AM

2. Good its time to stand up to the bully boy tactics of Walmart

We are going to Erie on black Friday I hope they strike the Erie store so I can join in and walk the line with people who are trying to make a greedy wage slave corporation acted fair to it workers. Until Walmart changes it ways no Walmart for my family

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 08:26 AM

3. Have The TV News Media Given Any Airtime To This?....

I don't think I heard about this in the news & was wondering if this story is being avoided by them so as not to provide momentum to WalMart employees. I was wondering if somehow the media is supporting WalMart instead of the employees.

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Response to global1 (Reply #3)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 09:59 AM

9. Msnbc is the only

network that I have heard a peep about this. As a matter of fact right this minute they have 2 walmart workers talking with Chris Hayes on UP. I will not be going to Walmart this year for any of my Christmas presents. I said 20 years ago that walmart is taking over the world and they are. It reminds of the movei Wall-e where the big box company buy n large takes over the USA.

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 08:41 AM

4. As a long time union rep. I stand in Solidarity.

As a citizen, I recoil from WM and all it represents. Sadly, the reality and need of the here and now often casts a cold shadow over the ideal.

A living wage and respect for all who labor...

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 08:59 AM

5. There is something

seriously wrong when people holding steady jobs receive food stamps, have children on medicaid, live in subsidized housing, have no health insurance and work for billionaires.

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 09:05 AM

6. There's very little in the news that I find heartening -- This is one of those exceptions.




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Response to marmar (Reply #6)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 09:06 AM

7. ...

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 09:43 AM

8. Chris Hayes

Is discussing this right now....David Frum just gave his completely immoral justification for low wages..."the Labor market is very loose now...more workers than jobs. Great influx of immigrants blah, blah, blah" Bull

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 10:08 AM

10. Show your solidarity

On Black Friday go to Walmart, load your cart with non-perishable stuff, go through the line, and after all items have been scanned, declare that you "must have forgotten my debit card," apologize and leave.

Items will be off the shelves and unavailable for purchase + extra staff will be needed to return the merchandise + lines will slow down as managers are called over to clear the register = Walmart loses revenue.

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Response to demwing (Reply #10)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 10:27 AM

12. Or... just don't shop there.

Why make more work for the workers? This won't have any effect on management.

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Response to eggplant (Reply #12)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 10:33 AM

13. I'll be picketing outside of one, discouraging people from going in.

Time to hit those reptiles in the wallet - it's the only thing that gets their attention.

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Response to eggplant (Reply #12)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 10:41 AM

15. yes it will, it will affect revenue

and that is all that matters to these people

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Response to demwing (Reply #15)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 04:48 PM

20. Making workers perform busywork does not affect revenue -- it just makes workers' jobs suck more.

It is unlikely that people showing up to actually buy things will leave without making their purchase. Protesting outside and getting the word out will. But once the shopper is in the store, stupid restocking games will mostly just annoy workers. I doubt that anyone shopping there would even notice the effort.

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Response to demwing (Reply #10)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 10:46 AM

16. Help the workers keep the shelves neat!

Go to the book section, and put a couple stacks of Fifty Shades of Grey in the children's section!

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Response to backscatter712 (Reply #16)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 01:20 PM

19. Ugh. REALLY bad idea... and not funny. nt.

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 10:26 AM

11. Any bets on police intervention?

I would say that if this happens there will be at least one death.

I hope for all the best to the workers of Walmart. Stay safe.

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 10:36 AM

14. I know a middle age woman

 

who has been working at Whack-World for over 30 years. She has risen from a foot soldier to management.

Here's the rub. She has only made it to ASST. Manager at her store. The manager is a 30 something man with much less time with the company in all areas. She is still on the rotation for midnights! with her senority I find that absurd.

Her attitude is, "Wal-Mart is a great company and if women think they are getting the shaft, they need not apply."

She is so far gone, she thinks she has almost one million in her 401K when she retires. I haven't had the heart to tell her I seriously doubt it. Such a hard worker she is, but blinded by loyalty to a company who does not the same.

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 10:47 AM

17. I would boycott Walmart, but cannot

 

It's tough to boycott a company you don't do business with.

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Response to RomneyLies (Reply #17)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 06:33 PM

22. You can drive by and honk like crazy, support the strikers that way?

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 10:50 AM

18. Good luck to them! They are very brave to do this.

I hope they succeed, but I fear Mall Wart will screw them in every possible way.

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 06:32 PM

21. Anyone know if the NW is planning on joining? Part of me wants to go to Walmart just to see the

strike. Honk and wave a little .

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