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On October 10th 2012, two hundred Associates descended on Walmart's Home Office in Bentonville ((Arkansas)) to protest Walmart's attempts to silence Associates. In a historic move many of the Associates present had walked off the job the day before.

The HR Drones insisted on talking "individually" with the workers. The workers insisted that they would not be divided. Smart move.

It's been a long time coming.  There's a very long way to go. But someday, Walmart might start to (or be forced to) treat its employees decently.

2:35 PM PT: Comment from video page:

i worked at SAMS never got over 39 HRS and a 5 cent raise for working my ASS OFF 1 yr 11 months EVERY single G*DDAMN WEEKEND ! Never took my KID to Great America Park because SAMS Never let me off on the weekends !

2:37 PM PT: More info here:

http://obrag.org/...

The New York Times has posted an article saying that disgruntled Walmart employees, joined by labor unions and community groups, might stage a combined protest and educational campaign the Friday after Thanksgiving, the traditional start of the holiday shopping season. The workers are protesting company attempts to “silence and retaliate against workers for speaking out for improvements on the job,” according to a United Food and Commercial Workers news release. Walmart workers, who are not unionized, have long complained of low pay and a lack of benefits.

Studies have shown that Walmart workers are more likely than others in the industry to rely on government benefits. In California, for instance, where the strike started, employees’ families use 40 percent more publicly funded healthcare and 38 percent more public assistance programs than the average employee at a large retail company.

3:40 PM PT: Yglesias on the spreading Walmart strikes

Originally posted to jpmassar on Thu Oct 11, 2012 at 02:31 PM PDT.

Also republished by Occupy Wall Street, Progressive Policy Zone, and In Support of Labor and Unions.

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