#1 Three arrested in Wal-Mart protests that extend to 15 cities09-05-2013, 10:36 PM
Three arrested in Wal-Mart protests that extend to 15 cities
Gary Strauss, USA TODAY 6:55 p.m. EDT September 5, 2013
In the latest worker protest to raise hourly wages, activiists rally against Wal-Mart
(Photo: Matt Rourke, AP)
- Coalition wants more full-time positions paying $25,000 a year
- Wal-Mart says few workers are participating, blames union organizers
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Wal-Mart workers and supporters launched protests in at least 15 cities Thursday, urging the world's largest retailer provide higher wages, better jobs and the right to unionize.
OUR Wal-Mart, a coalition including Wal-Mart workers, community organizers and the United Food & Commercial Workers organized day-long protests, urging Wal-Mart to pay full-time wages of $25,000 a year, or $12 an hour. It says many of Wal-Mart's 1.3 million associates are part-time employees averaging just $8.80 an hour.
The Wal-Mart protests - which follow last week's broader, widespread strikes among fast-food industry workers seeking $15 an hour wages from fast food chains - were scheduled for Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York City, Seattle, Chicago, Denver, Boston, Orlando, Minneapolis and Washington D.C., where Wal-Mart is threatening to cut expansion if it's required to pay a city mandated "living wage" of at least $12.50 an hour.
Isn't that special. Nova in 3....2....1...The difference between pigs and people is that when they tell you you're cured it isn't a good thing.
09-06-2013, 05:01 AM
The unions want to keep eliminating the bottom rungs on the entry level job ladder.
09-06-2013, 09:05 AM
Remember that unions are a labor cartel, and their ultimate goal is controlling every aspect of labor, from entry to post-retirement. They want power, and nothing else matters.
09-08-2013, 04:05 AM
After my strong dislike of unions later in life I was denied a promotion due to not having enough seniority. The new contract language was loose allowing the company more flexibility, I was already doing most of the duties of the new job, and local management and district management wanted me to have the job. With the new loose contract language the company thought it would not be a problem, yet it was thanks to the UFCW. It was one of those unique jobs in which the supervisor was also union. It would of been a $10 an hour raise. Shortly after they lost me as an employee. 24 months later the same company contacted me trying to rehire me as a manager, but I already had plans to move to Nevada. It took that long. It was a large company and that location actually closed about a year after that.
I hate unions. I have done everything from paid organizing to union representation. Two of the unions were in Chicago, one shared an office with ACORN.
09-08-2013, 09:55 AM
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