Wal-Mart Associates in Dallas Walk Off Job, Protest Suckiness of Working at Wal-Mart

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Strikers this morning at the Wal-Mart off Wheatland Road.

Last week, workers at Wal-Mart stores in Southern California walked off the job in what was, per Salon, the first multi-store strike in the retail giant's history. Today, the protest made its way to Dallas.

Workers at nine area Wal-Mart stores walked off the job this morning to demand higher wages and better working conditions. A few dozen of them gathered in front of the Wal-Mart on Wheatland Road in southern Dallas.

Stacy Cottongame is an overnight stocker at store in Ennis who walked out at about 6:30 a.m. with a handful of coworkers before making her way to the Dallas store. Several months ago, she had her "D-Day" (short for "day of decision"), when she had to write an essay and otherwise convince managers to keep her on the job. It was unfair and humiliating, she said, and it prompted her to search out OUR Wal-Mart, a group helping organize the protests.

Her other critiques -- that Wal-Mart employees are poorly paid, experience poor working conditions, and are generally treated with a lack of respect by the company -- are familiar.

The walk-outs involved a handful of employees from several different stores, and the Wheatland Road location remains open as protesters picket outside. The response from customers has ranged from supportive to sort of puzzled, Cottongame said.

Calls to the Wheatland Road Wal-Mart were referred to the company's corporate headquarters. Company spokesman Dan Fogelman told Salon "There is nothing new, nor historic, about the fact that labor unions want to organize Walmart. Their rally was just the latest publicity stunt by [the United Food & Commercial Workers union] to seek media attention in order to further its political agenda and financial objectives."


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crisi710
crisi710

I been at walmart for 7 years. I am Full-time only getting 25-32 hrs weekly. When I questions my hours to my managers, they said "be happy you have a job. There a lot of people out thier that would do anything for your job."

daniel
daniel

You have to work at Walmart for one year before you get a raise and than it's minimal people only work there because they are desperate.  Usually because they lost a great job and have to work some sort of job to make ends meet.  Walmart is one of the companies that is presently making Obama look good they hire all these people part time so they go off the unemployment compensation.

masane13
masane13

The Walmart in Allen of of Exchange pkwy does the essay writing as well. The Store manager is named Mustafa. Unsure of the last name. I used to work there left due to unfit managers and drama with the bakery associates. Young teens fighting who was dating who. Was too much omg

wontunow
wontunow

Do you know why Sam Walton avoided big cites, and always a built new store, in a smaller town?  Because he was a smart business man.  LOL

DellCameron
DellCameron

Fairness in the market is about opportunity. WalMart is the #1 violator of worker's rights in this country. They've forced people to work off the clock, they've locked their employers in their stores and there is undeniable evidence that women who work for Walmart are systematically denied any chance for advancement. I won't even get into the economic effect their stores have on local businesses or the crime rate, or even their most recent crime of using 40 million dollars to bribe Mexican officials.The employees get paid in exchange for their work, some people will say. Slaves receive food and free rent for their labor. If you work for WalMart for 10 years, that is all you still be able to afford. Those people deserve to be heard. Their claims of inequality are legitimate. 

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

These are the jobs republican vulture capitalists create, with conditions only a little better than what Chinese workers endure.

erickeithscott
erickeithscott

@Dallas_Observer that's what is great about this country. Now they will get fired & some other smuck can work for Walmart

Tim.Covington
Tim.Covington

I have one question, why were they making Stacy Cottongame write an essay? Could it have been a creative means of disciplining an employee rather than just firing her?

ChrisYu
ChrisYu

i've done the same thing when i don't like my 'working conditions' except i kept walking and found another job.

Montemalone
Montemalone topcommenter

Don't these 47%ers know they're damn lucky to have a minimum wage job at all?

Bring back the workhouses I say.

 

Wait, I was channeling Willard.

Never mind.

CraigT42
CraigT42

 @DellCameron Your comparing wage work to slavery says all there is to say about the validity of your claims.

Anyone who wants to quit wal-mart can walk away any time, no one chases them with dogs, no one is whipped, stripped, raped or sold. They are not separated from their family, denied the right to marry, forbidden to learn to read, etc.

gmit
gmit

 @AdultBabies Ive thought that too, until a friend of mine told me what the actual wages and hours are for those folks, its quite amazing there is anyone working there at all!

 

Not that I am for laziness, but for the budgets store have to operate it really is amazing people in a metro area would even bother getting off the couch other than they at least want to work

 

.....and I really doubt these workers pulled this walk out on their own, they are just subjecting themselves another group that wants to profit off what little wages they do get,  and that's the unions 

pak152
pak152

 @Myrna.Minkoff-Katz and what type of jobs do democrats create? oh yeah government jobs. more of which have been created under this administration than private enterprise jobs. and what do government workers create or make?

pak152
pak152

 @Montemalone and as these folks gain skills they have the opportunity to get raises and promotions. someone hired at minimum wage means they have no work skills

DellCameron
DellCameron

 @CraigT42 I was comparing compensation, not physical abuse. However, after handling workers comp claims from Walmart employees for two years, I can honestly say there's plenty of that going on too.

lolotehe
lolotehe

 @pak152  @Myrna.Minkoff-Katz Besides the roads we drive on or making sure our air and water are clean? Besides putting out fires or trying to keep you safe? Is that the kind of stuff you're asking about?

everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

 @scottindallas Ehh, part of it is an "enemy of my enemy thing" and part of it is that I have soft spot in my heart for people who help the poor raise their standard of living and become more independent (as opposed to giving them handouts), whether that person (or corp) makes a profit at it or not.  

 

Well, that's not true, I prefer that the make a profit at it, because then they will do it even more.

everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

@pak152 @Montemalone And once you are there a few months you are over min wage. If you are bad enough to not get a raise you are probably going to be fired.

ceepee
ceepee

 @pak152  @Montemalone I'm not entirely sure that's the case any more in this economy. I've seen professionals working part time as cashiers to make ends meet...

CraigT42
CraigT42

 @DellCameron Nice cop out.  What you were comparing was working at Wal-Mart to being a slave.  An ignorant, offensive, and ridiculous comparison.

Now you go on to further compund it by comparing being injured in an accident to being beaten and raped.  You're 2 for 2 wanna go for 3?

 

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

 @gmit  @AdultBabies  @pak152 it's problematic that a firm can't simply be profitable.  Rather, it's expected that a firm be exponentially profitable for eternity.  That is destructive, irrational, and impossible.  But, holding to that rule has destroyed many fine venerable firms. 

 

You know Pak, that Walmart destroys jobs.  Or, don't you know that even Adam Smith opposed monopolies?  He believed in a diverse set of suppliers; and thought that gov't's role was to ensure that. 

gmit
gmit

 @AdultBabies  @pak152 

 

Its the kind of jobs that mature corporations make, when ran buy unimaginative execs. The cop-out of any corporation when faced with lack of earnings growth is to cut expenses, especially when the history of the company is one of growth through expansion, eventually the market gets saturated and the growth stops. 

 

Why the hell do you think they are pushing so hard at markets like metro Dallas, Mexico, China etc? its really all they have remaining

everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

@monstruss @everlastingphelps @scottindallas It's also a good way to get stabbed in the back. Maybe a better way of putting it is the old quote about recognizing genius by all the dunces being in confederacy against it.

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

 @ceepee  @pak152  @Montemalone I suspect you'd see even more if it weren't for some being too dignified to do that.  I don't say that to be nasty.  Do you wanna buy insurance from the guy clerking at the Dollar Store?

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