Nonunionized Wal-Mart still facing strikes

Workers are protesting labor conditions, and some are targeting a mass Black Friday walkout. The company responds by filing an unfair labor charge.

By Kim Peterson Nov 16, 2012 3:06PM
Updated 5:30 p.m. ET

Even though it has no employee unions, Wal-Mart (WMT) may get socked with worker strikes on Black Friday.

Workers want better pay, more health care coverage and permission to form unions without retaliation. If Wal-Mart doesn't offer them an olive branch, some of them appear ready to go on strike on one of the busiest shopping days of the year.

After days of downplaying the protests, Wal-Mart responded Friday by filing an unfair labor practice charge in the case. Wal-Mart shares closed Friday down 1% to $68.03.
The strikes seem to be coalescing around a group of current and former Wal-Mart workers called Organization United for Respect at Wal-Mart, or OUR Wal-Mart. The group is asking Wal-Mart employees to take the Black Friday pledge on its website and refuse to work on that day. The group is getting backing from the United Food and Commercial Workers union, known as UFCW.

Wal-Mart directly targeted UFCW Friday, asking the National Labor Relations Board to stop what it describes as illegal efforts to disrupt business, Reuters reports.

"We are taking this action now because we cannot allow the UFCW to continue to intentionally seek to create an environment that could directly and adversely impact our customers and associates," Wal-Mart spokesman David Tovar said in a statement. "If they do, they will be held accountable."Wal-Mart store in Secaucus, New Jersey / Jin Lee/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The union scoffed, and one spokeswoman described the company as "grasping at straws." OUR Wal-Mart says it has 1,000 protests lined up from now through Black Friday at Wal-Mart locations nationwide.

Many Wal-Mart employees earn less than $10 an hour, and the group is asking the company to bump up pay to at least $13 an hour, according to John Logan, a professor of labor and employment studies at San Francisco State University.

In addition, worker health care premiums are expected to rise as much as 36% next year, Reuters reports. Wal-Mart told Reuters that the average health care premium will only rise about 4.4% for employees, however, as some high-premium plans get removed. Wal-Mart pays for routine checkups, but employees need to meet a deductible of at least $1,750 before Wal-Mart begins paying 80% of the cost of doctor visits, tests and other services, Reuters reports.

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Jul 1, 2013 9:41PM
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When is someone going to put a anti  trust  law suit, against Wal-Mart like they did a&p food stores several years ago. OUR COUNTRY NEEDS TO WAKE UPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPP
Jul 1, 2013 8:22PM
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The object of the owners is to get free labor so the owners will be on the billionaire list. It's no longer Sam Walton. It's his spoiled rotten heirs.
Jul 1, 2013 6:29PM
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While I am glad there are all these Walmart employees posting saying how much they love their job and blah blah blah you are really not representing an accurate picture of Walmart as an employer. And I'm not even complaining about my pay - which I'm fine with. But I receive ZERO respect from my managers, this is now the fourth job I have had in my 15 years of working and I have never been so disrespected by my employers in my life, and that includes working for Chick-fil-A and Sonic. My training has been crap, they have no idea who I am, have never even really talked to me, but make judgements about me and just cast me aside. They say they have an open door policy and are always happy to talk to you but whenever I try, they tell me they are busy. Even when they have admitted that they have dropped the ball in my training, they only make false promises to fix it, but there is never any follow through. I'll continue working there for now, but I am actively seeking employment elsewhere because I can't handle their crap. They are the horrible company everyone says they are to work for, and don't let the few "good" stories fool you.
Nov 21, 2012 1:09AM
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HEALTHCARE COSTS? The U. S. consumes 80% of all the prescription drugs in the world. Does anyone think that may be a problem and contribute greatly to healthcare costs?
Nov 21, 2012 1:04AM
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Interesting that a lot of criticism is leveled by the anarchists/liberals toward Wal Mart, one gripe is tha they move in and destroy local business. There is some truth to that but the same holds true for all chain operations. Sams wholesale club as part of their business, as soundly criticized for the same thing and for their large carbon footprint. No such outcry over Costco, a large Demo supporter , the CEO spoke at the Dems convention.

Get real people.

Nov 19, 2012 1:33AM
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Nov 18, 2012 5:58PM
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stop with the big unions crap! they are now completely corrupt! obama stimulus payoff all the money went to big unions and jobs went to other countries! fact! big unions pumps money into policiticans and business that they payoff and other than big govt and teachers contractors they do nothing for the regular person! it's not funny that Wisconsin is doing much better throwing their butts out of the state! when will you stupid demo liberals understand your being scammed by them and Obama! every state with demos and big union is broke in debt high taxes and low unemployment! don't take my word look up the facts you dopes! why are more people on the govt assistance? it's now almost 1/2 the country! THAT'S SOCIALISM! IT'S A COMPLETE FAILURE! LOOK AT EUROPE YOU DOPES!

Nov 18, 2012 5:27PM
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I agree with the workers on this one. That blender for $9 isnt that important.
Nov 18, 2012 3:55PM
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IF You All Stick together and DO NOT Divide!!! Management will have to do Something
Nov 18, 2012 3:10PM
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To the person the video is about and all like you...

 

Continued Retaliation

Strike

Don't show up to work

INJUSTICES....

Protest

 

All common words used by people like yourself.  Wonder how many working for Wal-Mart are thankful to have their jobs (unlike you) in these tough, economic times.  Try showing some appreciation and gratitude for what you do have, or try finding another job that will pay you more for the intelligence you think you may (apparently don't) have. 

 

Frankly, I'm surprised you haven't sued someone, anyone, for the words used to define "Black Friday" just because it's an injustice to you.

 

Hmmm, is that next with the mentality you have? 

 

Doubtful if Wal-mart did fire you, it would not be for your so called speaking out, but more like your lack of production at work and of course we all know, dependability.  Remember, you have openly said you "called in" when clearly you were capable of doing your job, but rather didn't feel like it.  How very sad you are Colby and all like you.

 

Nothing is happening to you "internally" other than the fact that you are lazy and expect more for less on your part. 

 

Nov 18, 2012 2:38PM
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With the economy such as it is, it would be ludicrous to walk off a job, keeping your job is

paramount.  The Union only pays minimal amounts while on strike and if you are behind it

on payments it may be months before you get any benifies.  People also need to read their health

insurance information.  There is a deductiable that the employee has to meet, also your employer

pays for the large portion of your health insurance, it is almost impossible for an individual to afford

health insurance.  The high  cost of health insurance is our fault, we got to hospital if we have a sniffle

or a cough.  Then you get mad if the doctor gives you stuff you could get a the local pharmacy.  People

really need to educate themselves about medical condition and quit being so sensitive to every little bit of information on TV.  Hypochondriac's.  You don't need a raise you need to live within your means.  You have a beer budget and want champagne, if you want better get an education and then try working at the top, Can you really handle the extra RESPONSIBILITY and not complain.

Nov 18, 2012 12:56PM
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Great go on strike and soon you can join your union buddies from hostess at the free kitchen!!
Nov 18, 2012 12:04PM
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Fire Colbt Harris now and anyone else who walks out on Black Friday. Colby lies, big union is behind this. Terminate anyone who does not show up on Black Friday an give the jobs to someone who will appreciate it. Walmart owns this business not the likes of  Colby Harris and they have the right to run their country. Wake up you morons appreciated the job.

Nov 18, 2012 12:00PM
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GOOD FOR THE EMPLOYEES !!!!!!  THIS IS LONG OVEDUE .

Nov 18, 2012 11:41AM
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@ stric.....

 

My response to you would be exactly the same as yours to me. 

Nov 18, 2012 11:25AM
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Go ahead and walk out idiots Im sure there are plenty of people that will take your job.
Nov 18, 2012 11:12AM
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I was a CSM for years at WM on the graveyard shift and let me tell you it was brutal-management that was even there was terrible as far as people skills-they DID NOT CARE about the "night shift" at all!!  It was our job as the cashiers to help stock the shelves and replace products left over by the day shift on a nightly basis-THIS WAS THE MOST DEMANDING JOB I EVER WORKED!!!   I was the type to "speak my mind" and there were times when i did it wasn't always pleasant for me afterwards-I can say this "my girls" as  called them could always come to me for help-plus i always had there respect!!  Soooo-in turn i;m saying all this about how WM treats the workers is true-you are not appreciated at all-and if you have an opinion you better watch out!!!
Nov 18, 2012 10:13AM
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F@#K walfart!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11
Nov 18, 2012 9:05AM
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I think better healthcare is in line.. but to go from under 10. to 13?.. a bit extreme !  Its true, many people would be thankful for the less than 10./hr job.  I dont work at walmart, but I only make 10.98.  I don't have healthcare.. I have a plan that is 3000. deductible... by the time I meet my necessities, there isnt 3000. to go to the dr. or dentist.  Yet,  I have friends that make twice what I do and they are worse off than I am, of course their hair is done (I cut mine), their nails are done at the salon, I do mine...  Its all about choices.  I'd suggest they'd ask for 1./hr raise immediately, and maybe 5% raises for 5 years if they meet or exceed job expectations !
Nov 18, 2012 5:42AM
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The Unions are responsible for us having 8hr work days, jobsite safety, equality, and higher pay. Thank your local union. Sounds like a lot of people want to go back to the horse and carriage days. By the way I'm a union member, and Democrat. That being said, I hope we the Red and the Blue come together soon and make sound solutions to our faltering country. Fiscal cliff talk is taking over CNBC and I can't seem to make a good trade with that being spoken about all the time.

 

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