About 200 Walmart Associates in Dallas Plan to Walk Off the Job Thanksgiving Night

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Striking workers at the Walmart on Wheatland Road in October.

In October, Walmart associates in Dallas and elsewhere walked off the job in protest. But that was merely a prelude. OUR Walmart, the group that organized the October strike, is planning another one on holiest of retail days: Black Friday.

The labor action will actually begin on Thanksgiving night, since that's when Walmart has decided Black Friday actually starts, taking the inevitable step of transforming Thanksgiving from a prelude to a massive consumer orgy into part of the consumer orgy itself. Organizers expect somewhere around 200 associates in the Dallas area to walk out and gather at a yet-to-be-determined Walmart near downtown. At 10 or so Friday morning, the workers will walk back on the job, just to see how management reacts.

This week's strike is part of an escalating battle between OUR Walmart, an employees' group backed and funded by the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, and Walmart, which is famously anti-union. Workers are protesting low wages, poor benefits, arbitrary cuts to hours and the general suckiness of working at Walmart.

The retailer fired back late last week in a filing with the National Labor Relations Board charging UFCW with unlawfully disrupting business. The complaint is currently under review.

There's no doubt, though, that this week's strikes will go forward. Colby Harris, a striker from Dallas who has been widely quoted in media coverage of the strikes, said that Walmart "is doing everything in its power to attempt to silence our voice" and that the Black Friday action is a necessary next step.

The most immediate question is what impact the strikes will have. The October protests marshaled a decent number of picketers in neon green T-shirts to the Wheatland Road Walmart but involved just a small, almost infinitesimal fraction of the workers at any given store. This time will likely be much the same, though it's anyone's guess what will happen when you throw a couple of hundred disgruntled employees into a scrum of the most die-hard shoppers. Nasty things can happen.

The larger question is whether OUR Walmart's efforts will change in any meaningful way how the company does business. For better or for worse, jobs at the world's largest private employer epitomize what is out there for the low-skill workers who, as the Hostess saga reminds us, were once able to find middle-class employment. If organizers have any success, it will be a major coup for organized labor. So far, Walmart shows no signs of backing down.

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DOCensors
DOCensors

Based on the slideshow it looks like 5 or 6 actual Walmart employees and a handful of carpetbagging communist college idiots.

hinmanpe
hinmanpe

It's not "yOUR" Walmart!

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

Meg Massillon-ohio Butler wrote: 

"The People have a God-given right to Unionize. How else can they have any power to speak against tyrants?"

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Number 1, this is not 1832, and you are not being forced to work in a Fall River shoe factory for 8 cents a day!

 

I once worked with some union folks back east, and you have never seen a lazier and more entitled lot than them;  I'm all for working and getting results, getting promoted, etc.  I'm NOt for taking a REQUIRED break every ten minutes. Unions are a racket, used to serve the UNION, not the worker. 

 

ps-Keep that sh+t up north!

 

espinozajoni.je
espinozajoni.je

Microsoft has been using temps since back in the early '80's. This means you get canned before your 6 months and/or get 30 hr work week. That way they don't have to pay benefits. That is exactly what Walmart is doing to their employees also. Welcome to the truth about corporate america in 2012.

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

Justin 'Dub' Cook wrote:

"Yeah, screw those guys for wanting fair treatment, a better quality of life themselves and their fellow employees, and wanting to spend the holidays with their families just like anyone else. The lack of sympathy and compassion for the average worker that I've seen this week in regard to this story and others is sickening. When did we decide that a worker's desire for a livable wage...at the job they enjoy, with a company they wish to see succeed...makes them the scum of the earth? Then we sit here and wonder why the middle class is disappearing."

 

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Justin is partly right in that our valued middle class is disappearing....and when that's gone, we are back smack dab in feudalism again!  But Dub, they chose to work at WM, and they can quit.......they are not being held as slaves, and they can walk across the street to Kroger and apply for a BETTER job. 

 

fistofsouth
fistofsouth

A Private in the US Army makes the equivalent of about $1.11 an hour to get fucking shot at,  They can't unionize, which is why Soldiers get paid so little, well that and Bumper Sticker Patriots don't put their money where their mouth is.  Tell you what WalMart Fucksticks; you tell the VA to give me the benefits I've EARNED and I'll start thinking about giving a shit about your plight.  In the meantime I'll just kickback and enjoy the tinnitus, fucked up neck and PTSD that I got protecting your sorry ass.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

Crappo Walmart has to open on Thanksgiving, when its employees should be at home with their families?

ChrisYu
ChrisYu

twinkie bakers were pullin 48000 bucks starting, so yeah let's compare it to that.

i'd be pissed off too, Walmart workers i'm with ya

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

Dallas teachers having to work an extra 30 minutes a day; and Walmart employee's not being treated as they want..........go work in a factory or a steel mill for 16 hours a day-just saying. 

 

ps-What's next; postal employee's asking for MORE benefits.   Shit man, scrap the post office, and I'll ship all letters via UPS!  At least the UPS guy won't feel entitled, and run over my mailbox (and insist he didn't) 3 times in 5 years. 

 

ps-Maybe those junk mail +ssholes will go out of business!  Imagine a world with no mail clutter.-ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!

BobLowlaw
BobLowlaw

My prediction for the lead story on television news Friday "The expected employee troubles at Walmart failed to materialize as stores operated normally."

Being Meg
Being Meg

The People have a God-given right to Unionize. How else can they have any power to speak against tyrants?

MisterMean
MisterMean

I will be staying at home Friday Saturday and Sunday.  To hell with Black Friday and Cyber Monday.  If I was really concerned about saving money I would celebrate Christmas on January 6th the Russian/Greek Orthodox day Christmas is celebrated-lots of sales after Christmas December 25th.

espinozajoni.je
espinozajoni.je

If there is a Hell, the living Waltons will go there. They won't be seeing Sam 'cause he went the other way.....

espinozajoni.je
espinozajoni.je

The Waltons are the epitome of American Greed. They show up in the Top 10 Richest people in the world but they can't hire door greeters anymore? I've boycotted them for some time now simply because they throw away so much good food every day. I was willing to pickup the "timed-out" ckickens and take them to the Humane Society but "It's against company policy". Well it's againstmy policy to throw away good food....

Steve Handy
Steve Handy

Have any of you that are on here bashing these people for trying to take a stand ever had the pleasure to work for Wal-Mart? I doubt it. I did, 10 years ago when I was young and unskilled and let me tell you, I learned a lot. A lot about how much bullshit the company really is. There's a reason that those employees don't give a rat's ass about you when you're in there shopping. Working a job and not making enough to preclude you from public assistance is bullshit. It's great if you're the corporation and you can get away with propping up your labor costs using tax dollars, but isn't that much more akin to that evil S(ocialism) word that everyone in Texas fears? Wal-mart has become a juggernaut by ripping everyone off, and here you people are defending them.

Chitagua
Chitagua

Is it just me or is that moron wearing the Bulls cap flashing gang signs?

ermagherd
ermagherd

These people are so stupid it explains why they work at Walmart. Nobody is forcing them to work at Walmart. If they don't like it they can leave. Instead, the typical "I'm an American and I'm entitled to x,y,z" shows up here. I'm glad Walmart is telling these people, and any unions, to go pound sand. Walmart is free to do business as they please, and as long as their customers are happy that is all that matters.

Gretchen Niles
Gretchen Niles

Too bad they can't get more than 200 people to make a real impact. A sign of how bad people need jobs. Walmart should just close & give everyone the day off but that would be the RIGHT thing to do.

David Hernandez Jr
David Hernandez Jr

I've worked at Wal Mart and given my resignation with two middle fingers. I support them 100% and their quest to get what they want, even though I know they don't stand a chance.

Coleman Chance
Coleman Chance

great idea! how about you go work at Wal-Mart and see how conditions are for yourself!

Justin 'Dub' Cook
Justin 'Dub' Cook

Yeah, screw those guys for wanting fair treatment, a better quality of life themselves and their fellow employees, and wanting to spend the holidays with their families just like anyone else. The lack of sympathy and compassion for the average worker that I've seen this week in regard to this story and others is sickening. When did we decide that a worker's desire for a livable wage...at the job they enjoy, with a company they wish to see succeed...makes them the scum of the earth? Then we sit here and wonder why the middle class is disappearing.

vernah
vernah

Walmart will probably replace all these people, With so many people out of work these days , the workers might be shooting themselves in the foot. Just saying.

Andie Hoffman Rathbone
Andie Hoffman Rathbone

Obviously you don't know about Texas employment law. WalMart can fire anyone for any reason it chooses. It would be nice if retail establishments paid people enough that they don't qualify for food stamps & Mesicaid.

Rumpunch1
Rumpunch1

No wage is really based on its "worth", rather it is based on supply and demand.  Basically, your pay is where the least you will take and the most your employer will give you meet.  If you don't like your pay, either ask for more or leave.  If there is not someone there to take your job for what you made, then they will pay more.

What the WM employees must understand, is that there are many people willing to take their jobs for what or less than they currently make.  Therefore, if you pull this kind of stunt, you will be out of a job.  And since you violated company policy and walked off the job, you will get no unemployment.  In addition, since these employees made sure WM knew of their plans, I bet that WM has already hired their replacements.

 

dallasmedia
dallasmedia

It's time this country got back to its roots. Sometimes sacrifices have to be made. How could we have built the railroads or steel industry without common workers sacrificing their health for minimum pay? Sure, great men like Rockefeller, J.P. Morgan and Carnegie could have sacrificed a few million to uplift working conditions, then how would they have bought a president and created horizontal and vertical monopolies? I'm with @MikeWestEast-- Just suck it up and be glad you have a job, Wal-Mart employees. If corporate gave you another dollar per hour the whole system would fall apart.

ptmoore2012
ptmoore2012

There are plenty of other places to work if you want to work in retail. If you don't like Wal-Mart go somewhere else or train for a better job. 

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

Is the general suckiness of working at Walmart the reason their employees are generally sucky?

 

Because the only people less pleasant than Walmart employees are the other customers.

gmit
gmit

 @kergo1spaceship Wouldnt you work at Kroger first or maybe ChickFla and get those Sundays off !

espinozajoni.je
espinozajoni.je

@fistofsouth Did you not research what you were getting into before you volunteeted? Or were you forst to enlist because there are no jobs where you live??

backup
backup

 @fistofsouth

 Instead of slinging bitterness and resentment all over the whole picture, what you should do is take a little initiative and become more of an activist yourself.  If you really want some help, you should organize others like you and make a move on the VA like the Walmart workers are doing on Walmart.  If you really expect someone to take your side against the VA, what's the phone number to be called, or the person to talk to on your behalf?  You sound like you're ready to lie down and give up the fight for the benefits that you think you should have.  Plus, you seem to not want anyone else to reap benefits that they might get for standing up for themselves. Be encouraged and encouraging...all is not lost...take a stand and move forward.

backup
backup

 @Myrna.Minkoff-Katz

 ...who cares about other folks families when there's money to be made?...surely not Walmart...

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

 @Myrna.Minkoff-Katz 

 

And the world changes daily ma'am.  We should have seen this coming when they repealed the Blue Laws in the 80's.  Does any of this commerce (and what it will do) surprise anyone?  Any of these companies would sell the skin off your back for a nickel; and nothing has changed. Our downfall was our first ancestor that opened a store in Sumeria, and wanted to profit AND more. 

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

and next we go after those pesky home improvement f+cksticks that call 4 times a day to say they are in the area, and are doing FREE roof inspections. And the f/stick that says he can get yer business on the top of "Google Search" for, just......4000 bucks a year! 

Chitagua
Chitagua

 @espinozajoni.je  Yeah and as soon as they started giving out expired food they would be sued by someone who supposedly got food poisoning.  Somebody greedy. Kinda like the worker in that Bulls cap.  Kinda like the exact type people Unions count on.

gmit
gmit

 @ermagherd The market is definilty still in play, but I really believe that some part of WM management may welcome the union then they can make actual demands with labor instead of managing the countless individual problems of each of 400 supercenter employees, at the current wage they pay, they arent getting much,

 

if the union forces wages up then they should therefore not only get but be able to retain a higher quality employee, but cant just sell that sort of wage increase to BOD/shareholders without it looking like they were forces .

 

There is always at least three sides to every story !

jesdynf
jesdynf

 @ptmoore2012 Works both ways, you know. Wal-Mart's free to pay more money to hire employees who don't do this. Maybe forty hour work weeks would settle them down some?

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

 @Scruffygeist 

 

yesterday I went to WM to get some beer; at checkout the lady made me feel bad, because, in her words, "I gotta get my car out of the impound".  It is kind of a bummer. 

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

 @gmit 

 

right!  even digging a ditch (in the middle of summer) is better than working at WM.

espinozajoni.je
espinozajoni.je

@Chitagua I've yet to meet a dog with his own attorney.

espinozajoni.je
espinozajoni.je

@MikeWestEast 1. Don't assume I'm a liar. They were for dogs and I was willing to clean all the meat off the bones. 2. My pockets aren't empty. I'm saddened to cross paths with such a jaded person. You are obviously not from Texas.

MikeWestEast
MikeWestEast

@espinozajoni.je It is the same attorney that reps your friend that ate the chicken you told Wal Mart was going to dogs. Since your pockets are empty, your friend sues Wal Mart for not ensuring care of expired food.

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