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Wed Oct 10, 2012, 08:09 AM

Walmart strike spreads to 12 Cities

Source: Press TV



The first retail worker strike against Walmart has spread from Los Angeles, where it began last week, to stores in a dozen cities, a union official said Tuesday.

Walmart workers walked off the job in Dallas, Seattle, the San Francisco Bay area, Miami, the Washington, D.C., area, Los Angeles, Sacramento, Chicago and Orlando, said Dan Schlademan, director of the United Food and Commercial Workers' Making Change At Walmart campaign. Workers also went on strike in parts of Kentucky, Missouri and Minnesota, he said.

Tuesday's walkouts included 88 workers from 28 stores -- a minuscule fraction of the 1.4 million who work at Walmart, the world's largest private employer. Until Friday, when about 60 Walmart employees walked off the job for a day in LA, no Walmart retail workers had ever gone on strike, the union said.

The workers are protesting company attempts to "silence and retaliate against workers for speaking out for improvements on the job," according to a United Food and Commercial Workers news release. Walmart workers, who are not unionized, have long complained of low pay and a lack of benefits.

Some striking Walmart associates plan to protest Wednesday at a Walmart annual investor meeting at its headquarters in Bentonville, Ark., said a striking worker.

"I make $8.90 an hour and I've worked at Walmart for three years," said Colby Harris, 22, of Dallas. "Everyone at my store lives from check to check and borrows money from each other just to make it through the week."

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trailmonkee Oct 2012 OP
callous taoboy Oct 2012 #1
reteachinwi Oct 2012 #8
AllyCat Oct 2012 #22
callous taoboy Oct 2012 #28
Hubert Flottz Oct 2012 #2
fasttense Oct 2012 #3
reformist2 Oct 2012 #4
Jackpine Radical Oct 2012 #6
whathehell Oct 2012 #7
Janecita Oct 2012 #10
Jackpine Radical Oct 2012 #12
AllyCat Oct 2012 #23
coalition_unwilling Oct 2012 #30
whathehell Oct 2012 #34
LittleGirl Oct 2012 #5
whathehell Oct 2012 #9
LittleGirl Oct 2012 #18
mikeysnot Oct 2012 #19
whathehell Oct 2012 #31
bread_and_roses Oct 2012 #11
cstanleytech Oct 2012 #13
ThatsMyBarack Oct 2012 #14
Tom Ripley Oct 2012 #21
callous taoboy Oct 2012 #29
lalalu Oct 2012 #15
whathehell Oct 2012 #36
Plaid Adder Oct 2012 #16
reteachinwi Oct 2012 #17
Ikonoklast Oct 2012 #20
DhhD Oct 2012 #25
Javaman Oct 2012 #24
JackRiddler Oct 2012 #26
trailmonkee Oct 2012 #32
Proletariatprincess Oct 2012 #27
woo me with science Oct 2012 #33
Evasporque Oct 2012 #35
donna9238 Nov 2012 #37
hrmjustin Nov 2012 #38

Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Wed Oct 10, 2012, 08:19 AM

1. Excellent. Now if

teachers could start doing the same thing, given that the "Wal-Martization" of education is real and pervasive with some of the same issues Wal-Mart workers are protesting.

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Response to callous taoboy (Reply #1)

Wed Oct 10, 2012, 09:20 AM

8. Associate rather than a contractor.

 

One big push in wi is to replace pensions with 401Ks. This needs a big push back.

http://www.workdayminnesota.org/index.php?news_6_5353

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Response to reteachinwi (Reply #8)

Wed Oct 10, 2012, 10:46 AM

22. 401Ks are easily raided by the banksters and Wall Street.

Walker is awful for our state.

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Response to reteachinwi (Reply #8)

Wed Oct 10, 2012, 12:45 PM

28. They are doing the same thing to TX teachers.

Just went to a meeting of retired teachers. The message was they want to switch from pension (3/4/ of salary for life) to a plan where you get exactly the money you put inot the retirement system.

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Wed Oct 10, 2012, 08:19 AM

2. K&R For

Solidarity!

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Wed Oct 10, 2012, 08:30 AM

3. The Walton family makes billions off of the backs of these poor people.

Yet, they can't be bothered to pay them a living wage where their workers don't have to go on food stamps and subsidized health care. We subsidized Wal-Mart workers with our tax dollars so the Waltons can make another billion by avoiding paying their workers a decent wage.

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Wed Oct 10, 2012, 08:42 AM

4. It's funny...wherever there's a billionaire, somewhere there are thousands who have been exploited

for that billionaire to have made his money.

Romney/Bain? - thousands of fired factory workers across the country

Walton family/WalMart - thousands of underpaid/overworked employees around the world

Even Apple/Steve Jobs - thousands of workers at Foxconn living in workhouses in China

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Response to reformist2 (Reply #4)

Wed Oct 10, 2012, 09:09 AM

6. Who was it--Anatole France, maybe?--that said

"Behind every great fortune lies a great crime!"?

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Response to Jackpine Radical (Reply #6)

Wed Oct 10, 2012, 09:17 AM

7. I think it was Balzac, but I'm not sure.

I remember first seeing the quote in the prologue to The Godfather.

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Response to whathehell (Reply #7)

Wed Oct 10, 2012, 09:26 AM

10. It was Balzac

And he was totally right.

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Response to Janecita (Reply #10)

Wed Oct 10, 2012, 09:32 AM

12. Yup. Thanks.

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Response to Janecita (Reply #10)

Wed Oct 10, 2012, 10:47 AM

23. Welcome to DU!

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Response to Janecita (Reply #10)

Wed Oct 10, 2012, 01:00 PM

30. From "Le Pere Goriot," but it's very loosely translated from the original French, IIRC. Literally

 

translated, the quote reads:

"The secret of great fortunes without apparent cause is a crime forgotten, for it (the crime) was properly done."

From the original:

Le secret des grandes fortunes sans cause apparente est un crime oublié, parce qu'il a été proprement fait.

http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Honor%C3%A9_de_Balzac#Le_P.C3.A8re_Goriot_.281835.29

I actually like Balzac's version better

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Response to Janecita (Reply #10)

Wed Oct 10, 2012, 01:16 PM

34. Thanks for the confirmation.

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Wed Oct 10, 2012, 08:49 AM

5. I stand with them

While taking a college Management course in '91, I learned about Walmart and boycotted them ever since. Their disgraceful treatment of women and employees made me realize that every dime I spent there was being sent to the family and not the employees. I learned about how the social service departments of the local community was pushed to the limit with assistance for food stamps because of the low wages they paid. I came from a union parent family. I couldn't understand this and decided, enough. They weren't getting my hard earned wages for their cheap made-in-China crap anymore.

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Response to LittleGirl (Reply #5)

Wed Oct 10, 2012, 09:23 AM

9. Good for you...I stand with them as well. There's a DVD about WalMart

called "WalMart -- the high price of low wages".

I'm from a union family too. My father was an organizer in the early '40s.

I have a bumper sticker on my car which I display proudly:

Unions: The Anti-Theft Device for Working People.

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Response to whathehell (Reply #9)

Wed Oct 10, 2012, 10:19 AM

18. +1 eom

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Response to whathehell (Reply #9)

Wed Oct 10, 2012, 10:21 AM

19. Current tv has been running

it after Steph Miller, look for it.

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Response to mikeysnot (Reply #19)

Wed Oct 10, 2012, 01:05 PM

31. Oh, good...Thanks for the info.

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Wed Oct 10, 2012, 09:28 AM

11. YES! K & R!

Solidarity to these brave people.

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Wed Oct 10, 2012, 09:51 AM

13. Look Colby, if they paid you and others a decent wage it would mean either prices would have to rise

or those at the corporate management level might actually have to suffer horribly by taking a pay cut from their +6 figure salaries if not both so really you need to suck it up and learn to live from pay check to pay check like the rest of the 47% has to.


And yes, thats sarcasm folks.
Hopefully the strike will help them get better pay but considering its walmart I am not going to hold my breath over it.

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Wed Oct 10, 2012, 09:55 AM

14. RIP Sam Walton

Bet he's smiling down on these workers.

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Response to ThatsMyBarack (Reply #14)

Wed Oct 10, 2012, 10:40 AM

21. NOT LIKELY: "I pay low wages. I can take advantage of that. We're going to be successful...

but the basis is a very low-wage, low-benefit model of employment." Sam Walton

That sonofabitch can rest in dirt.

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Response to Tom Ripley (Reply #21)

Wed Oct 10, 2012, 12:47 PM

29. Sam Walton was an asshole.

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Wed Oct 10, 2012, 09:56 AM

15. People need to support them and boycott Walmart

 

I have for years.

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Response to lalalu (Reply #15)

Wed Oct 10, 2012, 02:20 PM

36. Me too...I never buy anything there. n/t

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Wed Oct 10, 2012, 09:58 AM

16. Excellent. If this works, it will be more important to the economy than anything Mitt is planning.

n/t

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Wed Oct 10, 2012, 10:06 AM

17. Support

 

Send them a message.

http://forrespect.org/

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Wed Oct 10, 2012, 10:26 AM

20. The UFCW left the AFL-CIO because they we were tired of begging them to support us

in our WalMart organizing efforts.

If the AFL-CIO had pulled their heads out of their asses twenty years ago and supported our efforts, instead of ignoring us in favor of manufacturing union members, ALL of WalMart might have been organized today.

It takes money, which the AFL-CIO was more than willing to take from our members, but was unwilling to share in our organizing efforts.

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Response to Ikonoklast (Reply #20)

Wed Oct 10, 2012, 11:00 AM

25. And if AFL-CIO were backing the workers, then we/I could boycott by buying groceries at another chain

for one week out of the month. Wal mart would make fast changes.

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Wed Oct 10, 2012, 10:51 AM

24. Yayyyyy! nt

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Wed Oct 10, 2012, 11:01 AM

26. You have to go to Iranian TV for coverage of this!

The US corporate media.

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Response to JackRiddler (Reply #26)

Wed Oct 10, 2012, 01:13 PM

32. nice huh?

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Wed Oct 10, 2012, 11:42 AM

27. Good news about Walmart at long last!

I hope this is just the beginning, but I worry that all the strikers will be fired and the NLRB will take years to rule in thier favor. Workers still have the lawful right to concerted activity, but only if the laws work and the workers are committed to justice in the long run.
Good luck to all those brave Walmart workers.

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Wed Oct 10, 2012, 01:16 PM

33. K&R WE SUPPORT YOU!

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Wed Oct 10, 2012, 01:34 PM

35. and mainstream news media is silent as they cash WalMart ad checks...nt

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Response to trailmonkee (Original post)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 02:10 AM

37. Support the strikers

I'd like to support strikers in Missouri, maybe by taking them lunch or at least coffee. Is there any way to find out if/where a Walmart is being picketed in my area? Thanks!

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Response to donna9238 (Reply #37)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 03:50 PM

38. Welcome to DU!

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