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Retribution Against the Financial Elite

Walmart Organizes Against Workers

Posted 3 months ago on Jan. 14, 2014, 11:59 p.m. EST by OccupyWallSt
Tags: Walmart, leak, direct action

Poverty Pay Keeps Prices Low

Following the release of a claim from Anonymous that Walmart would be targeted, we received the following secret internal documents on Walmart’s attempts to thwart workers who are mobilizing for basic rights and a decent wage. These documents go a long way in revealing just how scared Walmart is of its own workers standing together for change.

FACT CHECK: OUR Walmart is not a union nor is it seeking union recognition. OUR Walmart is simply a group of Walmart hourly workers who have come together to address issues in their stores.

FACT CHECK: Walmart falsely claims that OUR Walmart is seeking union recognition and trying to build a union, because under US labor law, this would take away some of the rights of striking workers. OUR Walmart workers have gone on strike to stand up to Walmart’s retaliation against workers when they have come together to speak out about issues like decent pay, respect in the workplace and getting enough hours to survive. These are legally protected unfair labor practice strikes. Walmart wants people to believe that these are strikes for union recognition so that it can freely fire and target workers, rather than be forced to obey the law and respect their right to speak up.

FACT CHECK: OUR Walmart and UFCW are not seeking to represent Walmart workers.

FACT CHECK: Some of the materials claim that Walmart “takes care” of its own associates. Walmart actually costs tax-payers $900,000 a store in subsidies because they care so poorly for their associates. Recently, a store Walmart held a food drive, for its own workers who can’t afford to eat.

FACT CHECK: Of course workers organizing does not guarantee any result, but we’ve already seen the result of doing nothing and you can guarantee that nothing will get better if people don’t stand up to bullying tactics, insufficient hours and low pay.

FACT CHECK: Walmart claims to have open lines of communication through its “open door policy.” This is really a divide-and-conquer tactic, in which the company makes a single worker bring issues to management alone. This means the “open door” is closed to groups who wish to raise issues together and is one way Walmart seeks to deal with people individually, instead of collectively in a stronger group.

FACT CHECK: Walmart claims to be transparent, but doesn’t even supply its workers with a policy manual. They have to access company policies at work on the company network, without time to fully review, rather than having a clear understanding of what is required and allowed.

FACT CHECK: OUR Walmart is a group of Associates who are speaking and representing themselves.

FACT CHECK: What this graph doesn’t tell you is what happened to wages and the middle class when union membership dropped.

via Huffington Post

FACT CHECK: OUR Walmart dues are $5/month and goes to support the organizing work of OUR Walmart. Workers are still welcome to participate if they do not pay dues or are unable to continue paying dues.

FACT CHECK: Making Change at Walmart is the UFCW-led coalition that works in solidarity with OUR Walmart, much like Occupy Wall Street.

FACT CHECK: Walmart workers, in most other countries, have union representation - the United States is an anomaly. When asked why that is the case, then International Chief Executive and soon-to-be Walmart CEO said “We have a local philosophy. It’s our intention to demonstrate that we are a great corporate citizen.”

FACT CHECK: Despite Walmart’s acronym “TIPS” Walmart has recently gotten into trouble for breaking most of the rules outlined in the acronym.

Here is a report documenting the company’s recent systematic worker abuses

The report also documents how Walmart has tried to silence communities along with workers through:

  • Restraining orders against protesters
  • Selective enforcement of company policies in order to provide a pretext for disciplining or terminating activists
  • Selective enforcement of the company’s solicitation policies in order to limit workers’ access to information about the benefits of organizing
  • Illegal threats that workers would face serious consequences if they organized, including economic losses
  • Illegal manipulation of store staffing in order to dilute support for organizing and union representation in the run-up to a union election
  • Illegal information gathering including coercive interrogation, eavesdropping, and remote monitoring of workers via security cameras

The National Labor Relations Board has found merit in workers’ claims of intimidation and illegal action on Walmart’s behalf. After workers went on strike over retaliation in 2013, Walmart responded by firing around 20 workers and disciplining 40 more to scare workers out of standing up for their rights.

FACT CHECK: Note that the union card on page #34 does not say anything about Walmart. OUR Walmart doesn’t sign representation over to UFCW.

FACT CHECK: Unions partner with local groups to help them hold Walmart accountable. This is not meant to harm the company, but to call on Walmart to be a good neighbor and keep its promises to the community. Walmart often makes promises about wages and jobs when it comes to a community, but there is nothing to hold them accountable. This work is all done in solidarity with the workers.

If you are a Walmart worker, there is no time like the present to start organizing your workplace. Go to: http://ChangeWalmart.org

If you are an occupy activist and you would like to help with the effort, go to: http://ChangeWalmart.org and tell them we sent you.

I'm standing up to Walmart



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[-] 5 points by JohnWa (507) 3 months ago

A great start.

A monster that has soaked lifeblood in many ways from toxic food, imported junk, crushed local labor and small business whilst reaping billions.

[-] 4 points by elf3 (2045) 3 months ago

The Waltons implemented the idea of auctioning off American labor to the lowest bidder - they thrived on America's decline...they even blamed us for it. Other business followed suit to be able to compete with this mammoth monopoly they even claimed they had to...and quickly they all profited and began to pay off our system of government to force us along for their ride to the top and our decline, the downfall of the American dream, the loss of quality and meaning and hope. This is not the America I grew up in, sure it was brimming under the surface, the greed was always ready to pounce and the leeches were ready to attach themselves, but we fought back, we had protection in our democratic system and from our regulatory boards in our FREE PRESS and our willingness to dream and care for others and co-operate. But when one monopoly became so large so fast all while destroying the rest of us - we lost control, we couldn't fight them off...the Waltons know this ship is going to sink the economy is going to crash (ask them about the bunker under their compound) they don't care if we all drown in the water... they don't believe in god or humanity - or souls, you can tell this in the way they're just going to live it up until they wink off and pummel as many people as they have to so they can ride the hog until they go. Are we going to let them use us any more? Are we going to let them and their paid politicians and media get away with it?

[-] 1 points by shooz (26718) 3 months ago

They also spend some of the money they gouge from their customers, to actively suppress unionization.

Or even organization of any kind.


[-] 3 points by beautifulworld (20419) 3 months ago

Walmart illegally disciplined and fired employees after strikes and protests for better pay says the National Labor Relations Board.

"The National Labor Relations Board, in a sweeping complaint filed on Wednesday, said that Walmart illegally disciplined and fired employees after strikes and protests for better pay."

"Walmart Is Facing Claims That It Fired Protesters" NY Times, January 16, 2014


And, we wonder why people like Odin went and marched to support these exploited workers.

[-] 1 points by twerkie2 (-13) from Libreville, Estuaire 3 months ago

Shame on you if you shop at walmart

[-] 1 points by shooz (26718) 3 months ago
[-] 0 points by anerioi (0) 3 weeks ago

Sounds like a bunch of communist sympathizers to me. Move to Cuba. Seriously - I really liked the graph of how our incomes have dropped as union membership has declined. The rhetoric against protecting our rights as workers has been terrible. Like my opening comments. Reagan really screwed us over.

[-] -3 points by chilidip (-34) 3 weeks ago

Thank God for Wal Mart. The number one shopping choice of African Americans and the poor. They save them more money than any government program EVER could.

However they are despised by arrogant, self centered bourgeoisie liberals who think they know what's best for the poor. Union dues are more important to the liberal elitists than low prices for food, and medicine,