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Thu Oct 4, 2012, 06:22 PM

Wal-Mart workers on strike (First time in Wal-Mart’s 50-year history)

Source: Salon

Employees protesting working conditions and retaliation are flexing their organizing muscle. But the first-of-its-kind strike carries risks

By Josh Eidelson

Today, for the first time in Wal-Mart’s 50-year history, workers at multiple stores are out on strike. Minutes ago, dozens of workers at Southern California stores launched a one-day work stoppage in protest of alleged retaliation against their attempts to organize. In a few hours, they’ll join supporters for a mass rally outside a Pico Rivera, Calif., store. This is the latest – and most dramatic – of the recent escalations in the decades-long struggle between organized labor and the largest private employer in the world.

“I’m excited, I’m nervous, I’m scared…” Pico Rivera Wal-Mart employee Evelin Cruz told Salon yesterday about her decision to join today’s strike. “But I think the time has come, so they take notice that these associates are tired of all the issues in the stores, all the management retaliating against you.” Rivera, a department manager, said her store is chronically understaffed: “They expect the work to be done, without having the people to do the job.”

Wal-Mart is entirely union-free in North America, and has worked aggressively to stay that way. Today’s strike is an outgrowth of a year of organizing by OUR Walmart, an organization of Wal-Mart workers. OUR Walmart is backed by the United Food and Commercial Workers union, but hasn’t sought union recognition from Wal-Mart; its members have campaigned for improvements in their local stores and converged at Wal-Mart’s annual shareholder meeting.

FULL 2 page story at link.




Read more: http://www.salon.com/2012/10/04/walmart_workers_on_strike/singleton/



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Reply Wal-Mart workers on strike (First time in Wal-Mart’s 50-year history) (Original post)
Omaha Steve Oct 2012 OP
sabrina 1 Oct 2012 #1
onethatcares Oct 2012 #2
leveymg Oct 2012 #3
Brigid Oct 2012 #9
Ken Burch Oct 2012 #4
SoapBox Oct 2012 #5
allan01 Oct 2012 #6
Earth_First Oct 2012 #11
Moosepoop Oct 2012 #15
Arctic Dave Oct 2012 #7
tosh Oct 2012 #8
Earth_First Oct 2012 #10
goclark Oct 2012 #12
obamanut2012 Oct 2012 #13
Va Lefty Oct 2012 #14
Chorophyll Oct 2012 #16
mountain grammy Oct 2012 #17
Canuckistanian Oct 2012 #18
Kingofalldems Oct 2012 #19
TexasBushwhacker Oct 2012 #20
cbrer Oct 2012 #21
Sherman A1 Oct 2012 #22
coldwaterintheface Oct 2012 #23

Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Thu Oct 4, 2012, 06:27 PM

1. Good for them. People everywhere are rising up against the policies of these

mega Corporations that have, for far too long, managed to get away with profiting from the labor of other human beings.

It's good for them to see that what they thought, that they could abuse people as much as they wanted with no repercussions, is not the case.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Thu Oct 4, 2012, 06:30 PM

2. I'm doing my best to stay outa the stores

when the owners of walmart can have as much wealth as all of their employees and still work them part time and get rid of them at will, something has to change.

My best thoughts are with the strikers.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Thu Oct 4, 2012, 06:31 PM

3. Here are some photos>

W*M warehouse workers. (Still looking for a photo or video of a picket line in front of a retail outlet, that'll be a keeper)

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Response to leveymg (Reply #3)

Thu Oct 4, 2012, 07:10 PM

9. That sign in Spanish in the first pic?

It means something like "Health is not Sold." Love it!

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Thu Oct 4, 2012, 06:51 PM

4. Hell Yeah! The SoCal AFL-CIO needs to get down there right now and join them!

n/t.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Thu Oct 4, 2012, 06:52 PM

5. Bravo!

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Thu Oct 4, 2012, 06:53 PM

6. re:Wal-Mart workers on strike (First time in Wal-Mart’s 50-year history)

yes ! yes ! yes ! about bloody time . makes my skin crawl when i hear that the workers automaticly qualify for ssi and other publice assistance programs , when it took me and my team 5 years . go you wal mart workers go .

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Response to allan01 (Reply #6)

Thu Oct 4, 2012, 07:30 PM

11. So...as long as you got yours?



That's what I gather from your post unless you can explain it otherwise...

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Response to Earth_First (Reply #11)

Thu Oct 4, 2012, 08:14 PM

15. I didn't get that from Allan01's post.

I think you may have misread/misinterpreted what he meant. Either that or I did.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Thu Oct 4, 2012, 06:54 PM

7. K&R

 

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Thu Oct 4, 2012, 07:01 PM

8. Solidarity!!!

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Thu Oct 4, 2012, 07:27 PM

10. There were arrests by private security forces earlier in the week... nt

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Thu Oct 4, 2012, 07:36 PM

12. Heard that At&T workers in Los Angeles

may be going on strike too.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Thu Oct 4, 2012, 07:45 PM

13. SOLIDARITY!!!

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Thu Oct 4, 2012, 08:06 PM

14. Great News!!

Solidarity Forever!

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Thu Oct 4, 2012, 08:42 PM

16. K&R nt

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Thu Oct 4, 2012, 08:52 PM

17. Solidarity.. stay together

the largest employer in the US! Crack Walmart and Americans just might get the middle class back!!

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Thu Oct 4, 2012, 09:41 PM

18. Wonderful! It gives me hope....

I've worked for companies that have a toxic relationship between management and employees... but this is a HUGE multinational conglomerate that has even WORSE labor relations.

People ask me why I never shop at Walwart. The first thing I cite is Jonquiere, Quebec here in Canada....
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/story/2009/11/27/supreme-court-walmart-union.html

They're willing to shut down stores and put hundreds out of work in order to avoid union organization from happening at ANY level.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Thu Oct 4, 2012, 09:46 PM

19. Kick this one

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Fri Oct 5, 2012, 12:58 AM

20. I'm tired of subsidising Walmart

They say that their hourly workers make, on average, over $10.00 an hour. What they don't say is that they keep as many people part time as possible so that they don't have to provide them benefits. Even if they offer benefits like health insurance to their full time employees, they contribute so little toward the premiums that many employees can afford their share, so they remain uninsured. They are the number one employer for Medicaid and food stamp recipients, but the 6 Walton heirs are worth more than the bottom 40% of the U.S. Their stores are wall to wall red, white and blue, but good luck finding anything that was Made in the U.S.A. That's just so wrong.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Fri Oct 5, 2012, 02:44 AM

21. WalMart strikes, OWS...

 

Do I sense a political/social awakening? One may hope!

My brothers and sisters, YOU ARE NOT ALONE.

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Response to cbrer (Reply #21)

Fri Oct 5, 2012, 05:09 AM

22. Perhaps, A Wal Mart Spring?

this is a huge first step.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Fri Oct 5, 2012, 05:34 AM

23. A workers strike is fine and dandy but the Wal Mart Shoppers need to show support too

 

If workers are on strike, stop shopping at Wal Mart, ALL Wal Marts.

Workers will not have any leverage unless the ones who shop at the place withhold their money and the withholding of money is the ONLY thing that will make a difference.

If Wal Mart brings in scabs, don’t shop there either.

If we the 99%, well closer to the 45% because the Pubs will side with management because they are fools, withhold our labor and money the workers CAN and Will Prevail.

Sadly many here on DU enable Wal Mart and shop their which I find revolting because DU tends to have members who claim to be politically aware but by shopping at Wal Mart they undermine the very workers they claim to support.

Today is payday for many in America and how many here on DU will spend some of their hard earned money at Wal Mart this weekend?

Where one spends their money has more of an impact then voting once every 2 years.

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