Black Friday In The United States Of Walmart

The Walton family is incredibly rich. That’s fine; they should have the fruits of their labor. But what fruits belong to the dedicated people who make their company work year after year without ever getting ahead? Why should the public coffers cover the social expense of their needs?

“They pay low wages, then the taxpayers pick up the tab for food stamps and Medicaid,” Ferreira said. “They need to take care of their people. They need to be responsible to their workers.”

[...] “They’re so scared,” Ferreira said of her co-workers. “I couldn’t get anybody to join. They said, ‘You can’t fight Walmart.’”

Yes, Walmart has failed its “corporate responsibility” to its workers as well as to the society in which it exists. That responsibility was a core principle of how America’s founders treated corporations. And those employees can fight Walmart because every American has the right to petition as well as free assembly, and you don’t sign away those rights by applying for a job. Quite simply, Walmart is being un-American when they pull this shit:

Today, OUR Walmart filed the latest of dozens of National Labor Relations Board charges against Walmart. The charge, announced this evening, alleges that Walmart’s national headquarters has “told store-level management to threaten workers with termination, discipline, and/or a lawsuit if they strike or engage in other concerted job actions on Black Friday” and that managers in cities including San Leandro, California, Fairfield, Connecticut, and Dallas have done exactly that. It also alleges that Walmart Vice President of Communications David Tovar “threatened employees” with his statements. OUR Walmart says it is seeking “immediate intervention” to remedy the alleged crimes. In an e-mailed statement, American Rights at Work Research Director Erin Johansson said, “Walmart appears to be issuing serious threats to employees to stop them from exercising their rights under law.”

Apparently, upper management believes they can flout the Constitution and the laws of the United States and get away with it. I hope they fail.

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