Forum Post: UPDATED NEWS ON WALMART STRIKE: Internal Walmart documents, video of mic check, CNN & CBS News Stories - MSM taking interest
Posted 6 months ago on Nov. 20, 2012, 7:58 a.m. EST by therising
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New York Times article summing up what happened - http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/24/business/wal-mart-dismisses-labor-protests-at-its-stores.html?_r=0
UPDATE 3:01 pm - Friday 11/23/12
- SHORT VIDEO impressive mic check inside Maryland store with security unable to stop it: http://qik.com/m/video/55834638
Per "The Nation":
Hundreds of protests at Walmarts in 46 states beginning Thursday evening have drawn attention to the retailer’s poor labor practices
Workers struck at stores in Dallas, Kenosha, Wis., San Leandro, Calif., and Clovis, N.M. At least one worker went out on strike at stores in Ocean City, Md., Orlando and Baton Rouge. Rep.-elect Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) joined a Walmart worker as she walked off her job in St. Cloud.
Dozens of protesters supported strikers in Miami when they walked off the job last night.
500 workers and supporters marched on a Walmart in Landover, MD.
Striking Chicago workers and their supporters marched on several Walmart stores in Illinois beginning at 5:30 a.m. Friday morning.
Striking workers in Duarte, Calif. formed a picket lined up in front of their store.
In Florida, U.S. Rep.-elect Alan Grayson walked a worker off her job Thursday night and then joined workers on the picket line Friday morning.
Dozens protested with striking workers in San Leandro, Calif. Workers in Clovis and Albuquerque in New Mexico, walked off the job.
In Lancaster, Texas, Dallas police ushered strikers off of Walmart property, but they continued their protest nearby.
The walkout in Kenosha, Wisc. was amplified by a light show last night. And workers are now on strike in Milwaukee, Wisc.
In Quincy, Mass. supporters projected a 30-foot “Stand Up, Live Better” message on facade of a Walmart supercenter. They distributed 650 flyers, 500 sets of handwarmers, and 300 “I support Walmart workers’ rights!” stickers to customers waiting in line, along with thank you cards for Associates. Full story: http://www.salon.com/2012/11/23/1000_walmart_protests_across_the_us/
UPDATE 11:55 am - Friday 11/23/12:
Strikes underway in 7 states. Up to date info at https://twitter.com/search?q=%23walmartstrikers .
Here's a PDF of internal Walmart document that was only supposed to be shared with salaried managers. It tells them how they're supposed to handle walk outs, protests, etc. Fascinating reading: http://big.assets.huffingtonpost.com/Walmart-2.pdf
Article on Walmart getting welfare: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/10/10/1141724/-Walmart-fuels-inequality-epidemic-taking-advantage-of-our-safety-net
Short 1 min clip of CNN anchor confronting Walmart spokesman on low wages (pretty remarkable actually!): http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mobileweb/2012/11/20/carol-costello-cnn-walmart_n_2167213.html?utm_hp_ref=business
FULL INTERVIEW WITH even more aggressive questioning of Walmart VP by CNN anchor: http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2012/11/20/1221081/cnn-confronts-wal-mart-spokesperson-over-retailers-low-salaries-poor-working-conditions/?mobile=wt
- PS - Someone just tweeted that dialing *71 on any in store phone at Walmart gets you on the full public address system for entire building.
Visit your local Walmart and make your voice heard standing up for fairness and respect!
(News story links below)
When I think about the fact that 6 members of the Walton family have as much wealth as the poorest 40% of American citizens combined and then consider how they're STILL trying to squeeze a bit more out of employees, I'm baffled. It's just so weird. I realize that corporate leaders and their minions (and even shareholders in this "ownership society") suffer from the disease of compartmentalization. But is that disease so blinding that it prevents them from seeing that they're fucking with their OWN CUSTOMERS!
American citizens will need to make a decent wage in order to afford stuff (whether it's flat screen TV's or Harley Davidson motorcycles). So why the hell do corporate giants like Walmart. and Harley fight like hell to screw their employees, the very people who they need to buy their stuff. There must be a good metaphor for this in the animal kingdom, but I just can't think of it. Or wait, maybe no animal would be so stupid as to bite the hand that feeds it.
Walmart workers plan Black Friday protests November 19, 2012 by CBSNews.com
(CBS News) This Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, is one of the biggest shopping days of the year. At Walmart, signs advertising sales may be competing this year with signs carried by unhappy employees on protest lines.
Dozens of Walmart workers protested outside a store near Washington, D.C., Monday. Hundreds of similar pickets are planned at Walmart stores and warehouses across the country.
Dan Hindman has worked at a Walmart near Los Angeles for four years. The former employee of the month, who makes $9.80 an hour, says he is scheduled to work on Black Friday but does not plan to show up.
"Walmart needs to learn that it's not fair how they treat us," Hindman says.
The protesters want minimum hourly pay raised to $13, more full-time work and less-costly health care. Next year, their insurance premiums will jump by as much as 36 percent, as Walmart scales back its contribution.
Labor board promises quick action on Walmart case Retailers hope for good start on Black Friday Walmart and Target: A tale of two discount chains "We don't want to walk out on Black Friday. We don't want to do this. It's just something we have to do, because it's the right thing to do," Hindman says.
He says his schedule was cut to 15 hours per week when he joined a group of Walmart employees who favor unionizing. He lost custody of his four-year-old son when he could no longer support him.
"So I lost my son and I'm kind of regretting working for Walmart, but I have to provide, you know?" says an emotional Hindman. "It's the biggest retailer in the world, and you can't help me provide for my son? It kills me, dude. It really tears me apart, big time."
Walmart tried to head off large-scale protests with a complaint to the National Labor Relations Board. The company says the demonstrations are being orchestrated by outside unions.
"This is just another union publicity stunt, and the numbers they are talking about are grossly exaggerated," says Walmart Vice President David Tovar. "If associates are scheduled to work on Black Friday, we expect them to show up and to do their job, and if they don't, depending on the circumstances, there could be consequences."
Walmart has successfully blocked several attempts by outside groups to unionize its 1.3 million workers in the U.S. It isn't clear whether the employees protesting this week are trying to form a union or simply shame Walmart on the biggest shopping day of the year. Here's the actual link: http://m.cbsnews.com/fullstory.rbml?catid=57552153&feed_id=29&videofeed=null
More news stories on Walmart strike:
Washington Post: http://m.washingtonpost.com/business/wal-marts-looming-black-friday-strike-could-make-for-an-unexpectedly-painful-holiday-season/2012/11/19/70d5eba4-3209-11e2-92f0-496af208bf23_story.html
CNN re Walmart attempt to push back: http://money.cnn.com/2012/11/18/news/walmart-strike-black-friday/
ON A RELATED NOTE, please check out this post here on the OWS forum on the long proud tradition and the GREAT IDEA: http://www.occupywallst.org/forum/the-great-idea-walmart-strikers-occupiers-wto-prot/