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Mon Nov 19, 2012, 11:19 PM

I know that it is not real cool to talk about workers round these parts

but hey, today I was, once again reminded of where we are in the labor movement... and that is labor birth pains. We are having a new one being born, out of the shambles of the old.

Why?

Well, any of you doing black friday? I suggest if you are not, you go over to your local Wall Mart. No, not searching for a Plasma TV... that be silly. To check if your local Wally World workers are doing anything? What we are seeing is the beginnings of a labor movement, once again

Today I was reminded just how much greed has given us. Workers that cannot pay the rent, or put food on the table on the pay they are getting. They want to be able to go from rank poverty to barely maybe make it... and the company is saying no.

We have a lot of these stories. More than you think. So while some here blamed the unions (per corporate spin) that Hosstess went down (I know the judge just ordered them to mediation, so we'll see)... a few are starting to realize... it is not the workers. It is pure greed.

Here, look into these faces.





These people want one thing and one thing alone, to be able to afford an extra meal. I wish I was kidding. Or for that matter, the rent.

We are at the beginnings of something. And you know what is the best part? Most of our media do not even realize this, well expect Ed Shultz. But try Friday, even if you never ever in your life, cross your heart, do black friday, and go talk to people about their working conditions. I am sure they will be glad to bend your ear and them some.

Every time I go cover a local labor story, it is like a fountain just opened, because nobody really gives a shit. And we should.

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Reply I know that it is not real cool to talk about workers round these parts (Original post)
nadinbrzezinski Nov 2012 OP
msongs Nov 2012 #1
nadinbrzezinski Nov 2012 #2
patrice Nov 2012 #3
nadinbrzezinski Nov 2012 #4
patrice Nov 2012 #5
nadinbrzezinski Nov 2012 #6
patrice Nov 2012 #9
nadinbrzezinski Nov 2012 #10
patrice Nov 2012 #11
nadinbrzezinski Nov 2012 #13
Summer Hathaway Nov 2012 #7
nadinbrzezinski Nov 2012 #8
JohnnyRingo Nov 2012 #12
nadinbrzezinski Nov 2012 #14
Hydra Nov 2012 #15

Response to nadinbrzezinski (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 11:27 PM

1. local walmart opens 8pm thanksgiving day evening. workers are happy, more hours. go figure nt

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Response to msongs (Reply #1)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 11:29 PM

2. I am sure that is your local media spin

Just call it a sneaky. Been reading a lot into how media portrays workers and this conflict.

Now as to more hours... locally pay at Wally World starts at $8.08\hour, after a few years, you will be lucky to make a eight and a quarter.

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Response to nadinbrzezinski (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 11:59 PM

3. ????? That's an odd title. I don't know anyone who doesn't care about workers.

You are probably talking about something that I don't know anything about, but I do think sometimes people make too much of what happens on this board.

Do you Face Book? LOTS of worker support going on over there.

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Response to patrice (Reply #3)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 12:01 AM

4. Well, a few, more than a few posts

Telling us it was the Union and Hostess.

I know Friday will attempt some back and white as well.

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Response to nadinbrzezinski (Reply #4)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 12:08 AM

5. Don't know why I never get to see that stuff. I'd kick their butts hard, but politely of course. nt

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Response to patrice (Reply #5)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 12:10 AM

6. I know

I guess it's daytime stuff

This, when the article runs it will shock people how generous the salaries of these people are.

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Response to nadinbrzezinski (Reply #6)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 12:47 AM

9. Need a little insight on this issue over here:

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Response to patrice (Reply #9)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 12:54 AM

10. Well if you make nine bucks an hour

You might not be able to afford a more expensive place. Mind you, Wallmart as hidden costs. They are legion.

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Response to nadinbrzezinski (Reply #10)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 01:22 AM

11. I can't agree that WalMart is the only choice, but, perhaps more than anyone else, shouldn't

the working class honor it's own boycotts wherever they are?

I really don't see how anyone thinks they can build a movement if you don't do that. It'll just be a bunch of separate interest groups, not hitting on all cylinders and, hence, power-less.

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Response to patrice (Reply #11)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 01:35 AM

13. The problem really is putting food on table

I really don't begrudge somebody working two to three jobs, and on Cal Fresh...

Now don't get me started on those who go to Walmart because it's cheap, but they could afford to go to Ralph's.

Also, I will be honest, what Walmart boycott? You think a lot of the people working two and three jobs know there is a boycott? They really don't, partly because we really need to work on how we spread this.

No, my problem is with the people who should know better. Not really with those that the false savings (they are) translate into one or two meals a week.

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Response to nadinbrzezinski (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 12:12 AM

7. "I know that it is not real cool ...

... to talk about workers round these parts."

Yeah, glad you clued into that, Nadin - because DU is so blatantly anti-worker.


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Response to Summer Hathaway (Reply #7)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 12:15 AM

8. And ye speaks

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Response to nadinbrzezinski (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 01:32 AM

12. K&R

I believe the decline in buying power for the middle class is in exact sync with the 40 year fall of the American union.

The monied class have us bickering with each over on who's a bigger drain on society, while they sit back and chuckle at us like we're amusing and simple pets.

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Response to JohnnyRingo (Reply #12)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 01:37 AM

14. And I think we are starting to see real pushback.

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Response to JohnnyRingo (Reply #12)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 05:27 PM

15. To them, we are amusing little "things"

If we're stupid enough to let them swindle us, it's their just due to be "gods" in their opinion.

I can't really fault their logic.

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