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Tue Nov 20, 2012, 09:56 PM

WORKERS TO STAGE WALK OUTS AT WALMART STORES ON BLACK FRIDAY


By Nadin Abbott

November 20, 2012 (San Diego)—Across the nation and in San Diego County, Walmart workers are poised to stage a walk out on Friday, traditionally the biggest shopping day of the year.

This Thanksgiving, Walmart workers at more than 1,000 locations are seeking a seat at the bargaining table.

“Unless Walmart takes immediate steps to improve basic working conditions, workers throughout the company's vast operations — from factories and warehouses to retail stores — will participate in a massive walkout on Friday, November 23," states an e-mail sent by Color of Change.

The reasons are many, but lifting workers out of poverty is a key factor. Wages reportedly averaging $8.81/hour add up to just $15,576/year for a full-time employee.

http://eastcountymagazine.org/node/11764

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Reply WORKERS TO STAGE WALK OUTS AT WALMART STORES ON BLACK FRIDAY (Original post)
nadinbrzezinski Nov 2012 OP
JaneyVee Nov 2012 #1
nadinbrzezinski Nov 2012 #2
JaneyVee Nov 2012 #3
nadinbrzezinski Nov 2012 #4
seabeyond Nov 2012 #6
nadinbrzezinski Nov 2012 #7
seabeyond Nov 2012 #19
nadinbrzezinski Nov 2012 #22
nadinbrzezinski Nov 2012 #23
femmocrat Nov 2012 #5
nadinbrzezinski Nov 2012 #8
pacalo Nov 2012 #9
nadinbrzezinski Nov 2012 #10
pacalo Nov 2012 #11
nadinbrzezinski Nov 2012 #12
pacalo Nov 2012 #14
nadinbrzezinski Nov 2012 #15
femmocrat Nov 2012 #16
pacalo Nov 2012 #20
RiverSong Nov 2012 #51
lindysalsagal Nov 2012 #13
AnotherMother4Peace Nov 2012 #17
nadinbrzezinski Nov 2012 #18
snappyturtle Nov 2012 #21
littlemissmartypants Nov 2012 #24
littlemissmartypants Nov 2012 #25
sheshe2 Nov 2012 #26
nadinbrzezinski Nov 2012 #27
sheshe2 Nov 2012 #32
nadinbrzezinski Nov 2012 #36
sheshe2 Nov 2012 #43
nadinbrzezinski Nov 2012 #44
sheshe2 Nov 2012 #45
nadinbrzezinski Nov 2012 #46
Go Vols Nov 2012 #28
rDigital Nov 2012 #29
nadinbrzezinski Nov 2012 #30
littlemissmartypants Nov 2012 #31
raging moderate Nov 2012 #33
nadinbrzezinski Nov 2012 #38
MannyGoldstein Nov 2012 #34
nadinbrzezinski Nov 2012 #39
SidDithers Nov 2012 #54
brewens Nov 2012 #35
nadinbrzezinski Nov 2012 #37
Kablooie Nov 2012 #40
nadinbrzezinski Nov 2012 #41
octoberlib Nov 2012 #42
AllyCat Nov 2012 #47
nadinbrzezinski Nov 2012 #49
Scuba Nov 2012 #48
littlewolf Nov 2012 #53
athena Nov 2012 #50
pinboy3niner Nov 2012 #55
eShirl Nov 2012 #56
Sheepshank Nov 2012 #52
B2G Nov 2012 #57

Response to nadinbrzezinski (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 09:58 PM

1. Wow. That would be MAJOR.

A new dawn is upon us.

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Response to JaneyVee (Reply #1)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 09:59 PM

2. First time I am looking forwards to Black Friday

And I will be up early.

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Response to nadinbrzezinski (Reply #2)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 10:02 PM

3. Seriously, this is award-winning documentary material.

That struggle between their workers and CEOs goes right to the figurative & metaphorical heart of America's underlying crisis.

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Response to JaneyVee (Reply #3)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 10:04 PM

4. I will be there,

With camera, note pad, press credentials, recorder, and parking off the property.

If this goes the way...it will be historic.

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Response to JaneyVee (Reply #1)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 10:04 PM

6. That would be huge. More, I want more.

Wouldn't that be a blast if that went across the nation. That gives The employees the power.

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Response to seabeyond (Reply #6)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 10:05 PM

7. 1000 locations is across the nation.

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Response to nadinbrzezinski (Reply #7)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 10:51 PM

19. ah. i had a little dinky cell phone. i read san diego. thanks. nt

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Response to seabeyond (Reply #19)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 11:01 PM

22. It's in the story

By the time I leave to cover the strike special on aisle two, it will be well underway.

If this goes the way it could, this will be historic.

Yes, prepared for violence honestly.

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Response to nadinbrzezinski (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 10:04 PM

5. They are very brave.

Sadly, they will probably be fired. I hope not.

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Response to femmocrat (Reply #5)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 10:05 PM

8. Back and forth at the NLBR already

With claims and counter claims.

We are not at union yet, but well on the way.

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Response to nadinbrzezinski (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 10:06 PM

9. Is there a link to find out which of our areas' Walmarts will have walk-outs?

This is great. Nice job on the article!

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Response to pacalo (Reply #9)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 10:07 PM

10. In the article, at the bottom there are two

Color of change and these guys. http://forrespect.org/

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Response to nadinbrzezinski (Reply #10)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 10:10 PM

11. Thanks!

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Response to pacalo (Reply #11)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 10:12 PM

12. You welcome

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Response to nadinbrzezinski (Reply #10)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 10:17 PM

14. This page has a list of areas participating...

http://www.corporateactionnetwork.org/campaigns/black-friday/events

My area isn't on the list but I'm not a Black Friday shopper.

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Response to pacalo (Reply #14)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 10:34 PM

15. Great, I am not either

But I will be up bright an early.

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Response to pacalo (Reply #14)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 10:35 PM

16. Thanks for the link.

I am surprised there are some smaller towns participating. I boycott Walmart every day, though.

In solidarity with those on the lines.

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Response to femmocrat (Reply #16)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 10:57 PM

20. You're most welcome!

I hope this will cause enough impact to force Walmart to treat their employees better.

Think of how many customers each store has daily, how much the average customer spends, & the store profits must be unbelievably huge. There's undoubtedly enough there to give their employees a good living wage, plus benefits.

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Response to pacalo (Reply #14)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 06:43 PM

51. None of those are near me but I'm contemplating showing up at my local store with signs.

For me and my family and extras to hand out to others.

This has got to stop.

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Response to nadinbrzezinski (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 10:15 PM

13. Their evil overlords will not tolerate this act of personhood.

It would threaten their slave-owner mentality too much.

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Response to nadinbrzezinski (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 10:44 PM

17. Word is getting out - my conservative friend surprised the heck out of me

She said she no longer shops at WalMart because of their polices and practices. I was dumbfounded - she is very conservative. Wow! Even an elderly RW relative of mine looked around at everything made in China, and rarely shops there now.

They're definitely getting bad press.

The phrase "I hate WalMart" is becoming more common.

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Response to AnotherMother4Peace (Reply #17)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 10:46 PM

18. And this year I am doing Black Friday

The strike special on aisle two.

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Response to nadinbrzezinski (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 11:01 PM

21. Wonderful! K&R

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Response to nadinbrzezinski (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 11:15 PM

24. LMSP kicking...n/t

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Response to nadinbrzezinski (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 11:20 PM

25. LMSP kicking...

United Food and Commercial Workers International Union

http://makingchangeatwalmart.org/

https://twitter.com/intent/user?screen_name=ChangeWalmart

Washington, D.C. Walmart Workers Walk Off the Job


Posted on November 19, 2012 by jway

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, November 19th, 2012
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Casey Hoag, choag@ufcw.org 202-728-1832

As Black Friday Approaches and Strikes Continue to Spread Nationwide,
Washington, D.C. WALMART WORKERS WALK OFF THE JOB

Community Leaders Join in Call for an End to the Attempts to Silence Workers for Speaking out for Better Jobs

Washington, D.C. –With building frustration around the unanswered calls to Walmart to stop its attempts to silence workers who are speaking out for better jobs, and its discrimination and punishment of workers who have spoken out, Washington, D.C. Walmart workers walked off the job today.

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Response to nadinbrzezinski (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 11:22 PM

26. I posted this on another link about Wal-mart

&feature=player_detailpage

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Response to sheshe2 (Reply #26)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 11:24 PM

27. Even as a reporter

This is a concern.

They are not doing the rallies at the crack of dawn though.

Trust me, I do not want to film that.

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Response to nadinbrzezinski (Reply #27)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 11:44 PM

32. Sadly this was 2008....

With Wal-mart sorely lacking in crowd control and protection for their employees. They were woefully unprepared for the crazed crowd that they faced.

No protests caused this....it was the greed of Wal-mart. They whipped their customers into a frenzy with the promise of sale sale sale. Are there not laws in place that hold Company's like Wal- mart.

It reminds me of the Jodie Foster movie, The Accused. The men that stood aside and egged on the rape were found guilty of enabling the rape.

Wal-mart is enabling the violence and should be prosecuted if this happens again!

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Response to sheshe2 (Reply #32)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 11:51 PM

36. We had another a year ago, iirc

Or was that the pepper spray incident from a customer?

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Response to nadinbrzezinski (Reply #36)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 12:24 AM

43. I remember that too!

Here are More That I found.....Link will provide more info.
I wish you luck on friday...
Happy Thanksgiving!
Peace



If you thought any Black Friday experience you had was beyond ridiculous, just consider yourself lucky no one died (though many people find themselves dying on the inside.)

Alas, that is exactly what happened back in 2008 at a Long Island Wal-Mart. A few facts to convey this incident: over 2,000 people trampled into the store five minutes before scheduled to open. The store never in fact opened. The crowds opened it themselves, chanting push the doors in. And they did, knocking the doors off their hinges and literally basting it apart. If you're wondering what's wrong with these people? Just check out this Walmart people video and it'll all make perfect sense.

It was rumored that the employees all of sudden had to make a human chain to slow down the crowds that kept pouring. Not effective. Turned out the crowds ended up being a lethal Red Rover and they trampled a 34 year old temporary employee.

As other Wal-Mart employees tried to help the man, the crowds knocked them over as well all the while pummeling the downed man to death. When police and paramedics arrived, people kept pushing past them. When police forced the store to close, people kept pushing past them. Their excuse? I was in line since Friday morning! For 20 dollars off a PS3.

You can’t get more cold-hearted than that.




Pregnant Woman Miscarried


Well, you can expect this type of violence if the crowds on Black Friday had been historically so bad they killed a man. This particular takedown occurred at the same place where the Wal-Mart worker was killed, making the 2008 shopping season a historical war zone in that area, which will remain unnamed in this article.

The eighth-month old pregnant woman was probably waiting to buy stuff for her soon to be newborn baby. Instead, she miscarried. The same group of people that knocked the doors off their hinges also managed to create the most brutal abortion imaginable.

Source and video that provide a full explanation.





Old Woman Trampled


It seems like the saga of the madness trying to get into the store will never end. On Black Friday in 2005, all the people who waited in lines for hours at a Florida BrandSmart instinctively formed a mob mentality once the store opened and once again used the force of a hundred people to push themselves into the store. There was no mercy shown, especially towards senior citizens. One 73 year old woman was knocked down and back-stepped on again and again and there was nothing her poor daughter could do to help. One wonders if she was so slow when going in people tossed her aside like a rag doll.




Paralyzed


A woman who was second in line to get into a Wal-Mart (note to self: never go to a Wal-Mart again) ended up getting trampled over in the rush to save 100 dollars on a laptop.

The woman herself puts it best, "I saved 100 dollars on that computer. I’ve probably spent 100,000 dollars on medical bills." In the rush to get to that computer, the woman sustained a concussion, and back and neck pain.

Now, she walks with a cane, is hooked on prescriptions drugs and has memory problems. The husband called the chaos "America’s Running of the Bulls", except instead of goring, the damage comes from being attacked whilst in a fetal position.

Source.


Read more at http://www.ranker.com/list/13-most-brutal-black-friday-injuries-and-deaths/john-barryman#AUPYjm2UUtQ2TvQF.99

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Response to sheshe2 (Reply #43)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 12:28 AM

44. Just in case

Taking the zoom.

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Response to nadinbrzezinski (Reply #44)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 12:33 AM

45. Let me know how it goes for you.

Be Safe!

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Response to sheshe2 (Reply #45)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 12:37 AM

46. The OP is my story

So there will be a news story.

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Response to nadinbrzezinski (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 11:24 PM

28. +1

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Response to nadinbrzezinski (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 11:32 PM

29. A union successfully organizing the majority of Wal-Mart stores would be one of the most important

 

events in American History.

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Response to rDigital (Reply #29)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 11:34 PM

30. Modern American History

They are right now at the NLBR to be exact. Wally World did not file the injunction on time.

I need to furiously take some notes on that, for the Friday story and call corporate in the morning.

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Response to nadinbrzezinski (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 11:48 PM

33. This afternoon, I stopped at Walmart on the way home from work.

The cashiers all looked so scared and weary. I said, "How are you?" and my cashier said, "Fine." But it was so forced. I said, "Have a nice Thanksgiving!" and she said, "Okay. We'll all be here. Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. All day. All three days." I told her, "Listen, people out there are learning about this. Public sentiment is starting to turn your way." She smiled for the first time, but then she had to rush into the next transaction. And her smile was so full of fear. I wonder what their management guys had been saying to them. These are all such good workers. Day in and day out, they are cheerful, helpful, efficient. All for $8.81 an hour. Or less. Come on, we can do better for them than this. When I was a child, the local supermarket would be open for only a few hours on Thanksgiving morning. And only for regular hours the next day. This whole Black Friday idea has gotten way out of hand. Maybe we should not be going to Walmart on Thursday or Friday.

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Response to raging moderate (Reply #33)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 11:53 PM

38. I know. I avoid Wally World

But have been covering a lo of labor stories. It's brewing, and not just Walmart.

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Response to nadinbrzezinski (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 11:50 PM

34. It's all Liz Warren's fault

Her victory at the hands of the well-known unrealists of Massachusetts has emboldened the little people who want "respect" and a "living wage".

She is a willful woman and nothing but trouble! She must be stopped!

Regards,

Third-Way Manny

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Response to MannyGoldstein (Reply #34)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 11:55 PM

39. Third way manny

Some of us in the press will do the strike special, forgive me, educational picket, on Black Friday

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Response to MannyGoldstein (Reply #34)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 07:22 PM

54. Third Party Manny strikes again...nt

Sid

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Response to nadinbrzezinski (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 11:50 PM

35. I need to find out if our Walmart people in Clarkston, Washington are

walking out. If they are I'll get them a couple cases of bottled water and go hang out with them for awhile! Costco is right by there.

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Response to nadinbrzezinski (Original post)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 12:02 AM

40. I'll have to see it to believe it.

Either the workers will chicken out or Walmart will put on some kind of pressure to prevent them from doing it.

But it will be interesting to see.
It would make a hell of a statement if they did but I'm not sure Walmart's reaction would be what the want.

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Response to Kablooie (Reply #40)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 12:05 AM

41. This is nation wide

And I expect a few stores to not do it. But we have had walk ours and other actions already.

I have also talked to workers who work at warehouses, and the conditions are horrific.

For the record, I am not the only one to notice, there are more labor stories than there used to be. I call this birth pains for a new labor movement. I hope this is not as painful as the previous one.

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Response to nadinbrzezinski (Original post)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 12:07 AM

42. Thanks for sharing! K&R

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Response to nadinbrzezinski (Original post)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 02:08 AM

47. This would be incredible. I am tempted to stand in the parking lot

of our local Wally World and see if anything happens there. I've never been in the store, but I would stand outside for a chance to see this.

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Response to AllyCat (Reply #47)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 11:11 AM

49. The link to the national search tool is posted a few times

On the thread.

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Response to nadinbrzezinski (Original post)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 06:58 AM

48. Socialism for the wealthiest as taxpayers pick up the health costs for WalMart workers.

While the Walton family members build billion dollar-plus shrines to themselves.

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Response to Scuba (Reply #48)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 07:16 PM

53. I am not sure anyone from the Walton family

is even on the board of directors any more.
This is NOT the company Sam Walton built.

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Response to nadinbrzezinski (Original post)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 02:50 PM

50. Sponsor a Striker!

Go here:
https://www.wepay.com/donations/dont-let-walmart-silence-workers-support-worker-leaders-who-are-calling-for-change
to sponsor a striker. Your donation will pay for a food card for a striking Walmart worker.

(I found the link via http://makingchangeatwalmart.org/stand-up/)

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Response to athena (Reply #50)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 07:28 PM

55. Great idea!

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Response to athena (Reply #50)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 07:31 PM

56. kick!

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Response to nadinbrzezinski (Original post)

Wed Nov 21, 2012, 06:50 PM

52. I don't usually shop Black Friday

....but I would *almost* feel like showing up to one of these Walmarts.

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Response to nadinbrzezinski (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 10:20 AM

57. 10:15 on the east coast. Any Walmarts shut down?

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