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    You would think that Walmart, would agree to sit down with their employees and at least talk...But instead they went whining to the Nat. Labor Relations Board.....The biggest shopping day of the year....Walmart will make millions in just one day...And they seriously can not even consider paying their employees a better wage? See, this is the very reason that this country needs Unions!. Go Walmart Employees!
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    @FollowTheMoney - Challenged by what? Union greed? It isn't enough that the American people had to be robbed of billions of dollars to keep GM and Chrysler afloat, and that Hostess just got put out of business by unions, but now the unions want to target Walmart? Where will it end?
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    @Neo_NtheMatrix "Greed"?? They make $10 or less per hour...How in the hell can even YOU call that Greed?!?
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    @Neo_NtheMatrix Corporate America has bought and paid for our government. Our politicians owe them big. And from time to time the owners collect part of that debt. We have gone out of our way to give that power to government and corporate America. Consequently, we have no one to fight for us. We have to fight for our selves, and unions give us the tools we need to fight or send a message.

    Unions didn't bring GM, Chrysler, Hostess and Walmart down, Corporate greed did.
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    No!!!
    $10 dollars an hour? If you don't like the money go somewhere else!! These are the type people that carried the vote!! Feel like everyone owes them a living, I hope Walmart replaces everyone one of them with someone that wants to work
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    They have the right to strike but Wal-Mart has,the right to find new employees. Wal-Mart is a temp or stepping stone job for most, like convenience store clerk or McDONALD'S. Unless you r bucking for management its not a career but a placeholder until you fond something better or get more education. Doesn't seem likely that this strike will make Walmart change anything except add security for Friday.
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    I have no love for unions... but I like Walmart even less. I am fine with Walmart firing employees on strike.

    I wish unions, if they have to exist, would push for things that would actually help most of its member get out of starting jobs into better jobs - like subsidizing education or managerial classes for it's hourly employees should they choose to take advantage of it (sadly I bet not all of them will).

    People are willing to work for less if they see it as a stepping stone to something better like you said.
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    @Pragmatist - Thank you Pragmatist. This is what I mean by union greed. The unions don't try to develop their employees so that they are more valuable to the company, they just demand that the company pays an exorbitant amount of money for employees who basically are only skilled to do what anyone could do.
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    6 members of the Walton family have as much money as 193 million Americans. If you don't think that there's something wrong with that, then there's no real explaining it to you. But be sure of this. When the corporations take over, and they will, you will be reduced to slave labor, ($2 per hour) your freedoms will be completely removed, and if you complain, they can and will kill you. Now get out there and vote for whoever FOX NEWS tells you to. Cause anything else is just communism.
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    I heard that it was not Wall-Mart workers striking but Union workers not having jobs that were planning on interrupting Walmart employees right to work. If every man and women declared of themselves a Union would not they to be exempt from the "Hobbs Act". I am a Union of one Man trying to get to work and if you get in the way of me getting to work......
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    this right here is how i see it. those unemployed union workers priced themselves out of a job and are harassing those at walmart with jobs.

    a trade union came out to a jobsite i was on trying to do the same thing,boss called the cops as did the people living in the area do to the foul mouth of those guys with megaphones at 6am. while bashing our boss these guys did not even bring a porta potty for the picketers.
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    Let me tell my Walmart story. I went to Walmart as a temporary thing. I needed a job and they offered me one. I started out at $11.00 an hour as a full time employee (yes you can be a full time employee at Walmart). I worked for 9 months and was promoted to a management position with a training pay of $17.00 an hour. I worked there for 2 1/2 more years the last 6 months I worked a second job in public service because it is the job I love not because I needed more money. Due to a natural disaster I quit Walmart so I could put more time in my other job. Just over a year later my former supervisor from Walmart asked me to come back. I took the same position I had previously with a starting salary just shy of $50,000 a year. I have a friend who has been working for Walmart for around 16 years. When he first went to work for Walmart he was pretty much a useless 20 year old who would rather party than work. Now he is a shift manager and is paid a good salary. What I found out working for Walmart is that your work ethic and skill is rewarded. If you are willing to work hard and do a good job the opportunity is there. What I have also found out is that the people who complain about their salary and are passed over for promotions are the ones who come in and do just enough to get by. They are mad because some new employee came in, worked hard, got promoted and now gets paid more than they do. Most of the complainers have no job skills and many have no work ethic. Everybody gets on the complaint bandwagon when its Walmart. Walmart should pay more than $10 an hour. Let me pose this question. Why should an unskilled laborer working as a cashier at Walmart get paid more than an unskilled laborer working as a cashier at McDonalds? Why do you not see everyone picketing and striking against McDonalds, Burger King, Hardees, Wendys, KFC, etc. Those are big businesses who pay their employees less than Walmart. No I don't think Walmart is perfect. They are one of the most aggravating employers I have ever worked for and they do expect a lot of their employees but if you deliver you do get rewarded.
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    I love how the same people bitching about "handouts" and "welfare" are all for Wal-Mart getting away with paying people an unliviable wage so they need assistance. Can you say "hypocrites"?
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    Yeah, and worst than that...they want Walmart to fire them---And why?...Because they are taking personal responsibility for their lives and financial well being...Like you said---one would think that they would be supported, by the right.....
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    When Wal-Mart moved into my home town they put a dozen small shops that had survived for years out of business. They do it with high volume, low price foreign made products and low wages. Now they are selling groceries and putting the squeeze on local grocery stores too. Capitalism itself is not evil, but capitalism not tempered by mercy IS evil. I would rather pay more at a locally owned business than save a few pennies at a Wal-Mart store.
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    @FollowTheMoney I feel the same way, and try very hard to abstain from Walmart myself. But, sometimes prices being way less is something to consider. Things are pricey and getting worse it seems. Its hard to take a moral stand when your wallet is thinner.
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    Those Walmart people probably voted for Obama, they get what they voted for.
    Anyone with half a brain knows that those will be low paying jobs.
    Those jobs are for high school kid's. Not adults.
    But then, with the Obama economy in the tank like it is, we have adults competing for job;s with their own teenagers.
    What in the heck do these people think?
    They keep supporting Obama, and believe that he's just going to fly in to Walmart, and give them a huge pay raise?
    Those jobs are "entry level" jobs. Thats what they pay.
    Back when I was a kid, I'd have loved to have a job like that.
    I had to pick onions for about .50 cents an hour.
    It was a lot more work than you will ever see from a Walmart employee.
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    So....you are saying you have half a brain? Let me guess. When you were a kid you had to walk two miles back and forth to school every day.....in the snow....uphill.....BOTH WAYS!
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    This is what confuses me about arguments from others.
    "These people should get education and use this as a stepping stone to better opportunities" Huh, so apparently in this situation the job percentage doesn't exist and other well paying jobs are just out there for grabs. The only time we hear about the employment percentages is when its to bad mouth Democrats. Oh and pay for school? HOW!? With ten dollars an hour? Are these people oblivious, stupid or arrogant? Or all three at once? Uh, upper education costs tons and is only going up every year. Oh and don't take a handout or "gift" from the Government for it, you will be accused of being the worst type of person there is from a55hats that don't get it.
    Did anyone ever stop to think maybe these people want to invest back into the company by moving up the ladder? The one that seems to be nonexistent.

    Oh, for the clowns that think I'm wrong about the cost of college.
    http://www.economist.com/node/21559936
    http://www.savingforcollege.com/tutorial101/t...
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/bill-destler/co...
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    of course when I complain about Rupert Murdoch not only pay NO taxes on 300 million dollars in profit in the USA alone but also got "back" over 800,000, the right doesn't call that a gift. They just call it 'within the system". A system owned by the ultra rich.
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    @jessejaymes the CEO of GE is on the presidents jobs council, Jeff Immelt is his name, GE has sent thousands of jobs overseas, AND GE pays no federal taxes, when Jeff Immelt stops sending jobs overseas, and his company GE starts paying taxes, then Rupert Murdoch should too.
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    Don't you know they're supposed to pay for college by borrowing the money from their parents. Like anyone has $100k laying around after Wall Street collapsed.
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    @joyshusband What is your point? That GE guy is on Obama's jobs council? Both parties are corrupt to the core. But right wingers defend "their side". Left wingers defend "their side". I defend neither. The rich need to pay their fair share of taxes.
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    @jessejaymes Couldn't help but notice you picked on a "righty", I chose a lefty just to see if you'd reply, I totally agree with you, the system has been manipulated the way the rich want, by our representatives which are all a bunch of crooks. That's why I think the tax loopholes need to disappear, it really doesn't matter what percent is supposed to be paid in taxes, when loopholes zero it out anyway.
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    I thought this was still America...Now people like you get mad at people for trying to better them selves and their lives...Unbelievable!
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    @Sonny if they dont like it sonny and they want to "better themselves" they can get a better job, NOT hold their employer hostage. That is childish behavior = "waa, i cant get my way, waa, im gonna cry and throw a fit, waa,". That is exactly what you unionists sound/act like, a bunch of big babies.
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    @Sabio I suspect that if they could get a better job (tell your precious "job creators to start making some damn jobs")---they would get one. In the mean time, they still have to eat, today...so unless you are personally paying them---I suggest that you simply let them decide whats in their own financial best interest.
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    I do - but as an employer I have to support Wal-Mart's right to fire any workers that don't show up for their scheduled work day or who would attempt to bring shame to the company by protesting them. Of course, as a human being who truly cares about my fellow man - I still won't shop at Wal-Mart even though they got a great big one near my home.
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    They have a right to strike...So I doubt that Walmart will get away with taking your advice, and firing them for doing so.
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    @Sonny - My advice? You need to study, pay attention and not spin things. I wasn't giving Wal-Mart advice.....
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    @Lorth Well this is what you JUST SAID...."I do - but as an employer I have to support Wal-Mart's right to fire any workers that don't show up for their scheduled work day or who would attempt to bring shame to the company by protesting them..." So yeah, your advice to Walmart, based on what you just wrote.....would be for Walmart to "fire them"...YOU just said so....I mean---what are you now claiming to have "Romnesia"?!?
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    @Sonny - Good grief. Fairly simple - "I support their right to fire them". I also "Support a woman's right to have an abortion". I'm not advising Wal-Mart to fire their employees any more than I am advising women I don't even know to go have an abortion. You really shouldn't post if you've been drinking - now There Is Some Advice.
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  • #45
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    That's the problem with businesses today. They can fire a ripe employee and replace them with a dumbass who has to start from the beginning. Corporate Greed!
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    I say good for the workers. Striking makes a statement to management. However. the workers need to be ready to find other jobs. The owners have money to buy government support.
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    ...as if there won't be too many people out on Black Friday as is. Good for them, but if they get what the want Walmart will simply pass the costs on to customers. There needs to be a balance to keep the business healthy & workforce happy.
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    With all of the customers that walmart has...passing along a few bucks would not be a problem. And besides---that's the way that American business has been done for centuries...
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