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Tue Nov 20, 2012, 03:02 PM

Occupy Walmart: Workers Plan Black Friday Protests

Source: The Nation

Walmart workers are planning to mark Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving and one of the biggest shopping days of the year, with pickets outside of stores and warehouses across the country.Former and current employees of the giant corporation describe systemic abuse and harassment by management at Walmart stores and warehouses. When asked about their demands, many workers talk about the desire for management to respect and listen to the workers. Our Walmart, a protest group seeking justice and accountability from Walmart, also wants to see the minimum wage raised to $13/hour and for full-time jobs to made available to Associates who want them. Other demands include a dependable, predictable work schedule, affordable healthcare, no discrimination, and wages that ensure no Associate has to rely on government assistance to survive
Walmart is one of the biggest recipients of government subsidies, receiving tax breaks, free land, cash grants and other forms of public assistance, in addition to paying some of its workers so little that they too turn to the federal government for programs like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).


One day, he cut a fairly large gash in his leg by scraping one of the wooden pallets and his leg started bleeding. When he asked his manager for a bandage, he was told that if his manager gave him one, they'd have to write him up for not being careful enough on the job. Instead, he worked all day with an open wound because he was afraid that one more write up could get him fired.This is part of a system of harassment and intimidation. The worker goes on to explain that Walmart is notorious for telling employees they will be fired upon their first utterance of the word "union," and they are encouraged to not report on-the-job injuries. If the equipment breaks while they're using it, regardless of the cause, the employees will be written up. There are four categories of write ups, and once they get written up four times, they are automatically fired with no questions asked.

Occupy is serving as a hub to connect people to where workers are standing up and speaking out in ways that they can support them," says Espinosa. Upon visiting a Walmart store in Mexico, Espinosa says he saw youth who were bagging groceries there for no wages - only tips. "They're outsourcing abuse of workers all over the world and doing everything they can to create a smokescreen between their brand and the actual abuses that are allowing them to skim profits from working people to pad the CEO's profits."


Read more: http://www.thenation.com/blog/171382/occupy-walmart-workers-plan-black-friday-protests

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Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 03:25 PM

1. they do that where work you can fill out a incident report but it's a automatic day off

but a call to osha usually gets that taken care of.

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Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 03:44 PM

2. My question is: why is Walmart receiving ANY government subsidies?

Republicans always whine about needing to cut entitlements. Corporations and the military/industrial complex are the biggest moochers in America.

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Response to octoberlib (Reply #2)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 03:54 PM

3. Because of their political ties.

Maybe soon that's on the way out, but I doubt it.

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Response to octoberlib (Reply #2)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 07:56 PM

6. The subsidies are usually in the form of property tax breaks

 

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Response to octoberlib (Reply #2)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 08:17 PM

8. From localities yes - they rarely open a store where they have to pay property taxes

Suddenly they just love them some NLRB regulations.

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Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 04:27 PM

4. I will be shopping on Friday, on my way home from work at Kroger this time.

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Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 04:42 PM

5. Careful. WalMart has no patience for protesters & democracy. . They might come after you.

Protest is bad publicity.
. They might consider their parking lot private property and have you arrested. ?

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Wal-Mart Files NLRB Charge To Block Union Protests

By Maria Chutchian

Law360, New York (November 16, 2012, 8:09 PM ET) -- Wal-Mart Stores Inc. on Thursday filed an unfair labor practice complaint against the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union in an attempt to stop what it says is illegal picketing before the busiest shopping day of the year, which is just days away.
http://www.law360.com/corporate/articles/394918/wal-mart-files-nlrb-charge-to-block-union-protests

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Response to cyclezealot (Reply #5)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 09:12 PM

9. They can kick you off their property, but they can not kick you off public land

There is quite often public land available along the side of the road leading to the store, if there is no public land near the store then find a busy intersection elsewhere in town where you can be visible. They will try everything they can to keep you invisible from shoppers, it is important to know your rights and where you can and can't be. They will try to kick you off public land, if they try to kick you off ask them what statute prevents you from being there, if there is no statute prohibiting you from being there then don't leave.

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Response to Bjorn Against (Reply #9)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 06:47 AM

10. Could wal Mart take it one step further.

In one new's release I read they claim outsiders are trying to interfere with their business. Could they find some kind of angle that our First Amendment Rights are akin to racketeering. Just speculating , because as we know Wal Mart will go to any extreme to protect their profit line. eg.. As we know , communities tell Wal Mart - we don't want you.. Cities try to use zoning laws to keep out Wal Marts. They will sue to come into town , even if they are unwelcome.

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Response to cyclezealot (Reply #10)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 08:21 AM

12. They would have a very difficult time making a racketeering case in court

There is lots of precedent that tells us that it is legal to protest on public property, Wal-Mart may try to act out of desperation but if you are on public land the first amendment is on your side not their's.

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Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 07:57 PM

7. In N.J., it is illegal to fire a worker for filing a workmens comp claim.

 

Check the laws in your state.

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Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 07:13 AM

11. And I say Good Luck to you WalMart workers!!!

Solidarity!

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Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 06:55 PM

13. For those who don't know exactly how patently despicable Walmart's practices are...

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