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    That ALREADY have to get government assistance because they don't get paid enough to live on paycheck to paycheck. So you're statement is invalid.
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    okay. you see what kind of life you can live on $10 an hour and no family support zoe? you sound like a spoiled rich kid that got everything handed to them, or at let mommy and daddy hold their hands. the entire store should have walked out. you lose 2-3 workers, they can be replaced. you lose a store full of workers, you're screwed. the managers probably read them a speech the day before. and all them got scared.
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    They succeeded. Unions don't spring into place overnight, employers can't change HR policies in a day, working conditions don't improve with a gesture.

    What was accomplished is twofold: more attention was paid to Walmart policies than before, and Walmart itself was forced to lie about the event's success.

    It's a start.
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    Glad I read the your post before posting myself, I was thinking the same thing. Progress was made, and who's to say Walmart wasn't lying about black Friday profits..
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    @DARSB They dont have to admit it. Overtime they should just cut back on the lazy bums hours. I am willing to bet the ones who "Stroke" were not your most productive employees anyway. Maybe they will leave and go work at Cosco.
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    Walmarts pay their workers above minimum wage, their pay is along the same scale as other stores and the turnover isn't that great suggesting it isn't a sweat shop, most of the protesters don't even work there but represent a Union that is trying to gain millions in new dues, I made it a point to go to Walmarts so I could protest the protesters, I didn't see any protesters at all and the workers didnt seem any less happy than anyone that has to work for a living, the big bust was the union that wasted their holiday to try to force something that wasn't wanted in the first place
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    They failed. The economy will not support paying this type of worker a lot of money because the premise of Walmart stores is low prices. It will not change because as long as there has been society there have been poor and rich and everything in between. Quit and someone else will step in to take your place. Raise prices and pay your employees more and your customers will go elsewhere. It's right in front of your face... low prices mean you now produce in China and American production jobs went away.
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    Generally speaking retail sales jobs are not high paying gigs. Anybody with a minimal amount of skill can do retail. In the real world, people are paid for their skills. The lower the skill set required, the lower the pay.

    I'm glad to see you're here guy and I hope you had a good Thanksgiving ........ The Commie
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    @HughAkston For sure but these people can't appreciate the finer aspects of Buffalo, like how the BPD requires at least an eighth-grade education to become police commissioner.
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    I'd say they failed. Why? Due to comments like "FIRE THEM"! People, telling somebody to get another job does NOT answer the problems of the system! Americans, wake up! Not everyone can and will be as highly educated as you are (yeah...right, you're highly educated!) Think of ALL the "services" you require during the course of your "self absorbed" day. Need gas....somebodies there. Need food....somebodies there. It just doesn't happen by the grace of god.....it happens because someone's there! Without these people, you "highly educated" people would starve!!
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    As somebody who just spent a summer working in fast food as a second job, I gotta say, these aren't dream jobs. They are jobs you may get stuck in because they don't pay enough to give you other options.
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    @Thunderchicken because you know all their situations? You should become a job coach then, make you billions telling others how to get out of their situations.
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    @jamie91

    Maybe when I retire but I'm doing just fine at what I do now.

    Just out of curiosity though, what does pay have to do with options?
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    @Thunderchicken getting a higher education, moving to where there are more opportunities, better daycare giving you more options of when you can work, a vehicle so your job search area is expanded...
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    The protestors were not employees of Walmart, apparently in all the protests a claimed total of Walmart workers was less than 20 people and that's sort of suspect since no one would actually identify any of them. These were just people trucked in to protest against a company that does not want to be unionized.
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    More than 100 people were burned to death in a fire at a Daka, Bangladesh factory on Saturday. This factory supplies cheapass clothing for Walmart, and has been cited numerous times for fire safety violations. Yeah, go buy those $4 sweatpants. Hope you trip in them and break a kneecap.
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    Everything has a start. The working poor are just now getting started on standing together and sticking together for their rights.
    It will only grow bigger!

    When people relize they DO have the power....watch out!

    Their are more of us working poor than their are super rich.

    What will they do fire us all? Hahahahahaha I think not.

    We do all the grunt work.
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    well if they don't want to work at wallmart, they can always work at mcdonald's or arby's. once you choose to work for any company, you should support the company. if you find, you do not like it. you! can quit. wallmart is not, a forced labor camp.
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    just fire them and install more self check-outs but please put an age limit on them of no one over 50 should be allowed to use them.
    they also need special lanes for old people who refuse to pay by anything but a check, then only start writing it after they are told the total.
    Then make you wait while they fill out the ledger and balance it when they could easily do it in the car.
    better yet stop taking personal checks, everyone with a checking account can get a free debit card. If old people can not figure them out then they need to use cash
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    They failed, they also looked sort of stupid. I saw the guy in the "Green" shirt, a spokesman, as he pranced and clapped and chanted some dull mantra. That's the face of these people? Wow, looked like Dumb and Dumber started a parade and then forgot what it was for. My question is, how can one protest a companies policies if one is not a member/employee of said company? 5 bus loads of people were trucked in, given banners, told what to chant, and walked around a block near Walmart. Uh huh, that's effective. Bottom line is that Walmart workers have repeatedly voted to NOT unionize, I get it, the union needs those million plus workers to be paying dues to the unions, they need the money to buy more democrat politicians. BUT, the workers want no part of the union.
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    Of course they failed. 1.3+ million employees. A few hundred that protested weren't even Wal Mart employees. They were typical bussed in union agitators. EPIC fail.
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    We're talking about it aren't we? The question is, do Walmart policies add up to abuse or exploitation? I think as the economy improves, and people have a wider range of options, you'll see more of this. A lot of companies used the recession to take advantage of workers who were desperate for those jobs. Now it's payback time.
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    I worked at Walmart during the recession. Walmart didn't drop pay rates for any job and raised pay rates for some. It has been my experience at Walmart that the people who do the complaining are the ones that don't want to work. I started out at Walmart as a full-time hourly employee. I worked hard and took pride in the results of my labor. I was promoted in 9 months to a management position. I have no college education and had never worked in retail before. I was promoted for the quality of my work. The store manager in that store started as a cart pusher 16 years earlier with no college education and just out of high school. The Market Manager started as a cart pusher. Walmart promotes most of its management from within regardless of education. Work ethic means more than anything if you want to be compensated at any job for any employer. There is plenty of opportunity at Walmart if you have the desire to improve. It has been my experience that the people who do the complaining are the ones with a poor work ethic but believe they should be promoted and compensated the same as the hard working employees that take pride in what they do.
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    All they did is show wal mart just how many unnecessary employees they had. With a skeleton crew at work and the strikers on strike, walmart still did awesome, and their union still got its due's. only loser here was those about to get their walking papers.
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    Also they don't compensate their employees in a way fair to the work load they are given. The people who work in shipping and receiving make less hourly than the person who greets you at the entrance. So the people who have the most responsibility and heaviest work load make the least amount of hourly pay. Walmart is making money hand over fist, and they should be held accountable to take care of their employees. That would be fair to both, employees and upper management who are in charge of those decisions.
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    Where do you get your information. The people who greet you at the door are in the lowest pay scale at Walmart. The people in receiving (Walmarts don't have a shipping department) are 2 pay scales above. It is this type of untrue propaganda that is promoted by the unions with the intent of creating tension and unrest for the purpose of furthering the union agenda.
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