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(Huffington Post)   Fed up Walmart wage slaves threaten to disrupt Black Friday. Shiat just got serious   (huffingtonpost.com) divider line 259
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2012-10-11 10:10:00 AM
Easily replaceable.
 
2012-10-11 10:10:50 AM
wow. I don't know what's more shocking - that walmart workers are growing a spine or that walmart hasn't fired them all and hired new people.
 
2012-10-11 10:13:28 AM

Walker: Easily replaceable.


you reach a point of diminishing returns though. if you end up firing and replacing your entire staff once every six months then you've officially spent more money hiring, training and replacing workers than you did if you had just given them what they wanted in the first place. do you want to make money or do you want to crush union activity? if the goal is making money, then in the long term it pays off to treat your workers better. if you want to crush unions then get used to a complete turnover every 6 months, or until you completely exhaust the local labor pool and start shutting down stores.
 
2012-10-11 10:24:28 AM
Line the bolsheviks up against the wall and shoot them!

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2012-10-11 10:28:01 AM
They shouldn't have talked about it... just quietly arranged the walkout or strike or sick-out or whatever and left Wal-Mart hanging on Black Friday.
 
2012-10-11 10:28:52 AM
Shut up and watch the clock, proles. The job creators have only your best interests in mind, so quit yer biatchin and here's how you apply for food stamps.
 
2012-10-11 10:28:57 AM
I wish these groups would use acronyms that spelled easily remembered words.
 
2012-10-11 10:30:16 AM

AverageAmericanGuy: I wish these groups would use acronyms that spelled easily remembered words.


For example:
United Food and Commercial Workers' Making Change At Walmart
UFCWMCAW?

That's meaningless..
 
2012-10-11 10:30:39 AM
While I liked to see this iirc it is like 150 people who are on strike based on the npr story. It's probably people who have husbands or wives who make a good wage where they are financially secure enough to do this, most wal-mart employees are prob not in the same boat.
 
2012-10-11 10:31:17 AM
The craziest thing about Walmart is that the jobs are so shiatty they're really not worth the trouble to strike over...
 
2012-10-11 10:32:36 AM

AverageAmericanGuy: I wish these groups would use acronyms that spelled easily remembered words.


Uniting (and) Strengthening America (by) Providing Appropriate Tools Required (to) Intercept (and) Obstruct Terrorism Act of 2001.

WTF is wrong with people.
 
2012-10-11 10:33:54 AM
Great article...the employees are striking over...what? "working conditions"? "Unfair Labor Practices"? That's helpful.

TFA fail.
 
2012-10-11 10:34:17 AM

Fragarach: The craziest thing about Walmart is that the jobs are so shiatty they're really not worth the trouble to strike over...


Pretty much this.

I worked for Fred Meyer for a few years (great company to work for by the way) and only left because they couldn't offer my the wages I wanted to be making at the time (went into IT while at college).

I can't even fathom what it's like to work for Walmart

Once more, I can't fathom people thinking that job is worth striking over. I see Wallyworld giving them one or two more serious strikes before telling them to STFU and start firing people to make an example.
 
2012-10-11 10:34:46 AM
Wal-Mart is famous for opposing unions. They are known to close down stores or cancel opening ones at any serious talk of unionization.

Expect Mal-Wart to take this seriously. They employ more of the weak, poor and downtrodden in the US than any other company, and they are very effective at keeping them that way.

I recall reading that Wal-Mart makes so much profit, that they could afford to pay every worker there at least $10/hour and it would only raise the average cost of a shopping trip there by $0.50. It would be only pennies to the item to pay a living wage to their workers.

They don't want workers making living wages, they want maximum profits at any cost. The typical Wal-Mart has employees at it receiving $450,000 in food stamps every year. They underpay their employees, then pass along the cost of their workers being able to afford food and basic cost of living to taxpayers in the form of social welfare programs. But since it doesn't show up on the sales receipt, they don't care.
 
2012-10-11 10:35:31 AM
Unions destroy everything they touch.

They create a threat of economic terrorism to the companies who employ these workers, and pay them well given their abilities.

In the end, what happens is that costs go up to the consumer, competitiveness goes down, organized crime and corruption come in, and while the union workers are overpaid, they're no longer in a growth industry.

As a result only incompetents remain.

Look at what unions did to American automakers.
 
2012-10-11 10:35:33 AM
The American Consumer shouldn't be concerned with this. Black Friday is a rip-off, but they'll come out in droves anyway.
 
2012-10-11 10:36:08 AM

Fragarach: The craziest thing about Walmart is that the jobs are so shiatty they're really not worth the trouble to strike over...


Maybe so, but striking on Black Friday would be pretty lulzworthy at least.

/That day can go suck a big one
 
2012-10-11 10:36:30 AM

ShadowLAnCeR: Fragarach: The craziest thing about Walmart is that the jobs are so shiatty they're really not worth the trouble to strike over...

Pretty much this.

I worked for Fred Meyer for a few years (great company to work for by the way) and only left because they couldn't offer my the wages I wanted to be making at the time (went into IT while at college).

I can't even fathom what it's like to work for Walmart

Once more, I can't fathom people thinking that job is worth striking over. I see Wallyworld giving them one or two more serious strikes before telling them to STFU and start firing people to make an example.


With all due respect, maybe the workers at WallyMart didn't go into IT while at college. Maybe it's WallyMart or starvation. Or rather, Wallymart and slow starvation, or unemployment and somewhat faster starvation.
 
2012-10-11 10:36:58 AM
I think all the WalMart wage slaves would like to strike, but they fear retribution.

Afterall, the six richest members of the family that owns Walmart have a combined worth greater than the lowest 30% of the USA.

They did not get that wealthy by being nice to workers.
 
2012-10-11 10:37:22 AM

Walker: Easily replaceable.


Ironically, perhaps, a lot easier to replace than actual slaves, who were always in short supply and cost a lot more per capita than minimum wage.

Of course, it was just a one-time investment, apart from the sort-of food and sort-of shelter.
 
2012-10-11 10:37:43 AM

FirstNationalBastard: They shouldn't have talked about it... just quietly arranged the walkout or strike or sick-out or whatever and left Wal-Mart hanging on Black Friday.


it's a bargaining strategy, not a punishment. it's like the doomsday device, it's completely ineffective if you don't tell anyone about it.
 
2012-10-11 10:37:48 AM

Walker: Easily replaceable.


If they start striking at midnight on black friday it doesn't matter how easy they are to replace the damage is already done since the stores would need to shut down for at least the day.
 
2012-10-11 10:38:14 AM
I wonder if this will raise the usual Walmart Black Friday death toll above the usual two or three.
 
2012-10-11 10:38:23 AM

FirstNationalBastard: They shouldn't have talked about it... just quietly arranged the walkout or strike or sick-out or whatever and left Wal-Mart hanging on Black Friday.


If life skills like "strategic thinking" were in effect, they wouldn't be at Walmart, would they?
 
2012-10-11 10:38:47 AM

BronyMedic: Line the bolsheviks up against the wall and shoot them!

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Is that the Ludlow Massacre or maybe the Matewan Massacre or maybe the Lattimer massacre? Which time American companies murdered union workers (using local law enforcement) is it?
 
2012-10-11 10:39:27 AM

Private_Citizen: I think all the WalMart wage slaves would like to strike, but they fear retribution.

Afterall, the six richest members of the family that owns Walmart have a combined worth greater than the lowest 30% of the USA.

They did not get that wealthy by being nice to workers.


No, they got that way just like Romney: they inherited it.
 
2012-10-11 10:39:54 AM

StoPPeRmobile: AverageAmericanGuy: I wish these groups would use acronyms that spelled easily remembered words.

Uniting (and) Strengthening America (by) Providing Appropriate Tools Required (to) Intercept (and) Obstruct Terrorism Act of 2001.

WTF is wrong with people.


That sounds like a patriotic law
 
2012-10-11 10:40:45 AM

Valiente: Ironically, perhaps, a lot easier to replace than actual slaves, who were always in short supply and cost a lot more per capita than minimum wage.


With actual slaves, you're responsible for their welfare.

With wage slaves, you just wait for people who are not bright and/or make bad decisions to come along. They are unskilled, so you pay them a reasonable rate, and then it's not your concern what happens to them. If they blow it on drugs and end up dead on the street, just "lol" and that's their personal choice.

From what I've seen of Wal-mart workers, very few actually do much of anything. It's an easy job.
 
2012-10-11 10:41:16 AM

sodomizer: Unions destroy everything they touch.

They create a threat of economic terrorism to the companies who employ these workers, and pay them well given their abilities.

In the end, what happens is that costs go up to the consumer, competitiveness goes down, organized crime and corruption come in, and while the union workers are overpaid, they're no longer in a growth industry.

As a result only incompetents remain.

Look at what unions did to American automakers.


Yeah I mean it was the auto workers unions that forced planned obsolescence on management, that caused them to ignore the Japanese threat, to lower quality year after year, to continue to manufacture big inefficient cars and trucks when the price of gas was sky rocketing. Oh wait, no it was not.

You are a farking idiot who believes lies and the liars who tell them, I bet you are a Republitard who is going to vote for the ultimate liar Mitt Romney.
 
2012-10-11 10:41:36 AM
So if you go to Walmart on that day, you won't be find someone who can assist you?

Will the shoppers notice?
 
2012-10-11 10:41:40 AM

sodomizer: Unions destroy everything they touch.

They create a threat of economic terrorism to the companies who employ these workers, and pay them well given their abilities.

In the end, what happens is that costs go up to the consumer, competitiveness goes down, organized crime and corruption come in, and while the union workers are overpaid, they're no longer in a growth industry.

As a result only incompetents remain.

Look at what unions did to American automakers.


Wow, you just a-threadshiattin' everywhere today, aren't you?
 
2012-10-11 10:41:56 AM
$10/hr on a 40 hour work week gets you $20,800/year before taxes. Below the poverty line.
 
2012-10-11 10:42:01 AM
I'd rather get angry at the customers. What the fark is wrong with you people? You don't need all that shiat!
 
2012-10-11 10:42:11 AM
Maybe these jobs will become worthy of striking over if the workers keep fighting for better working conditions, pay, and benefits. Or maybe Wal-Mart will be driven out of business.

Either way, it's a win.
 
2012-10-11 10:42:26 AM

sodomizer: If they blow it on drugs and end up dead on the street, just "lol" and that's their personal choice.


Especially if you've taken out life insurance policies on them. (But they totally swear they don't do that anymore.)
 
2012-10-11 10:42:38 AM
disrupting a Walmart black-friday could be done with free week-old donuts and r00fies
 
2012-10-11 10:42:55 AM

Slaves2Darkness: sodomizer: Unions destroy everything they touch.

They create a threat of economic terrorism to the companies who employ these workers, and pay them well given their abilities.

In the end, what happens is that costs go up to the consumer, competitiveness goes down, organized crime and corruption come in, and while the union workers are overpaid, they're no longer in a growth industry.

As a result only incompetents remain.

Look at what unions did to American automakers.

Yeah I mean it was the auto workers unions that forced planned obsolescence on management, that caused them to ignore the Japanese threat, to lower quality year after year, to continue to manufacture big inefficient cars and trucks when the price of gas was sky rocketing. Oh wait, no it was not.

You are a farking idiot who believes lies and the liars who tell them, I bet you are a Republitard who is going to vote for the ultimate liar Mitt Romney.


Nah, he's just a regular sociopath, he's not voting for anyone, and he doesn't even believe what he posts. Just a garden-variety troll.
 
2012-10-11 10:43:09 AM

sodomizer: Unions destroy everything they touch.

They create a threat of economic terrorism to the companies who employ these workers, and pay them well given their abilities.

In the end, what happens is that costs go up to the consumer, competitiveness goes down, organized crime and corruption come in, and while the union workers are overpaid, they're no longer in a growth industry.

As a result only incompetents remain.

Look at what unions did to American automakers.


unions enacted some critical change in the american labor force when they started, effectively leaving behind the dickensian version of the industrial revolution, and entering the modern era.

however, I don't think they are as important now. I believe in collective bargaining, but I think unionization is an extreme that our labor markets no longer need. I know the two are related, but a union is a permanent institution that takes over everything, while collective bargaining is issue based. the feds have installed enough labor protection laws, that I don't think unions are necessary any more.

but, collective bargaining is great. a lone person can never ask for change, he'll just get fired. but the whole group can. and, either they all get fired, or they enact change. the union, on the other hand, has too much management-like power.

but, i don't study this stuff closely. so, my opinion is somewhat ill informed and more conjecture than anything else.
 
2012-10-11 10:43:44 AM

stonicus: $10/hr on a 40 hour work week gets you $20,800/year before taxes. Below the poverty line.


They should have worked harder at being born into a rich family, like Romney and the Waltons.
 
2012-10-11 10:43:50 AM
I'm pretty sure my local Walmart's employees have been on a work slowdown protest for years now. At least I think that's what it is.
 
2012-10-11 10:44:15 AM

Weaver95: or that walmart hasn't fired them all and hired new people.


I have family that live in Bentonville, so one day we visited the Sam Walton museum to kill some time. Next door is an old law office, and in the office window is a sign that says "UNION BUSTING".
 
2012-10-11 10:44:21 AM

sodomizer: Unions destroy everything they touch.


Like 72 hour, 6 day work weeks, child labor, unregulated working conditions, indentured emploment....

FYI, history didn't start in 1981
 
2012-10-11 10:44:46 AM
Set up suicide nets and GBTW.
 
2012-10-11 10:44:55 AM

Valiente: Walker: Easily replaceable.

Ironically, perhaps, a lot easier to replace than actual slaves, who were always in short supply and cost a lot more per capita than minimum wage.

Of course, it was just a one-time investment, apart from the sort-of food and sort-of shelter.


Funny you should mention food and shelter. The wages paid by Walmart to their wage slaves don't cover either in many cases - which is why so many Walmart workers rely on food stamps and housing assistance.

So Yes, wage slaves are cheaper than actual slaves. (And if they break, you kick em to the curb and get another one. Actual slaves had to be cared for as they represented a capital investment.)
 
2012-10-11 10:45:12 AM

AverageAmericanGuy: AverageAmericanGuy: I wish these groups would use acronyms that spelled easily remembered words.

For example:
United Food and Commercial Workers' Making Change At Walmart
UFCWMCAW?

That's meaningless..


You can always incorporate secondary letters.

UnFoaCoWMaCaW

There. Unfoa-Cow-Macaw It's f*cking easy, people.
 
2012-10-11 10:45:41 AM
David Tovar, Walmart VP of communications [said] "These strikes are an attempt by the unions to further their own political and financial agendas,"

How dare they? Furthering political and financial agendas is a right reserved to the 1%!! What, every man's a king now? Preposterous!
 
2012-10-11 10:45:57 AM

FirstNationalBastard: They shouldn't have talked about it... just quietly arranged the walkout or strike or sick-out or whatever and left Wal-Mart hanging on Black Friday.


Pretty much this. They should have kept it quiet. I think a slowdown would be effective and wouldn't be as likeily to threaten everyone's job.
 
2012-10-11 10:46:19 AM

AverageAmericanGuy: AverageAmericanGuy: I wish these groups would use acronyms that spelled easily remembered words.

For example:
United Food and Commercial Workers' Making Change At Walmart
UFCWMCAW?

That's meaningless..


Unsolicited Finger in the guy who sang "Convoy"?
 
2012-10-11 10:46:32 AM

sodomizer: Unions destroy everything they touch.

They create a threat of economic terrorism to the companies who employ these workers, and pay them well given their abilities.

In the end, what happens is that costs go up to the consumer, competitiveness goes down, organized crime and corruption come in, and while the union workers are overpaid, they're no longer in a growth industry.

As a result only incompetents remain.

Look at what unions did to American automakers.


You're totally right, unions are bad, if your goal is cheap, dispensable, powerless labor. You must pine for the glory days of the Industrial Revolution where workers could slave away 7 days a week in horrendous factory conditions, to be poisoned by chemicals or gasses, or be horribly mutilated or killed by dangerous machinery, all while barely earning enough to survive, and having absolutely no rights or protections under the law. Man those were the good old days!
 
2012-10-11 10:46:54 AM

ghare: Wow, you just a-threadshiattin' everywhere today, aren't you?


When they make a good point, just call them names. - Al Capone
 
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