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Richard Pearce 06:06 AM on 11/24/2012
Sad truth is that the one worker quoted ('It's the same at the other places I could get a job') has it mostly right (there are isolated cases, usually small independents, where practices that would be familiar to the aristocracy of pre-revolutionary france as not the norm) and that because of that, and a government (mainly because of Republicans, but some Democrats go along) that is sending America towards  Read More...
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LucidPanther
06:46 PM on 11/23/2012
These shoppers are selfish, greedy, consumer freaks who are mentally ill and care nothing about the exploited and abused workers.

Some of these shoppers will trample their own grandmother just to get a DVD on sale.
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tiptop3
Microbio-birthschoolworkdeath
06:46 PM on 11/23/2012
The corporate/GOPT brainwashing of America seems to have gone well...
03:07 PM on 11/24/2012
Unfortunately a large percentage (probably the majority) of people will always gravitate to the lowest possible price. No matter what injustices helped achieve the low marginal cost structure.

Wal-Mart will win this one in the end. I saw the strikers yesterday. I also saw all of the people that went into wal-mart to shop. I was one of them. Most of us I suspect felt sympathy for the strikers, but not enough that we would take a financial hit for them. The strikers will probably be fired and because of the high rate of unemployment will be replace quickly. Wal-mart employees dont have any job skills that make them hard to replace.
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Microbio-birthschoolworkdeath
07:17 PM on 11/24/2012
The lack of job skills is truly the underlying issue...what to do about it is the question? Americans seem to value education less and less and higher education has become cost prohibitive. 
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timkostoychest44
06:45 PM on 11/23/2012
There were no Walmart strikers in any of these photos.Photos show paid union members from locals not at Walmart.1,000,000 workers with1,500 favoring union enrollment.Sounds like people are happy to be working here till they get a promotion or find a higher paying job Please go back to where you came from.
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Ostapuk Ivano1
5 year educator in NYC
06:47 PM on 11/23/2012
This is the unions attempt to try to unionize Walmarts. Imagine the pay day that will be for union bosses if they land that account?
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drumz
The less you know the more you believe.
07:01 PM on 11/23/2012
Which unions? Name a union organizer! Come on bubbleclown, name one or how about one of those bosses we keep hearing about?

So there's multiple sclerosis in computer science now, who woulda thunk!
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lmclaurin
06:53 PM on 11/23/2012
Wow, you btained all of that from a picture. How insightful!
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timkostoychest44
06:55 PM on 11/23/2012
very true,listen you may learn something
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mezz1120
06:44 PM on 11/23/2012
What a joke you Liberals are. You cry Walmart people can't afford to live and then cry "Look it is costing us taxpayers to subsidize their workers.....BUT you want every illegal immigrant to come in here and suck our taxpayers dry.

OMG how much more hypocritical can you be?
06:48 PM on 11/23/2012
Where is there any mention of illegal immigrants? You're pulling topics from a certain orifice.
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Frand1118
06:50 PM on 11/23/2012
Im a liberal and I dont feel that way
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edejan
06:44 PM on 11/23/2012
Well, if this strike, the first of its size in many years, brings more awareness of labor problems to the public, it will be a success. For example in Wisconsin all the protesters did not prevent Scott from winning back his seat from the recall attempt, but it did help to energize Ohioans in their protest against voter suppression efforts which helped Obama win the election in November. Labor awareness has been suppressed for decades by coordinated plutocratic programs to undermine respect for unions. It's time for us to wake up and realize that leaving our welfare up to the bosses will only lead to more and more poverty level wages. Labor activism is the only avenue we have to start the pendulum swing back in favor of the American worker and American businesses.
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simian sez
It's been real.
06:44 PM on 11/23/2012
And now, the other shoe will fall.
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Gretel Posey
11:52 AM on 11/24/2012
Yes...18 months tops.....check out gold.....
06:42 PM on 11/23/2012
Big Labor has already trashed a number of state and local governments. Now, with an ally in the White House, Big Labor will push as far as it can toward destruction of the U.S. private economic sector.
06:49 PM on 11/23/2012
Oh joy, another "Obama trying to destroy 'Murrica" doomsayer.
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mick719
Obamacare, Best Care Anywhere
06:55 PM on 11/23/2012
horsechit. Reagan did more damage than any union ever could.
wufdog
Liberal hope & change vs. the right's dopes & rage
11:43 PM on 11/23/2012
And this country thrived the most when unions were at the height of their power. The country declined with the ascendance of Reaganomics.
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04:39 AM on 11/24/2012
yeah, he got the "ball" rolling. He destroyed the Air Traffic Controllers strikers
(and union) by making use of Air Force controllers (as sort of free strike breakers).

After that came Rush and Newt and so it begun.
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whoknew---
06:42 PM on 11/23/2012
Well, I wouldn't be so sure about that. This is just the beginning for folks fighting back for the basics.

Best Wishes Walmart employees, this is just one battle.
09:21 PM on 11/23/2012
I think you mean Union sympathizers who stacked the 'strike mobs'. There were about 50 actual Walmart employees who took part. HUGE success for the Unions....not. It appears as if - now sit down as this may be a foreign concept to you - that maybe, just maybe Walmart employees actually appreciate and like their jobs! Yeah, yeah, I know you're shocked, but you'll get over it. And in any case, there are 23 million Americans out of work who would love to have one of these jobs if they're going. Get over your envy and small-mindedness.
10:14 PM on 11/23/2012
I just wish that they would show both sides. We do not qualify for aide and Walmart does offer some great things for the employees, Healthy Baby, and others... they have grants for emergencies like when we lost our son. Let me tell you Walmart was more supportive then I ever expected. I made more then my friend at a union store and was better treated. Raises are based on your performance and not a contract.. Yeah Managers can suck and Corps can suck... but show me ONE retail job were the workers dont gripe about something.

Yes there is a lot that should be done and can be done... but Walmart is not the darth corp... if you are going to go after them you better go for them all... other wise it is just a witch hunt.. Is it ok if union shops get the same wage? Cause I made more then my friend? Is it ok for the Union to mistreat someone who is the only support for herself and her two kids cause she doesn't believe in unions on a religious ground?

A business is in it for money... and like it or not all business do what they can to make profits.
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edejan
11:36 PM on 11/23/2012
Faved, already a fan.
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06:41 PM on 11/23/2012
Is there a more fevered pitch to this year's feeding frenzy?

I never even started my car, yesterday or today. Bliss!
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simian sez
It's been real.
06:47 PM on 11/23/2012
Lemmings Day is always better as a spectator sport.
All sorts of things are inexplicably accelerating at this time.
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04:33 AM on 11/24/2012
me, too. But I did shop online (but not at Walmart)
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nyjjc
06:41 PM on 11/23/2012
The premise of the article is all wrong. The problem is not that people shop at Walmart because Walmart offers low prices. It's that Walmart must keep it's entire $15 billion annual profit to itself.

Take $3 billion to $5 billion of that and increase the employees wages and benefits, leaving a still handsome $10 billion profit. Everybody wins. The workers win because they're being better compensated. Walmart wins because workers then won't feel a need to try to unionize. Finally, Walmart also wins because it ends the PR fiasco.

Now who loses in that scenario? The Walton family and Walmart shareholders. Their dividends might be less. Boo hoo. Grow a conscience and some morals.
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Ostapuk Ivano1
5 year educator in NYC
06:47 PM on 11/23/2012
Hey if I send you my address can you mail me 50% of your salary?
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nyjjc
06:49 PM on 11/23/2012
Argumentum reductio ad absurdum.

Got anything better?
06:38 AM on 11/25/2012
Hey, if I send you my address can you mail me your soul? You have no use for it anyway.
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LucidPanther
06:48 PM on 11/23/2012
Capitalism is antithetical to human decency... profit is a religion.
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TeamSanity
strong emotions don't equate strong arguments
06:40 PM on 11/23/2012
The lady interviewed said "You have to go where the sales are." So help me, I thought at first I read "You have to go where the slaves are."

Pointless sentiment as people either will or won't, but REAL sympathies means reconsidering our consumerist ways. Buy local. Make things. Give gifts of time and odd-jobs and etc.

With our immense desire for unnecessary toys, we have become complicit in our own enslavement. We are the architects of our own misfortune.
09:24 PM on 11/23/2012
Hey, I think that sales are code word used by Republicans for slaves! Thanks, I'll let Al Sharpton and Chris Matthews know! After all, any word used by the GOP are 'racist' code words - I just wish someone would give me the book so I can also understand Liberal logic.
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TeamSanity
strong emotions don't equate strong arguments
11:10 AM on 11/24/2012
Issues much?
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Gretel Posey
11:58 AM on 11/24/2012
Yes indeed....it was ok for big mouth Biden to say "homeboy"...but not okay for Romney to talk about his 5 wonderful successful boys....
10:01 PM on 11/24/2012
Apparently that lady does t own a computer and has never heard of Amazon?!?!? I purchased my flat screen from Amazon (got free next day shipping!) and it is a name brand and cheaper than the tv's of the same inch at Walmart ...and with EVERY FEATURE possible!!

SO WALMART IS NOT THE ONLY PLACE FOR THE BEST DEALS!!!!

I CAN ALWAYS FIND ANYTHING CHEAPER ON AMAZON.COM!!!!
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06:38 PM on 11/23/2012
Samuel Adams
If ye love wealth, greater than liberty, the tranquilit­y of servitude, greater than the animating contest for freedom, go home from us in peace. We seek not your counsel, nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you; and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen.­
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06:54 PM on 11/23/2012
Fanned
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toddw
06:38 PM on 11/23/2012
For its part, Walmart said it recorded its best Black Friday events ever, with more shoppers than last year and nearly 10 million register transactions between 8 p.m. Thursday and 12 a.m. Friday. It said it sold more than 1.8 million towels, 1.3 million TVs and some 250,000 bicycles.

Shares of Bentonville, Arkansas-based Wal-Mart rose 1.9 percent to $70.20 on Friday, outpacing the gains in the broader stock market during a shortened trading session.
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06:51 PM on 11/23/2012
So they dig the hole deeper. The largest destroyer of small business.
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10:25 PM on 11/23/2012
Why don't they sell them that cheap every day then?
06:37 PM on 11/23/2012
No happy endings for Walmart workers.
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06:37 PM on 11/23/2012
Way to go America. Enjoy the third world country you are contributing to create.
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toddw
06:39 PM on 11/23/2012
At least we aren't turning into Europe.
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whoknew---
06:40 PM on 11/23/2012
At least they have unions which protect their workers from slave wages.
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06:56 PM on 11/23/2012
What do you call the red states that depend on the U.S. government. They receive more from the government than they pay in. I sure don't want to turn into Mississippi or Louisiana and so on.
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DemocratReally
06:45 PM on 11/23/2012
It can only happen if capitalism fails. This is capitalism at it's best. You can't stop people from doing what they love. If people don't want minimum wage jobs then go to college....Obama is dishing out grants left and right so get on the gravy train.
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06:58 PM on 11/23/2012
Oh and they should ask their parents for the money....... You must be very spoiled.
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10:25 PM on 11/23/2012
Capitalism at its best? Henry Ford knew that underpaid workers can't afford to buy your products -- do you think he's an example of capitalism at its worst?