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03:58 AM on 10/16/2012
Fighting Wal-Mart should be a national plan. They are the true job destroyers and have put millions of small businesses out of operation. Peace Be Upon these Workers.
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Kai-HK
Don't Share My Wealth! Share My Work Ethic!
03:34 AM on 10/16/2012
Hahahahaha….what strike? This is the most irrelevant labor movement in the history of ridiculous labor movements. People being paid to strike against Wal-Mart.

We support you Wal-Mart! You create gateway jobs for low marginal value workers and allow them form being worth nothing to making a wage which then puts them on the path to bigger and better things….BUT…only if they want it! Since it is not your duty to provide people with jobs that pay more than they are worth; it is up to people to be worth what they want to be paid.

Keep up the good work.

K
03:59 AM on 10/16/2012
Lily Ledbetter she didn't work hard enough and that she had opportunities when Wal-Mart kept her salery low and prevented her from receiving promotions.
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bookreader451
it is 2014 not 1971 I stand with Wendy
06:39 AM on 10/16/2012
She worked for Goodyear. She was subject to discrimination, though, as her reviews and promotions were not in line with those of her male counterparts. The same thing women at wally world claim.
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recless
Evidence first. Believe later. Maybe.
04:14 AM on 10/16/2012
There is no value in creating these jobs. These "gateway" jobs are a dime a dozen and don't provide an avenue out of poverty. Quite often these jobs end up leaving you financially worse off than if you turn into a welfare queen and don't work. These jobs are one core reason we have so much of an increase of poverty. Jobs that do not pay a living wage do not help raise people out of poverty.

Love your worship of the work ethic. Yup, takes hard work to succeed. Unfortunately, in the real world work is all too often NOT rewarded. You betray your pathology the moment you claim people are "worth nothing" if they do not have a job.
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garynofishing
There's a RAT infestation on Wall Street
03:32 AM on 10/16/2012
I hope the strike spreads nationwide. I won't ever cross ANY picket lines.
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01:44 AM on 10/16/2012
I hope this doesn't come to a head with Blackwater agents firing on picketing workers but I'm afraid that is where we are headed. Walmart has no morals and is an agent of communist China.
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recless
Evidence first. Believe later. Maybe.
04:15 AM on 10/16/2012
Amazing how that works. Not that I think that Walmart tries to be an arm of communism, but the end result is the same...
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DIgnified
01:41 AM on 10/16/2012
at a time when republican anti worker behavior is orbiting in the absurd layer, this is freakin' awesome.
01:34 AM on 10/16/2012
I fully support a coordinated, multi-store strike of Wal Mart. Sam Walton would turn over in his grave if he knew what has become of his once beloved store that supported " Made in USA". If you shop Wal Mart you are indeed supporting the Chinese military and are keeping manufacturing jobs overseas at slave labor camps.
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Jeffin90019
Your religion is your lifestyle choice. Not mine.
01:06 AM on 10/16/2012
World's most evil retailer. Ever.
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Palaver
Men make laws, but the people follow custom.
12:55 AM on 10/16/2012
Walmart: This ain't news so stop covering it.

Walmart memo: If we can silence the media, we can silence the movement.

Liberals: The problem is shopping at Walmart.

You can see why labor is fighting a losing battle. They have no allies.
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garynofishing
There's a RAT infestation on Wall Street
03:37 AM on 10/16/2012
Once this country comes under the control of Republicans and all worker wages are severely reduced while Executive wages are generously hiked higher---------THEN----things will change. But we have to wait till more people hit bottom
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moutonnoir
iconoclastic demagoguery
08:03 AM on 10/16/2012
people want to hit bottom... i can see it coming.... or at least a significant ledge on our descent.
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cmr11
how do you want it
07:26 AM on 10/16/2012
when people have had enough of employer's like this and people like you your tune will change........ you will be scared and you will have good reason to be.....
12:22 AM on 10/16/2012
"Walmart seemed willing to remind the public all on its own that some level of employee dissatisfaction has existed at the chain for years."

What an idiotic sentence in the article. You could survey any business in the world and come up with "some level of employee dissatisfaction".
11:56 PM on 10/15/2012
Unionization would do more harm than good. Like they have everywhere else. Their time has come and gone. Greedy unions aren't any better than the greedy corporate executives.
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TheMilesHome
In the Conservatory, with a Pipe Wrench.
01:36 AM on 10/16/2012
I agree that union's had a time come and gone.

I believe it's time has come again. ONE company that can dictate that 1.3 Million Americans are underemployed (a huge right wing talking point) has a need to establish traditional (not legal) American labor practices.

And Greedy Unions are a myth just as Greedy Corporations are. There are just greedy leaders. And, at least now, the greedy corporate leaders outnumber the greedy union leaders (exaggeration here... I hope) 100,000 to 1.
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cmr11
how do you want it
07:28 AM on 10/16/2012
it never left.... i have been a non automotive uaw member for 31 years and our company is hiring people as fast as we can get them... have been for 3 years now. we are making money hand over fist and there is no end in site to our backlog of work........ union yes!
10:59 AM on 10/16/2012
Unionization of WM will mean lost jobs, higher prices and lost benefits. You're believing all the union hype and Wm bashing that goes on. Sure there are problems at some stores but thats not necessarily corpoates fault. Will someone become a millionaire working there? No . But you won't at Target, K-mart, Burger King, McDonalds, Home Depot, etc. The list goes on and on. It's all about the money for unions. All they can see is the dues they will get from over 1 million employees.
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garynofishing
There's a RAT infestation on Wall Street
03:40 AM on 10/16/2012
You're just a kid----wait till you grow up and acquire some wisdom. Right now, you don't have any idea what the real world is even like
03:55 AM on 10/16/2012
Perhaps the real world needs to change.
11:05 AM on 10/16/2012
And you know me, how? And I guess you're just brimming with wisdom. Unions are bad. Look what they did to the auto industry. Unresonable pay and benefits packages as well as unrealistic retirement benefits. Like I said they're as greedy as the corporate executives. State governments can't make retirement payments. Same with the post office. Unions no longer improve jobs, they kill them.
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11:36 PM on 10/15/2012
A walmart union. This is too funny. A company that sells the cheap crap from China because it can't be built in America. We will stand our ground and not sell this foreign made junk unless we are respected.
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garynofishing
There's a RAT infestation on Wall Street
03:42 AM on 10/16/2012
I can see that those people are just peons to really important people like you and Romney
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trentd27
11:07 PM on 10/15/2012
Wal -Mart's pay is so low why don't you workers just go to Target? Oh that's right they don't pay any better either. Why don't the unions start their own chain store. Nobody would shop there because you first would't get stock on the shelfs and then everything would be over priced. There would be 23 check out lanes and only one open because everyone else would be on break. Price check on...
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Jay Lewis
11:18 PM on 10/15/2012
Actually, over at Costco, the prices are the same, and the pay much higher.

Your post seems to suggest that a direct connection between salaries and profits exists to the extent that Walmart and other large businesses pretend that it does.

This argument has been going on since business and wages began, and always with the same alarmist crap.

When you look at wages and profits for the company, take a strong look at the dividents earned by investors who do nothing but invest. This margin exposes your erronious assumptions.
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garynofishing
There's a RAT infestation on Wall Street
03:46 AM on 10/16/2012
I WAS going to reply to that goof-ball, but then i saw YOUR post which was much better. You are absolutely correct in what you said.

Great post!!!!

PS--- Costco is BY FAR the better store
Estonia-Firster
The NSA has classified my micro-bio
11:04 PM on 10/15/2012
"The 90-odd workers who walked out of stores comprise a fraction of one percent of Walmart employees, who now number around 1.3 million in the U.S. and 2.2 million worldwide. "

Well, its a very very very very small fraction of 1%. 90/1,300,000 = 0.00006923

I think this story is very very very very much wishful thinking on the part of Huffpo.

Sorry to burst your bubble, but - no union for Walmart.
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Lindsay Schutz
slower minds keep to the right....
11:32 PM on 10/15/2012
But it was enough for management to freak out and do some damage control.
12:24 AM on 10/16/2012
Sending a memo to store management does not equal freaking out,
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gschear
Max Baucus: What's in your wallet?
10:54 PM on 10/15/2012
...All your life
You were only waiting for this moment to arise...

I will go to Walmart for the express purpose of NOT crossing a picket line in support of my brothers an sisters. Fan the embers!
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oldwoman64
No FB Page-So long
10:51 PM on 10/15/2012
What would happen if even most people, not all, but a lot, just refused to buy from companies that have abusive practices? The argument is that prices would go up, but if prices go up too much, then people buy less of their stuff (much of which we don't need). If people buy less, the price goes back down or they go out of business and someone else who will do it right comes into the market! The beauty of supply and demand. We're the ones driving this race to the bottom with our purchases of a lot of stupid cheap crap that we don't actually need in the first place. When we stop, it stops.