Hi Walmart, I see you’ve met Alan Grayson; joins the protest, leads demonstrators in a chant

November 23, 2012
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Walmart is playing down their workers’ strike, but from watching it unfold, the protest is on. Walmart protesters were joined by Rep.-elect Alan Grayson (D-Fla), who just rejoined the House. After citing statistics on Walmart employees, whose children are on Food stamps, the fiery Congressman ended his speech with, “The people united, will never be defeated” which led a chorus of protesters to join the inspirational chant.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Walmart employees planned the walk off from work to occur on Thursday evening, while shoppers began to arrive early for “Black Friday.” Protesting crappy wages and a clear lack of benefits, Occupy joined forces with the workers.

Grayson is everywhere. 

Thursday, Grayson accompanied a Walmart worker as she walked off her job in St. Cloud as part of a nationwide protest against the country’s largest employer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OUR Walmart and Making Change at Walmart, along with watchdog group Corporate Action Network, have called upon on the retailer to end what they call retaliation against employees who speak out for better pay, fair schedules and affordable health care.

According to the company’s internal pay plan, obtained by The Huffington Post, employees can work at Walmart for decades before they make much above minimum wage.

in Dallas, where there is an unfriendly attitude toward unions, the city has become a main center for the strikes, along with Los Angeles and Chicago. This isn’t just a strike. It’s a point. When politicians dismiss the need for a minimum wage increase, giving the justification of it being unhealthy for small businesses, Walmart impact on small businesses has been significant.

A study concludes:

The joint review of key research papers from the past seven years indicates that the opening of a Wal-Mart in New York City would likely eliminate more jobs than it creates, result in the loss of independently owned small businesses, and create an increased burden on taxpayers.

“The history of the last decade tells us that Wal-Mart stands to be our City’s Trojan Horse,” said Public Advocate Bill de Blasio. “Wal-Mart’s record of driving small businesses out of town and paying below-poverty line wages to its employees will only exacerbate the current decline of New York City’s middle class. We must do everything we can to spur job creation in New York City, but that does not include opening our doors to a proven job-killer.”

Don’t look for the man behind Walmart’s curtain. He’s actually a toxic ‘corporation, my friend’.

Strike on, Walmart workers.

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  • Texxtyn

    Kewl. Congressman Grayson found Obama’s thrown out shoes,

    • Old Forgotten Shoes

      Somebody had to.

  • http://www.facebook.com/petersklynch Peter Shaw Keller Lynch

    It’s so disgusting that the six Waltons have a net worth of $102.7 billion but they pay their workers an average of $8.81 an hour, and 80% of their workers are on federal assistance because Walmart simply refuses to pay them living wages. They contribute more to the stratification of rich and poor, the division between the 1% and the 99%, than just about anybody else.

  • http://www.facebook.com/KwarnickP Keith W Peterson

    No one has to work at WalMart or any where else.
    They can quit whenever they might want to.

    Don’t like WalMart, don’t work there… don’t shop there.

    Start your own business to compete with WalMart.

    • Kyle Poore

      What, like Target or Kohls? Please tell me how, in this saturated retail market, anybody is supposed to compete with a corporate behemoth with a sole focus on profits, employee well-being be damned. Please tell me how anyone is supposed to get cheaper goods to sell than the crap Chinese merchandise lining Wal-Mart’s shelves. And please, tell me how I am supposed to draw customers when Wal-Mart, by virtue of the previous two points, is able to undercut all competition.

      You are right, no one has to work at Wal-Mart. In fact, I am quite sure Welfare pays more than Wal-Mart.

      The point I am trying to make, M Peterson, is that you are expressing a narrow and underdeveloped worldview. Please do contemplate some of the points I’ve made, though I doubt any impact will be made. I’ve talked to too many Republicans to think that they listen to facts.

    • Uncanny

      They pushed all the small businesses out. There is nowhere else in some parts of the country. Either stand up for regular Americans, or get out of our way. We need to work together. You are part of the problem.

    • Texxtyn

      Im glad you like Walmart’s employee pay model because you, as a taxpayer, are paying for it so Walmart doesn’t have to. Kinda like donating to billionaires, err well, exactly like donating to billionaires. And certainly promoting the low pay welfare model that the Elite use to keep from having to dig into their own very deep pockets. I guess it’s like giving celebrities extravagant gifts. Never understood it but people do it in droves.

  • Guy behind the curtain

    Aw crap!

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