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Forum Post: WallMart, 'Splained!

Posted 7 years ago on Jan. 30, 2013, 10:18 a.m. EST by shoozTroll (17632)
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This is being billed as the most addictive infographic on the subject, I'd also call it the most informative.


It doesn't mention whether or not WallyWorld has taken out a life insurance policy on her yet.



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[-] 4 points by Ache4Change (3340) 7 years ago

'The average pay of a Walmart worker is $8.81 an hour. A third of Walmart’s employees work less than 28 hours per week and don’t qualify for benefits. Walmart is a microcosm of the American economy. It has brazenly fought off unions. But it could easily afford to pay its workers more. It earned $16 billion last year. Much of that sum went to Walmart’s shareholders, including the family of its founder, Sam Walton.

'The wealth of the Walton family now exceeds the wealth of the bottom 40 percent of American families combined, according to an analysis by the Economic Policy Institute. But how can Walmart expect to continue to show fat profits when most of its customers are on a downward economic escalator?

'Walmart should be unionized. So should McDonalds. So should every major big-box retailer and fast-food outlet in the nation. So should every hospital in America.

'That way, more Americans would have enough money in their pockets to get the economy moving. And everyone – even the very rich – would benefit.'

Taken from - 'The Non Zero Sum Society' by Robert Reich - http://www.nationofchange.org/non-zero-sum-society-1359471017

Neo-Liberal Economics and Debt-Peonage is strangling America and the Global 99% & those who say nothing and accept the status quo - give there tacit consent to this state of affairs.

Thanks for the great post and link. Solidarity. Never Give Up! Occupy Wall Street!

[-] 2 points by shoozTroll (17632) 7 years ago

Union yes!

It's the negotiated way around the "minimum wage" issue.

[-] 4 points by Ache4Change (3340) 7 years ago

'Coordinated actions are beginning to turn Walmart’s global dominance into a new opportunity for uniting the struggles of workers around the world.' - http://www.nationofchange.org/how-walmart-labor-struggle-going-global-1358353103 & also see -




'What started as a warehouse workers’ strike in California late last year has grown into a global struggle against the world’s largest private employer. The 2.1 million Walmart workers constitute the third-largest workforce in the world, following the U.S. Department of Defense and the People’s Liberation Army of China. And they are revolting.'

Never Give Up Aggregating, Coalescing & Uniting! Go Occupy! Solidarity.

[+] -7 points by Shayneh (-482) 7 years ago

What happened to the "wall mart protesters" on Thanksgiving? Where did they go to? I guess they just "gave up" didn't they?

[-] 6 points by Buttercup (1067) 7 years ago

Sounds like what alot of men said in the late 1800's during the early stages of womens suffrage.

Or what alot of factory owners said in the early stages of union organizing.

Or what alot of white people said in the early stages of civil rights.

I'm sure there was a alot of laughing and making fun of. By some people.

Those rights and that progress didn't always follow a linear path. It wasn't always visible and it didn't happen in 6 months. It took decades.

[-] 3 points by inclusionman (7064) 7 years ago

We must be patient, brave, relentless, strong. and understanding. There will be small successes, slow progress, & setbacks.

But if we persevere, we will defeat the corp 1% enemies of the 99%

[+] -5 points by Shayneh (-482) 7 years ago

Well, those folks stood on the line for days, months or years - I don't see it today - so I doubt things will get done anytime soon - maybe 10 years from now something might change.

[-] 4 points by inclusionman (7064) 7 years ago

Then we protest again and again until non believers finally understand.

FYI Here is more new protests.


[-] -2 points by Shayneh (-482) 7 years ago

Well lets see how this turnout will be and lets see how long it will last - that will tell the story.

[-] 3 points by inclusionman (7064) 7 years ago

It will only tell the story of one protest. To attempt to define a whole movement with one event is inaccurate, desperate, and wishful thinking.

It has already been explained to you that this pro worker movement is growing, and as always fighting the greedy, selfish corp 1% in power will take years.

You should support your fellow hard working American workers.

[+] -4 points by Shayneh (-482) 7 years ago

Well from what I remember in days gone by - employees who protested because of wages, hours of work and working conditions stood on protest lines for days, months and years in some cases.

So as I stated - lets see how long this "protest" will last. Lets see if this generation has the "stamana" to do what needs to be done in order for them go get what they want.

[-] 2 points by inclusionman (7064) 7 years ago

Protests are different now. But it will take years.

[-] 4 points by inclusionman (7064) 7 years ago

And we expanded beyond walmart as well. Ports, and fastfood as well.


[-] 2 points by inclusionman (7064) 7 years ago
[-] 2 points by ivyquinn (167) 7 years ago

Walmart is maniacal and they know that they can get away with anything they want. Why? Merica' is sleeping.

[-] 1 points by shoozTroll (17632) 7 years ago

I don't shop there.

Do you?

[-] 2 points by ivyquinn (167) 7 years ago

Only when I have to buy my ramen noodles. A woman has to eat. Usually though I try to shop at a co-op.

[-] 1 points by shoozTroll (17632) 7 years ago

Home made spaghetti sauce and wholewheat angelhair pasta does it for me.

I mostly stay away from processed "foods".

[-] 2 points by owsarmy (271) 7 years ago

Recent Walmart news: Media pressure is needed along with protests and boycotts.


(and a bump up for his important issue)

[-] 2 points by WSmith (2698) from Cornelius, OR 7 years ago

Unite and WIN!

[-] 0 points by shoozTroll (17632) 7 years ago


Meanwhile, Wallyworld strikes back.


[-] 1 points by WSmith (2698) from Cornelius, OR 7 years ago

Good stuff posting on my post.

[-] 1 points by Shule (2638) 7 years ago

Boycott Walmart.

[-] 0 points by shoozTroll (17632) 7 years ago

I hope you do.

[-] 1 points by Shule (2638) 7 years ago

Yes, I certainly do.

I'm not fooled by supposedly "lower prices". Everything has its repercussions.

And if Walmart is the only place I can buy something, then I do not need it.


[-] 0 points by TrevorMnemonic (5827) 7 years ago

they should have added a picture of the slave labor tomato fields in Immokalee Florida where Wal-Mart policies contribute to slave labor.

or the many outsourced jobs that equal slave labor overseas.

Great post!

[-] 0 points by shoozTroll (17632) 7 years ago

In Florida, the act of taking such a photograph is a felony.

Slave labor in China, or Bangladesh, or Saipan, or any number of other places is not.

[-] -1 points by DKAtoday (33802) from Coon Rapids, MN 7 years ago

Anyone ever ask an employee if wallyworld helps em sign-up for food stamps and other aid in their personnel office? UN-advertised work benefit program?

[-] 1 points by shoozTroll (17632) 7 years ago


Now that would be rich.............an office at WallyWorld to help the help sign up for "working welfare".

Somehow, I think they would spend corporate profits on that.

[-] -1 points by DKAtoday (33802) from Coon Rapids, MN 7 years ago

True "Somehow, I think they would spend corporate profits on that."

It helps those assholes bottom line. How much can it cost to have someone in human resources run over to the county and grab-up a bunch of forms now and then? Put em in the new employee orientation packet.

[-] -1 points by OTP (-203) from Tampa, FL 7 years ago

Theres a serious problem with the entire country when the largest company pays the worst


[-] 0 points by shoozTroll (17632) 7 years ago

To insure their success, it's of paramount importance to fight "right to work" legislation and all of those that promote it, otherwise, it's just a pointless exercise.

[-] -2 points by DKAtoday (33802) from Coon Rapids, MN 7 years ago

Once again, Walmart is trying to terrorize its workers into silence -- this time, by illegally firing 11 workers who went on strike for fair pay and respect at work.

Earlier this month, hundreds of striking Walmart associates descended on Walmart's shareholders' meeting, to protests Walmart’s aggressive campaign of intimidation against workers who have demanded decent conditions, fair pay, and respect at work. Walmart's bosses have insisted that they're not trying to intimidate workers and that any associate can bring their concerns to management at any time -- but if this is true, then why did Walmart fire 12 of the key strike leaders since Friday?

The workers aren't scared -- they've spent the past week confronting Walmart's board members. Now, as they step their campaign up, we need to let the workers know that thousands of people are standing with them!

Tell Walmart: End intimidation of workers now. Re-hire the workers you fired.

Since their historic strike last Black Friday, Walmart workers have done an amazing job raising awareness about Walmart's exploitative policies and the consequences of those policies for all of us. They even provoked Congress to release a report showing that each Walmart superstore costs taxpayers around $1,000,000 each year. Why? Because workers are so poorly paid that they have to rely on Medicaid, food stamps, and other public assistance just to make ends meet.

Walmart says the workers were fired for violating its attendance policy. That's ridiculous; the workers were on strike, which is a legally-protected activity. But with the National Labor Relations Board hamstrung by business interests in Congress, it can take an eternity for labor law to actually be enforced. Thankfully, we don't have to wait for the NLRB to hear the case. We can remind Walmart now that it can't bully workers and break the law without consequences.

In the past 12 months, Walmart has lurched from one PR disaster to the next. Walmart’s brand has been hammered by worker protests, deadly factory disasters in Bangladesh, and a massive bribery scandal in Mexico. Its sales have plummeted in the last quarter, and opinion polls show Walmart’s favorability ratings amongst key demographics that the company is courting have plummeted 50 percent in 2012. Walmart is desperate to win back the public's favor, so we need to send it one clear message: respect your workers, respect our communities, and respect the law.

Click here to demand that Walmart re-hire all the striking workers it fired last Friday.

As Walmart's sales and favorability ratings in opinion polls plummet, it's clear that decades of unethical behavior are catching up with the world's largest retailer. But instead of changing its ways, the company is trying (and failing) to silence its critics. Let's show the excutives that consumers like us are standing side-by-side with workers against the company's thuggish behavior.

Thanks for all you do, Rob, Kaytee and the team at SumOfUs.org

More information:

"Firing of Five Walmart Strikers Condemned by Rep. Ellison: 'Completely Unjust and Illegal" The Nation, June 22.


DKAtoday ‏@DKAtoday

Walmart Fires Eleven Strikers in Alleged Retaliation | The Nation http://www.thenation.com/blog/174937/firing-5-walmart-strikers-condemned-rep-ellison-completely-unjust-and-illegal

Boycott abusers of labor.

Demand change.

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[-] 1 points by Shule (2638) 7 years ago

It may be better if people simply stopped working for Walmart altogether. I know being unemployed is tough, but in the big picture, its better to be unemployed than to be an underpaid slave laborer in an organization whose aim is to suck as much wealth out of a community as it possibly can. At best working for Walmart is a Faustian bargain.

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (33802) from Coon Rapids, MN 7 years ago

True - people walking out the door and others refusing to take their place would be awesome - but not as likely to happen as the public refusing to buy/shop there. Would truly be Awesome to see a combination of both actions though.

Anyone else experiencing a loss of internet connection every 20 minutes?

Never mind - Good Night ( morning AM ? ) All.

[-] 1 points by Renneye (3874) 7 years ago

Goodnight Popeye...sleep well.

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (33802) from Coon Rapids, MN 7 years ago

U 2 Orlive - uk uk uk

Bluto get away from Orlive - uk uk uk

Pappy wheres me spinach!!!!

Whimpky - that's not a burger - 2 hell with you'll pay me tuesday - gimmme the damn spinach - uk uk uk

[-] 0 points by shoozTroll (17632) 7 years ago


[-] -1 points by DKAtoday (33802) from Coon Rapids, MN 7 years ago

I knew you would!!!


[-] 0 points by shoozTroll (17632) 7 years ago

How could I not?

Now, if only we could find one to repeal "right to work" on a national level, these people at WallyWorld might have a chance to organize into an effective union.

[-] -1 points by DKAtoday (33802) from Coon Rapids, MN 7 years ago

How could I not?

How could anyone not?

END corp(se)oRATion personhood Folks - 1st step to making a healthy and prosperous world for ALL. Support Move To Amend.

Then we need to seriously push for one subject at a time legislation (OSTA) and get BS riders off of legislation - no more crap riding on through on good/needed legislation. No more ok approve/add this to your bill and you have my support - BULLSHIT

[-] -2 points by GirlFriday (17435) 7 years ago

That is phenomenal.