Monday, November 26, 2012

Walmart Workers Revolt!

As American consumers officially kicked off their holiday shopping today, anti-Walmart activists staged what was originally billed as a day of mass employee revolt at the world's largest retailer, a time for store associates to walk off the job "in protest of Walmart’s continuous acts of retaliation against those of us who speak out for better pay, affordable healthcare, improved working conditions, fair schedules, more hours, and most of all, respect."

OUR Walmart, which organized the protest, claims today's action was a wild success. Based on the swarm of media attention, they're right.

But there was one thing largely missing that, one might argue, every employee walkout kind of needs: employees.

According to the Bentonville-based company, roughly 50 people who are actually on Walmart's payroll joined today's "walkout" nationwide. The protest organizers say "hundreds" participated. Even if 1,000 took part, that's still less than 1/10 of 1% of Walmart's 1.4 million associates.



This is the stupidest story since the Hostess strikers ended the company and thought that somebody else would buy a company that could not afford to operate, and then give the employees (who are known for working hard striking) more money and making the business even less prosperous than it was when it when bankrupt.

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