Unionizing Wal-Mart? Say Goodbye To “Everyday Low Prices”

The chances of successfully unionizing the world’s largest retailer are slim. Wal-Mart has a strong history of busting union movements. I applaud them for their efforts.

A group of Wal-Mart workers are planning to stage a walkout next week on Black Friday, arguably the biggest holiday shopping day for the world’s largest retail store.

The walkout builds on an October strike that started at a Wal-Mart in Los Angeles and spread to stores in 12 other cities. More than 100 workers joined in the October actions.

The union-backed groups OUR Walmart and Making Change at Wal-Mart, and a watchdog group Corporate Action Network, are calling on the nation’s largest employer to end what they call retaliation against employees who speak out for better pay, fair schedules and affordable health care[...]

A Wal-Mart spokeswoman said the number of workers who are raising concerns is very small and don’t represent the views of the vast majority of its workforce of 1.3 million[...]

The strike could have an even greater impact if workers from its supply centers participate, according to Margolies. He said it could impede distribution of merchandise on what is usually the busiest day of the year[...]

Wal-Mart workers have been battling with management over pay, benefits and their ability to speak up for years, experts say.

According to Anthony Bianco, author of Wal-Mart: The Bully of Bentonville, butchers at a Wal-Mart supercenter in Jacksonville, Texas, voted to form a union in 2000 — the first time employees had done so. But soon after that, Wal-Mart eliminated butcher departments in its stores across the country, he said. It has been reported that Wal-Mart said it got rid of its meat department as a cost cutting measure.

A similar thing happened when workers at a Quebec store attempted to unionize in 2005, Bianco said. Wal-Mart closed that store a few months after that. The company said at the time that its decision was prompted by the union wanting to change how the store operated.

The force is strong in the progressive movement these days. They won’t rest until they have destroyed capitalism or been put to rest for good. I can’t wait to see how this unfolds.

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7 Responses to Unionizing Wal-Mart? Say Goodbye To “Everyday Low Prices”

  1. Matt says:

    “Wal-Mart workers have been battling with management over pay, benefits and their ability to speak up for years, experts say.”

    Boo-frikkin’-hoo. Know what’s worse than being dissatisfied with your pay and benefits? Not HAVING any pay and benefits, you hopeless ingrates.

  2. rj says:

    frickin ai, if ya hate your pay, hours,and working conditions be a man, fuckin quit and find another job…I fuckin hate unions and Uholes…

  3. James says:

    Employees I’ve seen at Walmart are likely unemployable otherwise. Walmart has done a great service providing a chance for these people to contribute and be self sufficient. This would not be possible at union wages.

  4. dukkaA says:

    I think James is spot on. Very well said.

  5. dwall says:

    Openly commie Free Press, Robert McChesney, Univ of IL prof and supported by soros is working in the FCC to change media where wd do not see what is happening.

    Wonder if Economic Patriotism starts with the seizure of Hostess. UAW is trying to change their deal with Fiat. Thugs.

    Why did mitt not make the vote about commies attacking the USA?

  6. Locke n Load says:

    Shit, I applaud Hostess as well. Screw the blasted unions, screw their economic illteracy and obstinance. If the day comes that walmart faces the NLRB and loses, well then I hope walmart shuts EVERY store down. I’m not joking.

    Talk to the walmart people and they generally complain about not being able to get full time, and how their health coverage isn’t strong enough. Then ask them how long they’ve been there…

    If the tools have been working there for more than a couple years and haven’t been promoted theres a clue. If they can’t find it in themselves to rise above the level of their peers then chances are they haven’t put in more than the least effort expected. Like James said, they aren’t always drawing the best and brightest.

    But then walmart staffing isn’t high tech. It isn’t dependent upon degrees, or certificates, or advanced skills. Its general retail, an entry level job more suited for kids than executives. It isn’t a livihood unless you want it to be and aim to advance. Same with mcdonalds. The skill sets and experiences you gain in jobs like these can be valuable stepping stones but they aren’t the GOAL for cryin out loud, they’re the education.

    I worked 22 jobs by the time I was 25. 22, really. I was working my ass off for cash and experience. What I gained was proof of the value of hard work, lessons on how to ascend a management chain, and customer relations. But unlike these retards that think being a stockboy is a CAREER, I always understood it was a lesson.

    Now maybe the economy sucks and its the only thing they can do right now. Ok. But then ask yourself little peon walkout turd, are you acting like someone who REALLY wants to control their fate, or are you just acting out?
    Children throw tantrums, adults and winners learn the ropes. And they most certainly DON’T support a paradigm that drags an economy into the business of worrying about the lowest common denominator. Big Labor and socialism think you’re small, useless, and helpless. And you want to join them??

  7. Uke says:

    I’ve never understood the following:

    The first thing I say in such situations to a guy that works at [insert evil company] is, “If pay and conditions are so bad, quit and get another job.”

    They respond, “I can’t find another job! This was the only job I could get!”

    And I say, “So what’s the problem?”

    ***

    Why doesn’t that kill the conversation right there, I’ll never know.

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