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Posted 16 November 2012 - 01:34

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- A group of Wal-Mart workers are planning to stage a walkout next week on Black Friday, arguably the biggest holiday shopping day for the world's largest retail store.

The walkout builds on an October strike that started at a Wal-Mart in Los Angeles and spread to stores in 12 other cities. More than 100 workers joined in the October actions.

One of the workers who plans to join next week's walkout is William Fletcher, who works at a Wal-Mart in Duarte, Calif.

Fletcher, who also participated in the October strikes, claims Wal-Mart cut his hours after he asked to move from the receiving department to another division because of a knee injury. He has since switched departments.

"I kept asking myself, 'when is the retaliation for speaking our mind and acting on our rights going to stop?' " he said. Wal-Mart did not have an immediate comment in response to Fletcher's claim.

The union-backed groups OUR Walmart and Making Change at Wal-Mart, and a watchdog group Corporate Action Network, are calling on the nation's largest employer to end what they call retaliation against employees who speak out for better pay, fair schedules and affordable health care.

On Black Friday, the organizations expect 1,000 protests, both at stores and online.

Organizers have planned a social medial blitz, mobilizing workers through Facebook pages, a YouTube video, Twitter and Tumblr. They're also using online platforms to collect donations to sponsor striking workers. So far, the campaign has raised more than $22,200.

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 01:37

I bet none around here will protest. They are too glad to have a job.

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 01:39

OMG; Walmart is going to go broke. . .

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 01:40

Lame

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 01:41

I worked at Fry's about 3 years ago, and I can say without a doubt that we were treated like **** on Black Friday.

I was called into work very early and then given a 4 hour lunch after which I had to return and work from 2 PM to 2 AM with yet another 3 hour lunch in the middle. I carpooled to work, so I didn't have a way to go home and return. And when you add it all up, I didn't make much more than I usually did working there for 1 day.

I quit Fry's and Dec. 24th was my last day there. It was the best Christmas present I've ever had.

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 01:46

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 01:54

I feel for anyone who has to work Black "Thursday" now. As someone who has worked retail for 3 years now for a smaller company. I know what the holidays can be like. I love it and I despise it at the same time. I love the foot traffic and all the interesting customers, but at the same time you have customers high on stress that really can let out some anger. Most don't know what its like working during the holidays and how hectic / exhausting it can be. My store does not do a Black friday sale because they don't think we should be over spending our selves for stuff we don't really need or over spending for others. Its a normal day for us, but customer come in angry that day because they feel they are entitled to a sale because everyone else is doing it.

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 12:36

I'm so glad I'm not in retail anymore. I have very little patience for people who think that just because you work at a store that you don't deserve to be treated like a fellow human being. Many people these days simply aren't raised to have any manners.

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 12:58

I've never worked in retail, but I can more than relate from six years working in pubs & clubs. Bank Holidays / Any random celebration = Black Friday styled molestation. In fact, the last club I worked at had a student night that was 5 hours of utter hell. It was like a bank holiday every single Monday for 4 years. No matter how stressful or chaotic my current job gets, I will never go back to working in a public-facing role - it's just not worth the hassle. I'll clean toilets before I work in any industry like that again!

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 02:11

Wal-Mart Stores Inc is taking its first legal step to stop months of protests and rallies outside Walmart stores, targeting the union that it says is behind such actions.


Wal-Mart filed an unfair labor practice charge against the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, or UFCW, asking the National Labor Relations Board to halt what the retailer says are unlawful attempts to disrupt its business.


The move comes just a week before what is expected to be the largest organized action against the world's largest retailer, as a small group of Walmart workers prepare to strike on Black Friday, typically the busiest shopping day of the year.


"We are taking this action now because we cannot allow the UFCW to continue to intentionally seek to create an environment that could directly and adversely impact our customers and associates," Wal-Mart spokesman David Tovar said on Friday. "If they do, they will be held accountable."

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 03:23

Wal-Mart Stores Inc is taking its first legal step to stop months of protests and rallies outside Walmart stores, targeting the union that it says is behind such actions.


Wal-Mart is very anti-union for obvious reasons.

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 03:26

Indeed...considering they already pay fair wages and provide decent healthcare coverage for full-time associates they should be anti-union...the prices of goods would skyrocket if the union moved in.

I was offered a job man years ago...just stocking shelves that would have paid $12 an hour with insurance after 90-days. I turned it down since I had a better offer already doing something more aligned with my interests.

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 03:37

I sympathize, I'd probably walk out too, but why not just quit if they're jerks, go work somewhere else it's a fee country. I chose not to shop at Walmart so I don't support shenanigans like the worker mentions

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 16:08

If they walk out, I'd close the store, shut it down, put a new store up in another town.
This isn't skilled labour, this in a minimum wage job, with minimum wage skills, don't like it, work somewhere else.

Now if there are safety violations, then ya, strike.. But outside of that, suck it up.

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 16:11

I'd wouldn't answer the phone if I wasn't scheduled to work, or call off sick. :p