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Wage thievery Today is a sad day for lovers of cedar cheese and those cakes we like because of the Walmart strike. The Walmart strike has, of course, been covered at length in the Labor section of your local newspaper so you are surely familiar with the details, except HA HA, just kidding! You probably don’t have a local newspaper anymore, and the liberal media doesn’t concern itself with trifling issues like “labor,” and if you are reading Wonkette you are probably not a Real American so you probably have not noticed that your local Walmart is maybe closed. (Yes, you have a local Walmart even though you don’t have a local newspaper.)

Today, for the first time in Walmart’s fifty-year history, workers at multiple stores are out on strike… Walmart is entirely union-free in North America, and has worked aggressively to stay that way…

Interviewed yesterday, University of California labor historian Nelson Lichtenstein predicted that in the event of a Walmart employee strike, public relations would play a bigger role in restricting Walmart’s response than any legal restrictions. If a work stoppage mustered “a substantial number of the workers” in a store, he said, then “a tougher response would be a PR disaster.” … [If] workers at one Walmart store went on strike indefinitely, [he added] “they’d just close the store, period. And it would be open with a whole new workforce in a week or two. And then it would be litigated for the next three years…” On the other hand, he said, “If every month or so, the workers at a Walmart store walked out, like a three-hour walkout, and then they went back in, that would have tremendous impact.” Brief walk-outs have happened at US Walmart stores in the past, but they’ve never involved multiple stores.

Workers are striking for better conditions, asserting that “No one should come to work and endure extreme temperatures, inhale dust and chemical residue, and lift thousands of boxes weighing up to 250 lbs with no support. Workers never know how long the work day will be—sometimes its two hours, sometimes it’s 16 hours.” CLEARLY they have not realized that they should just be grateful to have a job, especially serving people as successful as the Walton family.
[Salon]

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