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  •  Nothing historic here at all. (1+ / 0-)
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    rhauenstein

    None of it means squat unless the employees step forward and unionize.

    Please keep it all in perspective.
    Nothing has changed and nothing will change as a result of the few scattered protests.

    Enagaged activism wins elections. 100 million words on liberal/progressive websites gets beat by one new GOP voter casting their vote.

    by Nebraska68847Dem on Mon Nov 26, 2012 at 08:53:51 AM PST

    •  Disagree (0+ / 0-)

      Walmart workers are seeing that some of their fellow workers went on strike for a day and didn't get fired. That is a real educational eye-opener, more than days worth of pro-union discussion.

      •  I know (0+ / 0-)

        other WalMart workers saw workers "protest" (not strike).

        Stop over-amplifying what the case is.

        I want WalMart workers to unionized but there's a long way to go from here.

        You can disagree with me but there's nothing "historical" that happened last Friday.
        WalMart reported record Black Friday sales... business as usual.

        Enagaged activism wins elections. 100 million words on liberal/progressive websites gets beat by one new GOP voter casting their vote.

        by Nebraska68847Dem on Mon Nov 26, 2012 at 11:16:51 AM PST

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        •  any worker (0+ / 0-)

          who missed work, and didn't get fired, was a striker. If you stand outside with a sign on your day off, that's a protest. At any rate, if Walmart doesn't retaliate, workers gain strength.

          If you asked workers last week, they'd probably tell you  anyone who struck (or protested) would be swiftly fired.

          But they weren't.  That's a step forward.

          Oh, I want Walmart unionized too, and I hurt inside, thinking of what a long way we have to go.

          If 14,000 Walmart workers had struck, that would have been only 1% of their work force. So we are at what, .01% struck?

          But my 1930s labor history books tell me that a small minority of workers led the great auto sit down strikes.  In some plants, the small minority just get beat up. In others, well ....

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