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(Huffington Post)   70 Los Angeles Walmart employees hold first-ever strike. Company quickly begins interviewing 23 million potential applicants   (huffingtonpost.com) divider line 11
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2012-10-05 01:06:45 PM
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I did a very brief stint at a Wal Mart during college. Part of my orientation and training was to watch a required 20 minute anti-union movie. It was 20 solid minutes of "Unions are bad! No, seriously, they're the worst. Did we mention how much unions suck? Don't ever join a union or terrorists will rape your baby in the face. Every time someone joins a union, God kills a kitten. Have we mentioned that unions are bad? Did you know that Satan himself came up from the fiery depths of hell to start the first labor union? Oh, and if you even think about saying the word union within 1000 miles of any Wal Mart store, you will be fired." I didn't have any strong opinions about unions one way or the other at the time, but I found the whole thing to be a bit creepy and Orwellian.
2012-10-06 10:31:05 AM
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moefuggenbrew: Nobody unemployed is going to want part time work at walmart...it's less money than unemployment, and you have to do work, at walmart.


And how would you know? I'm sure you're way too precious to even enter a Wal-Mart.

This is why places like Wal-Mart (that is, every retail and service place, ever) likes to hire stupid people. Because stupid people don't think to do things like go on strike.

So if you ever wonder why everyone who runs a register or waits on you is an idiot, blame management, not the people. There are plenty of people who would take those lower-paying jobs who are not semi-retarded. But to places like Wal-mart, being able to treat the employees like crap is more important than making sure than people who use their stores have a decent experience.
2012-10-05 03:52:42 PM
1 votes:

grinding_journalist: "I'm striking because I was retaliated against for speaking out," she said. Valesquez, a single mother of five children, said that with eight hours worth of pay, she "can't even pay one bill. It's very, very hard."

Your problem, I found it.


I don't know anyone that could pay their bills with only 8 hours of work at close to minimum wage.

Also, there are plenty of reasons she might be a single parent with 5 kids and not be the slut that is too dumb to use birth control that you seem to be implying. Maybe she was married and her husband died. Or he ran off with another woman. Or he beat her so she divorced him.

I just know I'd rather she be working and making enough to support her family than living off of welfare.
2012-10-05 02:31:04 PM
1 votes:

mod3072: I did a very brief stint at a Wal Mart during college. Part of my orientation and training was to watch a required 20 minute anti-union movie. It was 20 solid minutes of "Unions are bad! No, seriously, they're the worst. Did we mention how much unions suck? Don't ever join a union or terrorists will rape your baby in the face. Every time someone joins a union, God kills a kitten. Have we mentioned that unions are bad? Did you know that Satan himself came up from the fiery depths of hell to start the first labor union? Oh, and if you even think about saying the word union within 1000 miles of any Wal Mart store, you will be fired." I didn't have any strong opinions about unions one way or the other at the time, but I found the whole thing to be a bit creepy and Orwellian.


I remember that video. It really wasn't that bad. I remember they made a point of saying unions served a purpose back when employees were routinely locked inside buildings full of flammable materials and told 'good luck with that' but that they had 'outlived their purpose.'

Maybe they show a different video in more union friendly parts of the country.
2012-10-05 02:23:20 PM
1 votes:

CujoQuarrel: But wouldn't not showing up for work still be grounds for firing?


"Concerted protected activity" is a fact-based situation, so I can't really say for sure. Here's the NLRB concerted activity page which describes various cases that the NLRB has been involved in. Look at the one about the poultry processing plant in North Carolina and I'll think you'll see an analogy to the present case.

FTFA, I can't tell if she's picketing while she's supposed to be working or not. But there's certainly other employees involved, which is step one, it involves issues that affect other employees as well, which is step two, and she's not tearing stuff up or spreading lies about products in a way that's malicious or vindictive, so it seems like she'shiat the trifecta.
2012-10-05 12:34:50 PM
1 votes:
I go to the dollar store instead of Walmart these days. I don't like having to get all dressed up to shop ....
2012-10-05 12:15:54 PM
1 votes:
Terminated and denied unemployment (insubordination).

Store itself has a 50/50 chance of closure (to remove the undesirable element).
2012-10-05 12:07:54 PM
1 votes:

Snarky Acronym: There's a Walmart market (grocery store) near me I used to patronize, but I quit going. The prices were good but it was depressing going there, the employees were obviously not happy and the clientele always made me thank God when I walked out of there and hadn't been shot while shopping. I even sold my Wal-mart stock just to wash my hands of the whole mess.


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2012-10-05 11:52:12 AM
1 votes:
There's a Walmart market (grocery store) near me I used to patronize, but I quit going. The prices were good but it was depressing going there, the employees were obviously not happy and the clientele always made me thank God when I walked out of there and hadn't been shot while shopping. I even sold my Wal-mart stock just to wash my hands of the whole mess.
2012-10-05 11:04:20 AM
1 votes:
Walmart is doing nothing any other chain is doing/has been doing. If there are more people applying for the job than there are jobs, Walmart has the leverage.

If the economy picks up and Walmart has to compete for employees, then they'll be more reasonable with hours, pay, and benefits.

/Vote Romney for the sake of Walmart employees.
2012-10-05 10:10:55 AM
1 votes:
There message seems to be off-Target.
 
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