Hackers Leak Walmart’s Guide on How to Silence Workers

Posted by on Jan 16, 2014 in Walmart Watch Blog | 234 Comments
Hackers Leak Walmart’s Guide on How to Silence Workers

Yesterday, Occupy Wall Street (read the guide in full here) published a number of Walmart’s internal training materials on how to discourage workers from coming together for action. The documents, demanding loyalty and that all signs of worker dissatisfaction be reported immediately, “would sound right at home in a training manual for prison guards, or as text from Brave New World,” in the words of Gawker’s Hamilton Nolan.

The eerily Big Brother-esque documents have drawn comparisons to the TSA and Homeland security. As MSNBC wrote:

“If you see something, say something” is no longer just a motto for the Department of Homeland Security. It’s also how Walmart plans to snuff out labor organizing drives before they happen, according to internal company documents leaked on Tuesday.

The leaked documents not only reveal Walmart’s internal attitude and fear of its workers speaking out, but come at a particularly interesting moment, as the company has found itself at the center of multiple legal battles over its workers’ rights abuses.

Yesterday, the National Labor Relations Board issued the largest-ever complaint against Walmart for its illegal terminations and disciplinary actions taken against store workers who stood up on Black Friday and others that went on strike last summer. And just last Sunday, a federal court in Los Angeles ruled that Walmart will have to face trial to determine if it is liable as a “joint-employer” for the abuses experienced by the contracted warehouse workers who move its goods. According to Warehouse Workers United:

“Their lawsuit alleges that the workers who load and unload Walmart’s truck containers, many of whom have worked at these warehouses for years, were routinely forced to work off the clock, denied legally required overtime pay, and retaliated against when they tried to assert their legal rights, or even asked how their paychecks had been calculated.”

As Doug McMillon prepares to step into his role as CEO in February, it is clear that the company he has inherited is in desperate need of reform.

“Walmart’s aggressive anti-worker campaign is real, it is ugly, and unnecessary,” said Dominic Ware, an employee included in the NLRB complaint. He continued:

“Instead of spending money on these misleading and false campaigns to intimidate workers, Walmart should be focused on publicly committing to improving jobs, raising wages and making sure that workers are able to raise their concerns without fear of illegal retaliation. With a new CEO taking over in a few weeks, I hope that Walmart will take a new direction in listening to Associates and the country in the growing calls to improve jobs and publicly commit to ending illegal retaliation and suppressing workers’ rights.”

234 Comments

  1. Darel Lee
    January 17, 2014

    Walmart is anti-American working class. Greed has encompassed the corporation.

    Reply
    • The42ndDoctor
      January 17, 2014

      As a walmart associate, I approve this message lol

      Reply
      • Dawn Littman
        January 30, 2014

        As a former I do too lol hey check out forrespect.org or organization united for respect on Facebook :)

      • FUCKOBAMA
        March 10, 2014

        WHAT DID U DO TO THE 41st DOCTOR

      • JammieDodger
        March 11, 2014

        He was the 42nd Doctor. He just regenerated in order to keep Walmart from retaliating against his former self.

    • realistic
      March 10, 2014

      Wal-Mart sucks for the working class. All those affordable prices really piss me off.

      Reply
      • Joe mont
        March 10, 2014

        Walmart is a fortune 500 company, you really think they cant afford to pay their workers?

      • chris graber
        March 10, 2014

        the point sails right over your head.

        Do you, out of your own generosity, pay your doctor twice? Does your employer pay you more, because heck- they make money why not. . .

        it isn’t wal-marts fault these associates do not have a ability that earn them higher jobs. If you work at a level of a high school dropout, you get paid a dropout salary. its on YOU

      • No hard line
        March 10, 2014

        This is what sociopathy sounds like on the internet

      • heartles
        March 10, 2014

        Do you, out of greed, decide to pay your doctor 80% of what he charges? Because that’s what’s happening here.

      • chris graber
        March 10, 2014

        actually wrong –

        A doctor has a price, and negotiates a lower price with the insurance company. You pay less than the doctor’s normal rate. . .etc. The doctor has the right to walk away, and so does the insurance company.

        A wal-mart employee has the right to walk-away. They are not required by law to take a job at wal-mart or to settlle for a wage that is lower than any wage they can get elsewhere.

      • Keg
        March 10, 2014

        They are required by nature to take a job somewhere. Look Chris, some people are not smart enough to be lawyers, engineers, or doctors. They must take low skilled jobs, these jobs also must be done; or else your garbage would pile up.

        Now, if we do not provide a decent pay and decent working conditions, do you know what happens?

        These people will become desperate, and do you know what happens when desperation sinks in? Crime.

        Also, the Walton make more than a billion dollars a year. I think they can spare a few million to make it slightly easier for their employees.

        Also, this article implies that Walmart was breaking the law. That as nothing to do with your delusions of some future socialist republic you think is coming; this is simply a fact that Walmart was breaking Labor Laws. You cannot defend that.

      • Bumface2
        March 10, 2014

        I agree with the first four.

      • Bumface2
        March 10, 2014

        Little man…

      • geohump
        March 10, 2014

        No chris, the WM employee can’t walk away. They need the job and the corporations have deliberately damaged the employment market in the USA so severely there are no alternatives which pay better.

      • JammieDodger
        March 11, 2014

        Except for the fact that Walmart causes most of the the local businesses to close. You most definitely deserve to be ridiculed, because your points are… ridiculous.

      • dreamweaverdory
        March 11, 2014

        you are sort of wrong about the doctor, my doc charges more for insurance price because of the clerical work involved, medicare gives him a little less, and when I pay directly he tends to not charge me for all the tests that are part of the medical billing code. he is a nice guy.

      • grandeur1
        March 14, 2014

        You are comparing apples to oranges. Also most of the time the hospital takes the doctors pay. Not all of them are highly paid. This is an incorrect assumption.

      • NHMatt
        March 10, 2014

        So this gives them the right to employ illegal tactics and bully the employees that are supposed to have rights?

      • chris graber
        March 10, 2014

        illegal tactics are never okay, though I don’t think anyone has accused wal-mart of such.

        bullying. . well one mans bully is another man “here is the rules, take them or leave them.

      • Mikhail Schipani
        March 14, 2014

        You obviously did not even read the article then!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?

      • Michael W. Herberth
        March 15, 2014

        You obviously don’t read much more than the headlines. Try reading the part wher the article states, quite clearly:”Yesterday, the National Labor Relations Board issued the largest-ever complaint against Walmart for its illegal terminations and disciplinary actions taken against store workers who stood up on Black Friday and others that went on strike last summer. And just last Sunday, a federal court in Los Angeles ruled that Walmart will have to face trial to determine if it is liable as a “joint-employer” for the abuses experienced by the contracted warehouse workers who move its goods.”
        Is THAT enough of an accusation for you?

      • llctaylor
        March 10, 2014

        No what I do expect is for Walmart to take into consideration people who aren’t high school dropouts, who worked several years in retail and management. I was told the only reason I couldn’t move into a Customer Service Manager position was because I didn’t take their little head game test. But they had no problem using me as a backup and abusing the fact that I had the experience and they didn’t want to pay!!. Walmart will drive you into the ground and still expect more!!!

      • chris graber
        March 10, 2014

        if you don’t want to take a test for a job, work someplace else that does not require it. .

        I think tests will be more and more apart of employment . . .especially for higher wage jobs.

      • Carter
        March 10, 2014

        That’s a very misguided point of view. First, the value of the job being performed is not determined by the level of education. That is just you being petty and spiteful. You need to ask yourself why you need to judge others who’s lives you know nothing about. Maybe to feel better about yourself?

        Second, while different jobs contribute to businesses in different ways, and should be compensated differently, this does not mean that American taxpayers should be subsidizing full-time Walmart employees.

        Look at Costco. They have low prices, profits, and happy employees who all earn a decent salary and have benefits. Now, the people who own Costco aren’t among the wealthiest humans on earth, but they have a great business that runs well, is sustainable, and treats workers with decency.

      • chris graber
        March 10, 2014

        1) all jobs are valued by Ability and rarity. If everyone has the ability to do your job, than your not rare, you don’t get paid anything. High school dropout is a person with low ability (at least based on employment metrics). College education, for example, serves to show a employer you have an ability beyond your experience. If you compete with a high schooler for a job (drop out or not) you won’t get paid that much. thats not misguided, its just economics.

        2) The wal-mart wage has been the wal-mart wage for over 20 years, adjusted for inflation. Even today the minimum wage is 50% higher (adjusted for inflation) since it was introduced. 40% of persons at wal-mart in low wage jobs are head of household – the highest percentage in the companies history.

        This is not wal-marts fault for being the lifeboat for the titanic. Maybe you should stop and ask why there are so many people now with very little skills that can get a good job versus 20 years ago?

        3) Costco and Trader Joes (fits the bill) are high profit, premium services. The higher profit for merchandise and higher education/dollar/spending of customers means an expectation of higher service and quality. It is beneficial for costco to pay better, to get better employees.

        Wal-Mart shoppers do not match a costco demographic. They don’t want/care/need/want to pay for the higher quality. I.e. wal-mart and costco are different market corporations servicing different customers. you can’t compare their wages.

      • ThomBurr
        March 10, 2014

        So depressingly correct.

      • JammieDodger
        March 11, 2014

        You write like a highschool dropout… I’m wondering if you are a paid “bottom” for walmart. or you just like to troll for attention.

      • Karen
        March 11, 2014

        I work at Walmart. Half the people I work with have college degrees. Engineers, physicists and other degrees. They are all over 45 years of age and lost their jobs that they worked at for 20 or more years. The only job they found was at Walmart. Employees don’t care about skills if you are over 45, even they want cheaper labor of a 25 year old. We had 3 bad snowstorms and the only employees that came to work were the ones I have just mentioned. Most of these individuals have been capped at their salary for over 5 years. We have all raised our children who went to college and know how hard it is to find a job. My son works for Costco and they employ the same kind of educational background that Walmart does, but their starting pay is the same as a 6 year employee from Walmart and if you add their benefits, it would take someone 12 years to get that pay at Walmart. There are fewer Costco’s, so fewer job openings. Don’t forget that the majority of Walmart workers are at least High School grads and if they are young and with a family on some sort of state aid for their children. Don’t forget there are many College grads who can’t find a job, So education is not the reality anymore, especially if you are over 50!

      • enkelin
        March 13, 2014

        You make a false assumption that all people who work the floor at Walmart are not college graduates. I have known people with masters degrees who were truck drivers and other manual labor. Just because you graduate college does NOT mean there is a job for you or for anyone.

      • grandeur1
        March 14, 2014

        Good on you sir! This is what everyone here needs to read.

      • JAH
        March 10, 2014

        Forget tact.
        Chris you sound like the stupidest mother fucker on the planet.

      • chris graber
        March 10, 2014

        does a Ad hominem attack make you feel better? I mean I may be the stupidest person on the planet . . .

        but that doesn’t change the fact my point is either right or wrong. Even a blind squirrel can find an acorn sometimes.

      • Bumface2
        March 10, 2014

        Arrogant little man…

      • Kelvin Corbett
        March 13, 2014

        Chris Graber
        A society is defined by how it treats it’s weakest members.
        The Corporate USA government encourages huge Government pay outs to the Prison and Military systems.
        The emphasis for 14 years has been on Imprisonment and War.
        Also it encourages The Tax payers to pay for War, Imprisonment and Then Subdidizing Walmart et al by providing their enslaved workers with food stamps. All while avoiding corporate and social taxation.
        Join the dots My friend.
        It is not the workers who are entitled to bonded work

      • JammieDodger
        March 11, 2014

        Maybe not the stupidest, but he’s certainly trying.

      • Bunnies_Revenge
        March 10, 2014

        Except you know, the no jobs in this country thing. ‘Cause older generations decided those jobs belonged in China back in the 80s. I know a college educated person with major in engineering working at Walmart because he has bills to pay and can’t afford to go on and get his masters to get into the engineering field. Sad day in America when you need a master’s or doctorate degree to get jobs that our parents easily got with a bachelors.

        By the way, most of Walmart’s money comes from food stamps. Glad to know that tax payers are paying this 500 company tax money to feed Americans and yet they can’t even offer their employees a livable wage.

      • Thisguyabovemeisafuckingidiot
        March 10, 2014

        You are an idiot.
        That is all.

      • Cramwell Stephan
        March 10, 2014

        “No business which depends for existence on paying less than living wages to its workers has any right to continue in this country.” – FDR

      • Keg
        March 10, 2014

        Collectively, the Waltons own over 50% of the company (Walmart), and are worth a combined total of $150 billion (as of August 2013). In 2010, six members of the Walton family had the same net worth as either the bottom 28% or 41% of American families combined (depending on how it is counted).

        If they cannot spare some of their money sitting in banks doing nothing but collecting interest and driving inflation. Then, I would like to know at what amount is enough money?

      • chris graber
        March 10, 2014

        Why would you pay a worker a higher Salary than the market demands?

        You can’t do it forever…. Why don’t you quit whining about a temporary unrealistic band aid and start asking why these people don’t have the skills to compete globally?

      • JammieDodger
        March 11, 2014

        Why. You sound like the only whiner around here… You must be more than just a paid Walmart bottom. You must be one of their countless illegitimate brats hoping to cash in on something if you play the good idiot bastard son long enough….

      • grandeur1
        March 14, 2014

        Chris, someone has to fill these jobs period and there simply aren’t enough high schoolers or drop outs to take these jobs.

      • Michael W. Herberth
        March 15, 2014

        Agree, and add that it does NOT matter in the context of paying a living wage. Chris is one of those who appears to believe that it’s acceptable to keep unskilled workers unskilled and deny them the opportunity to become skilled. Not that becoming a skilled Wal Mart employee will ever net you a real living wage.

      • Bryce Anderson
        March 14, 2014

        1) Because “paying less” for the labor of a human FRICKIN’ being carries moral implications that paying less for a stapler does not.

        2) Because when companies are required by law to pay their workers “a higher salary than the market demands,” enriched workers are able to afford to buy things, which stimulates the economy.

        3) Because “the Market” is not an all-wise oracle. Really, it’s more like an all-screwing sociopath.

        4) Because Germany is managing to do it. The powerful role of unions in their economy

        5) Because people like you who claim that Americans “don’t have the skills to compete globally” are really saying that American workers need to start accepting Pakistani-level wages in order to become “competitive.” The “skills” you’re talking about are things like “living on five dollars a day” and “being chained to your sweatshop chair.”

        You’re so full of your own Ayn Rand-inspired market triumphalism, you can’t comprehend that you’re complicit in your own exploitation.

      • Michael W. Herberth
        March 15, 2014

        Why should we subsidize Walmart to the tune of 900K to 1.5M PER STORE, to make up the difference between the salaries WM pays and what the market REALLY demands? Those are REAL numbers, documented and proven, unlike your presumptive remarks about market demands and skill sets. What does receiving a living wage in the country you live in have to do with competing “globally”? Not a damn thing, that’s what. BTW, WM has killed several hundred THOUSAND jobs in this country in their dealings with China and other places that pay even LOWER wages than WM does? What does THAT say about your skills theory?

      • Michael W. Herberth
        March 15, 2014

        My only argument with this comment is that it is really NOT the families money. It’s the money the have NOT paid in wages, it’s money they have taken OUT of this country to avoid paying those wages AND taxes and it’s money they have taken OUT of the pocket of every sub-1% tax payer in this country to pay for food and necessities the Walmart workers must get from public assistance programs.

      • Commander Breetai
        March 10, 2014

        Doctors pay for their own insurance, food, housing etc. Wal-Mart takes advantage of the U.S. taxpayer by paying their employees next to nothing and letting the social safety net provided by the taxpayer make up the rest of their income. So your opinion here is mindless. YOU are paying the salary of Wal-Mart employees with your tax dollars. YOU are paying the salary of high school dropouts because the corporations have found that they can get away with it.

      • chris graber
        March 10, 2014

        I’m sure everyone here has taken time to formulate a opionon on the matter. So let’s be civil and not result to name calling (it just serves to say you have no point)

        I don’t buy this argument – because it assumes that wal mart is at fault for so many heads of households taking these jobs.

        Walmart did not start these jobs or market these jobs to people who depend on the jobs as a main salary. For most of wal marts history these jobs were focused on paying a wage for people like high school students.

        The economy changed and people start applying for these jobs as head of households. This isn’t wal marts fault. They shouldn’t pay you more because you need it.

        If wal mart fired every head of household earner and only hired dependents or seconday wage earners- would any of us be better off?

      • Commander Breetai
        March 10, 2014

        High School students???…so who exactly is working at Wal-Mart from 8AM to 5PM when high school students are in school?

      • chris graber
        March 10, 2014

        ? What an off question – surely you can answer it

        No?

        People of similar skill and ability but are not in school-

      • JammieDodger
        March 11, 2014

        Or the midnight shift….

      • JammieDodger
        March 11, 2014

        Concerning your first “point…” As Thomas Jefferson once said….

        “Ridicule is the only weapon which can be used against unintelligible propositions.”

        Your claim that Walmart focused on High School students for their workforce is pure bullshit. They are open 27/7.

        As for your last “point,” We’d be much better off if Walmart simply disappeared.

      • grandeur1
        March 14, 2014

        You have a point but you still aren’t understanding the simple fact that these people aren’t currently being paid a living wage. It doesn’t matter what their socioeconomic status is.

      • Bumface2
        March 10, 2014

        Greedy little man…

      • geohump
        March 10, 2014

        Chris, The median pay at the high end of doctor pay scales is 1.25 MILLION dollars per year.Keep in mind i said “median” exactly the half the high end doctors make more. At the Low end, the median pay scale is $250,000. a quarter of a million per year.

      • geohump
        March 10, 2014

        Chris, If a job needs somebody to do it, then the pay for that job, should, at a minimum, be enough for a person to live on. The minimum wage in America has not kept pace with inflation for over 40 years.

        Right now. for the minimum wage to match what it was in the 1960′s, it would have to be $22 an hour.

        So why didn’t it keep pace? Why didn’t market forces push minimum pay scales up?

        Because its not a level playing field. The potential employees don”t have the same advantages in strategy and negotiations as the corporations have. and so the only way to restore balance is either to unionize the entire nation’s work force, or have the government step in and force a fair pay scale.

      • chris graber
        March 10, 2014

        Wow

        Wow

        Please go look up minimum wage adjusted for inflation. The wage is about 50% or more higher today. It was higher in the 70s but not for most of the minimum wage life.

        It’s absurd to base your argument on falsehoods and lack of information.

      • Dennis Pfeifer
        March 13, 2014

        In 1973 I was getting minimum wage, while still in high school. I had moved out of my parents house but instead of dropping out decided to finish school. Minimum wage was $2.25 an hour. I paid rent for an apartment on the bay in Panama City Florida; $90. I paid 31 cents a gallon gas for my car. Utilities for the apartment were so low you never even thought about then. I even smoked cigarettes, I think that was like 40 cents a pack. Food was very cheap and even healthier back then. I could work today for $16 an hour which is more then double today’s minimum wage and not be able to live as well as I did in 1973. So any report that says that the inflation adjusted minimum wage is higher now than it was then, is propaganda. I can state this from actually living then and now, not because I have been fooled by propaganda.

      • grandeur1
        March 14, 2014

        Dude, you’re the only one commenting who has it all wrong. Inflation has not kept up with wages, this is a fact that has been proven over and over everywhere.

      • Bryce Anderson
        March 14, 2014

        “Wow” as in “I can’t believe the idiocy I have to deal with here?” I know your feel, bro. Because you argue like a booze-addled cobra.

        You’re comparing the minimum wage now to the minimum wage at the beginning of its existence. He’s comparing the current minimum wage to the bulk of the post-war era, before Reagan/Bush/Bush let it atrophy because freemarket.

        My question to you is, why shouldn’t the minimum wage be higher today than it was in the 1930s? An hour of labor produces four times as much as an hour of labor did back then. So by that measure, a $15/hr minimum wage is pretty reasonable.

      • fdfdf
        March 11, 2014

        The issue is worker abuse and breaking labor laws. It has nothing to do with being paid certain wages.

      • Yuffie
        March 11, 2014

        Spoken like someone who is out of touch with reality. This is reality: I work at Walmart. Not only am I not a high school dropout, I’m a college graduate. Most of the people working at my Walmart are either in university or college or already graduated. People who have the qualification for those “higher jobs” are not being hired because those old baby boomers won’t retire and give us a chance. Instead, they sit on their mountains of money and judge us for not having any. It’s not only that, but the baby boomers themselves have destroyed unions to keep wages from increasing with inflation. They create economic bubbles that only the younger generations will pay for, making them even poorer, while they make even MORE money. Then they look at us in rags and wonder why we just don’t “try harder.” Most of us work two jobs and can still barely pay the rent. Most of us went to college and graduated because the baby boomers told us to. Told us to borrow money from them and then hiked up the loan interest rates to the point it will literally be impossible for us to ever pay back our student loans, even if we did manage to land a high-paying job. And then, after all this, people have the nerve to tell us that this whole situation is our fault. Screw you.

      • Bromia
        March 14, 2014

        RIGHT ON. Hang in there. I hope things will look up for our generation.

      • Mikhail Schipani
        March 14, 2014

        I have actually found that in this country it is starting to become like you either have to be in college or have graduated college to get any job sometimes…its not quite there yet but its getting closer and closer

      • Clayton Bromley
        March 12, 2014

        No it is their fault that they pay below industry standards. It is their fault that their employees work full time and still qualify for social assistance and their workers depend on tax payers. It is their fault that they encourage mistreatment of their employees….shall we continue!

      • Bryce Anderson
        March 14, 2014

        Clayton: I disagree. They’re acting within the law (when it comes to wages, at least). It’s the law itself that needs to be changed. The minimum wage needs to be raised.

      • Dale Mulkey
        March 12, 2014

        Wow you really don’t have a clue do you fuck tard

      • Diana M
        March 13, 2014

        You’re an idiot. Your low self-esteem and lack of self-respect shouldn’t be projected onto others. You should instead be working to fix yourself, moron.

      • MG
        March 13, 2014

        I don’t have a problem with the wage paid by walmart, so much so that they will NOT give any employee anywhere close to 40 hours a week, unless you are salaried management. I hear people constantly complain about working too few hours, not so much about rate of pay. working an average of 33 hours per week at say $8.40 an hour doesn’t add up.

      • P Feezee
        March 14, 2014

        shill

      • Brown Bird
        March 14, 2014

        Ill give you that when it comes to fast food industry workers but not walmart warehouse employees you have this mega store that moved in and completly destroyed Americas small buisiness shut down main streets across the country devastaded an entire culture we fought wars for and your gonna blame the employee for there lack of skills and education not the giant parasite that is draining our country both financially and morally encouraging black friday death matches and media silence on events

      • Michael W. Herberth
        March 15, 2014

        The point went right through your head because there was nothing in there to stop it, apparently.

      • Michael W. Herberth
        March 15, 2014

        You are one of two things; 1) a total idiot or 2) an even bigger idiot. CAN’T AFFORD and CHOSE NOT TO are two entirely different things. What is it about $900,000 to $1,500,00 in Food Stamps and assistance, per STORE, per YEAR, that you either cannot or will not understand?

      • Bill Thomas
        March 10, 2014

        Those prices wouldn’t have to be so “affordable” if they weren’t setting a precedent for lowest level poverty wages all over the country.

      • ClintBeastwood
        March 10, 2014

        They should… You know there ARE consequences to those low prices. Walmart may have impressively efficient logistics which help lower cost and thus effect prices but they also pay their employees low wages for the same reason. Since everyone has tunnel vision at the sight of low prices they shop there instead of shopping at small local businesses- which can’t compete. The tragedy is that these small businesses would likely pay better wages- which would get spent back in to the local economy. But instead Walmart sucks up the money like a leech and does not redistribute it locally. Moreover many of the Walmart employees still need living assistance like food stamps and Medicaid- which we all pay for. So in other words you likely play a roll in subsidizing those lower prices directly with your very own tax dollars. The low price comes at the cost of a less vibrant local economy- which would effect your bottom line if you owned a local business. We see low prices and these concerns go out the window, so do ethics and so do our chances of regaining wealth for the bottom 50% of Americans who are seriously struggling. As consumers… where we spend money really matters, it shapes the landscape of the marketplace.

      • Keg
        March 10, 2014

        6 Members of the Walton Family (majority owners of Walmart), are wealthier than the bottom 30% of Americans.

      • chris graber
        March 10, 2014

        Small mom and pops have no history of paying more (never found evidence) or having advancement to higher salaries (versus wal mart). You have a source??

      • Adam B.
        March 12, 2014

        It doesn’t bother you that in every state. Walmart employees receive the majority of government assistance? Do you think a person doesn’t deserve to make ends meet if they work full time? Not live with perks but, basic food, shelter and clothing? Or should a person with these kind of jobs be forced to work several jobs?

      • grandeur1
        March 14, 2014

        You’re really just trolling at this point.

      • OBAMACARE
        March 10, 2014

        YOU KNOW WHAT PISSES ME OFF? AFFORDABLE FOOD! ONLY THE RICH SHOULD EAT!
        ALL BECAUSE OF OBAMACARE #OBAMA

      • Fe02Dream
        March 15, 2014

        Destroying local businesses to save a buck is suicidal. Who cares if you save in the short term if your community dries up and blows away? Many a mid-size town are economic cemeteries now- with empty and abandoned big-box stores looming like headstones over the graves of local businesses which once paid a living wage. When the local wealth is sucked off to China, they leave- and you’ll be shopping online for all the things you could once find locally, if you still have a job.

    • nynetguy
      March 10, 2014

      Actually, Walmart’s express purpose is to give their customers the lowest prices possible. One way to surely avoid inflated costs is suppressing unions.

      Reply
      • constructiv
        March 10, 2014

        Walmart’s express purpose is to make the most amount of profit possible. Winco is able to offer prices equal or lower than Walmart’s — and Winco is employee owned & operated.

      • Steven Feil
        March 10, 2014

        and Winco pays absolutely rock bottom, minimum wage to their employees. Employee owned? Pffft. Big deal.

        Let’s face it. The Fascists have taken over our country.

      • Adam McKinney Souza
        March 10, 2014

        Costco is a better example. They’re a wholesale retail store and they manage to pay their employees decently AND provide healthcare benefits.

      • nynetguy
        March 10, 2014

        And who has larger market share?

      • geohump
        March 10, 2014

        Is market share your definition of success, or ethicallity?

      • Elaine
        March 10, 2014

        Walmarts Market share is shrinking. The stores look like crap lately, not enough employees to keep them organized. Sales are down for many reasons. Thankfully people are waking up, noticing what Walmart does to communities.

      • Bumface2
        March 10, 2014

        That’s right, so just keep treating Walmart’s employees like shit. I’ve always noticed that most people don’t give a damn about others’ working conditions as long as it doesn’t affect them – charming.

      • Bumface2
        March 10, 2014

        So we’re all to blame then, not just the few making millions at the top, at the expense of the poor buggers in “developing (into what?)” countries – great!!!

    • Darrel The "Man"
      March 10, 2014

      Darel Lee? More like Darel PEE …….. NIS

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    • ThomBurr
      March 10, 2014

      Down vote.

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    • chris graber
      March 10, 2014

      Yeah , right – it’s Walmarts fault you cant drop out of high school and get a decent paying job and support a family

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      • Bryce Anderson
        March 14, 2014

        1) You have no evidence that most WalMart workers are high school dropouts.

        2) What programs are in place for moving high school dropouts back into the mainstream of society? Job training? Education stipends? It’s pretty scarce. How much misery should society inflict upon a person because they made “the wrong decision” when they were sixteen?

        3) In the 1960s, we had a less educated workforce, and a high school graduate could support a family on a single income. Those were good, fair times. If “the market” has moved on to something more stingy and brutal, maybe “the market” needs a swift kick in the proles, not blind acceptance of its judgments.

  2. dan a
    January 17, 2014

    Sam is rolling over in his grave.

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    • Diane Frank
      January 17, 2014

      If there’s reincarnation, who’s to say the next rebel leader for the workers isn’t good ole’ Sam Walton himself…reincarnated! Happy thought…

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      • Franklin Bacon
        January 18, 2014

        Isn’t that the guy who founded the company and drove thousands of small-town Mom&Pops out of business? I doubt he cared about workers any more than he cared about mom or pop.

      • Derp
        January 18, 2014

        He treated his employees decently enough though, but his kids are truly horrid people in comparison.

      • Charles Vincent
        January 19, 2014

        Same could be said about John D. Rockefeller and his progeny. Yet he is the subject of many horrid attack by ignorant people.

      • Ron Lehman
        January 19, 2014

        You got it Franklin! He’s the dude who didn’t give a pickle about what workers or anyone else thinks. Apparently WalMart has more money than either the U.S. gov’t or General Motors and they don’t care a hoot if you like it or not, they are like a Tsunami rolling along in the ocean at 500mph and will destroy anything in their way. What’s one little Spic worker to them? 0 that’s what.

      • Rebecca Kleitz
        January 19, 2014

        You know nothing about Sam Walton.
        He was nothing like his “offspring”, at all.

      • Rebecca Kleitz
        January 20, 2014

        You have no idea what Sam “gave a pickle” about. He was dead long before you were born, probably.
        Walmart was a completely different store while he was alive.
        He loved his workers, as he looked at it like THEY were the ones making his store great.
        Now, his kids have crapped all over his legacy, and you want to blame him.
        Read a friggin’ book.

      • Rebecca Kleitz
        January 19, 2014

        No, that was not Sam Walton’s goal. That became the goal of his greedy disgusting children.
        When Sam was alive, everything, or nearly everything he sold in his stores was made in America.
        You really should learn about a person before you disparage them on a public forum.

      • Joe
        January 20, 2014

        Sam’s motto was to sell products at the lowest price. Flash forward 30 years and this is what you get when you keep a small business mentallity and become the largest retailer in the U.S. He didnt intentionally put mom & pop operations out of business but when you want to sell at the lowest price and be the largest retailer someone else is going to pay for your success.

      • living in america
        January 20, 2014

        “He didn’t intentionally put small business out”….HELLO, that is exactly what he had planned.

      • LadyScot
        February 13, 2014

        Actually, the ones who made WM the giant it is today did that. YOU, the ones who shop there. How does it feel to know you drove mom and pop to the welfare line?

      • living in america
        January 20, 2014

        not true. Sam had no loyalty to American made goods

      • Rebecca Kleitz
        January 20, 2014

        Bullshit–I know–I am old enough to remember when the first Walmart store opened as competition for Kmart, Roses, and Kings.
        I remember shopping in Walmart, when Sam was still alive, and SEEING with my own two eyes that nearly EVERYTHING in that store was American made.
        Please grow up and stop being stupid.

      • Robert Laurel
        January 22, 2014

        It was easy to sell stuff that was made in the USA back then as a lot of things still were. Try and find things that are made in the USA. You can thank Bill Clinton and NAFTA for that.

      • LadyScot
        February 13, 2014

        No, you can thank the American people for being cheap.

      • Robert Laurel
        February 17, 2014

        In the mind of a lib, yes you can thank the American people for being cheap. In the mind of some one that looks at past in facts. Nafta which was put into law by Bill Clinton opened the door for more free trade between Mexico and Canada. But I don’t think you are interested in facts.

      • Toasty
        March 10, 2014

        This makes no sense, NAFTA opened up free trade with Mexico and Canada. Most of Walmart’s goods come from China or other Asian countries. Nothing at all to do with NAFTA.

      • Deborah
        March 10, 2014

        While the NAFTA was signed by Clinton, it was negotiated under George H.W. Bush. When it comes to policies that promote big business, both parties are best.

      • Jeanne B
        March 10, 2014

        Lets make this clear for you. Your butt buddy Bush and crew started and radified the agreement. Clinton signed it into law shortly after elected as agreed . Facts but your not interested in them.

      • Keg
        March 10, 2014

        Clinton and his crew are who opened the door for China to join the WTO. W. Bush signed the law though.

        The problem is not left vs. right. It is Elite vs. the Rest of US.

      • Keg
        March 10, 2014

        Yeah, hate to break it to you. But what really opened the door was when China joined the WTO.

        Which, most of the leg work was done by Clinton to get China in, but the bill allowing them into the WTO was signed by George W. Bush.

        Quit acting like it is right vs. left. The real situation is Super-Rich vs. the Rest of US.

        You are falling for their divide and conquer BS when you fall into the game of, well it was Clinton’s fault, Bush’s, Obama’s. News-Flash: IT IS ALL OF THEM!

      • Dr Don
        March 11, 2014

        Nafta was written by Ron Reagan. It was signed into law 2 weeks after Clinton took office. He signed it to keep the Republican controlled Congress bipartisan. Meaning if he worked with the Republican party they would work with the democrats. Sorry Mr right wing conservative. Stop listening to fox news lies and get your facts right.

      • dreamweaverdory
        March 10, 2014

        Actually Walmart was cause of the start of more honest labels about where something was made, as they were promoting made in America the stuff they sold was made somewhere else and had a sticker put on that said ‘made in USA’ and that promotion only lasted a few years, then it became selling somethings cheaper to draw the people in and getting them to buy other things at average price. Walmart over the years has used every trick in the book to keep workers down, low wage, part time jobs, firings of workers to keep others in line, union busting, contract workers, etc. At no time was everything made in America, or at least not the last 40 years.

      • Keg
        March 10, 2014

        I like how you put a qualifier right before that BIG BOLD WORD. The qualifier in this case, negates your bold word.

        By saying nearly everything, you should have just said Most of his stuff. You are a Walmart apologist, its okay; just quit lying.

      • Rebecca Kleitz
        March 18, 2014

        Dumba$$, I don’t even shop at Walmart. Haven’t for years…because it is NOT the same store it was years ago before Sam Walton’s death.
        You’re just an ass with an ax to grind.
        Take it someplace else, loser.

      • LadyScot
        February 13, 2014

        You have it wrong. He built a company and treated his employees as if he really gave a damn about them. And he did. The ones who drove thousands of mom and pop stores out of business were YOU and your families, who chose to shop at WM instead of the mom and pops. Congratulations. You killed thousands of businesses with your greed and made WM a force to be reckoned with..

    • John
      January 17, 2014

      At about 8,000 RPM….

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    • Chief
      January 22, 2014

      Walmart has gone downhill since Sam Walton passed away. Associates have to wait 3 months for a discount card, there isnt a 3 month raise anymore, no cash advances or meritorious raises like before. They have cut back on full time positions and increased part time and temp. positions. Dec. 28, 2013, Walmart HQ sent a directive to fired ALL temps, but they still hired new associates the following week after the firings.

      Since Walmart doesnt do merit raises anymore, everytime you “Represent Yourself,” you get denied a raise and are at risk for retaliation. Walmart doesnt pay fair wages for the amount of work or for the type of work you do.

      If you wanna piss off Walmart, post to Walmart’s Facebook page and trash them. I have done it before and people joined in on it.

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    • Robert Laurel
      January 22, 2014

      Sam is not rolling over, he was just as bad. Sam was sued by us gov for not paying fair wages I think the date was sometime in the 70′s

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    • Tom P Noonan
      January 23, 2014

      it is time for Walmart join the Union for all Walmart Workers and for all Sam’s Club Worker by make Walmart give all Walmart Workers and all Sam’s Club Workers a Living Wage With Affordable Healthcare right of away and right now please without close down all the Walmart Store and without close down all the Sam’s Wholesale Club.

      Thank You Very Much
      From Tom P Noonan

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  3. Sam Ramos
    January 17, 2014

    These documents are very true! I worked for Wal-Mart for over 19yrs their claim is that they are not anti union but pro associate. When ever stores felt there a threat of a union they would have meetings for all workers and preach how we didn’t anyone to fight our battles we can get results with store manager not a union rep.

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    • julieann72
      January 17, 2014

      I have no doubt that many employees, regardless of their educational level, are quite sure of what is “wrong” with Walmart at all levels. Only those who live in “fear” of Walmart need the extra shoulder to lean on. Walmart preys on those weak employees. Often times they will use any one, two or handful of employees to get their poignant messages across to the other workers who dare to defy “The Walmart Way”.

      The rest of America must also stand up to Walmart. I choose not to shop Walmart stores but I am always willing to help out a Walmart employee to find another job with a better employer.

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      • Michael King
        January 17, 2014

        My mom is a co-manager at wal-mart and the store manager verbally abuses her and makes threats. She is trapped because my dad is on disability and they need insurance. She has gotten to the point where she can’t tell my dad about anything because she is afraid my dad will call up the manager and get my mom fired. it is crazy how many hours they make her work…..and she barely had time to eat.He is taking advantage of my parents situation because he knows my mom can’t afford to quit. We stopped shopping there a long time ago. Hopefully she can find a job elsewhere.

      • Dawn Littman
        January 30, 2014

        That’s awful!! She is not alone though there are so many others suffering like her. Please friend me on Facebook and I can give you ideas for her :)

      • Making Change @ WMT
        January 30, 2014

        Hi Michael,

        So sorry to hear about your mom’s situation. Dawn is with OUR Walmart and a great person to connect with to talk about the situation. You can find her on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/DawnforRespect?fref=ts

      • SargentRock
        March 10, 2014

        It’s amazing to me with all the claims of abuse over the years that no one has started a viral video campaign to document complaints. In this day and age that’s the most effective way to get a message across and get people to pay attention for more than five seconds.

  4. Q2K
    January 17, 2014

    I support and encourage stealing from Wal-Mart. Every member of the 99% should consider it their civic duty. They may catch a few of us but they can’t get all of us.

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    • Bailey
      January 17, 2014

      I NEVER SHOP AT WALMART

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      • Paul Bodnick
        January 19, 2014

        Target?

    • Beaugrand_RTMC
      January 17, 2014

      I don’t encourage stealing. I do encourage filling a shopping cart with frozen food and produce, and abandoning it in the store far from the grocery area.

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      • Amy Cornelius
        January 18, 2014

        That’s kinda dumb because it won’t hurt wal-mart it only makes the employees have that much more work to do.

      • Beaugrand_RTMC
        January 18, 2014

        They can’t sell frozen goods that have thawed.

      • Aric Dilbeck
        January 19, 2014

        The only Problem is they find a way to punish the employees for losses (Awww, we didn’t make our quota this month, no bonuses!) so it more directly hurts the workers than it does the Company.

      • Paul Bodnick
        January 19, 2014

        And piss off customers who might shop elsewhere because there is poor servce
        .

      • J
        January 19, 2014

        Why would that accomplished dipshit? You realize the underpaid over worked associate will have to deal with your stupidity!

      • Paul Bodnick
        January 19, 2014

        One of the400 cameras will catch you.

      • workin stiff
        January 19, 2014

        The problem with doing that is the vendor gets stuck crediting Walmart for the product. The loser then isn’t Walmart, it’s the vendor. When I delivered bread for Wonder (that’s another story) I would find open loaves of bread along with empty packages of lunch meat stuffed behind loaves of bread. I’m sure it happens in the other aisles of the grocery store, too. But like I said the vendor then is required to deduct, or credit, the cost of the product from their bill. And it always amazed me how many empty packages made their way from the employees breakroom…

      • Diane U
        January 21, 2014

        Not everything is credited by a vendor. Frozen food and meat are thrown in the dumpster. It is a loss.

      • realistic
        March 10, 2014

        Good idea, that way our grocery prices go up. I’m sick of all the low prices they offer.

    • Na_na99
      January 18, 2014

      I support and encourage finding other shops (and local vendors) instead.

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  5. Rnactivist
    January 17, 2014

    Remember fellow taxpayers, since Walmart does not pay a living wage YOU get to subsidize their workers with food stamps, heating assisatance etc. while they make trillions and laugh all the way to the bank!

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    • Paul Bodnick
      January 19, 2014

      Exactly

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  6. tree worm
    January 17, 2014

    walmart will close a store before they let them be union they took the meat depts out of the ones in louisiana and texas when they wanted to join and started getting meat in pre cut and pake which is twice as high for select meat than choice

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  7. Dan
    January 18, 2014

    I haven’t set foot in a Walmart in years. I avoid evil when I can. Any company that pays their employees so little that these employees are eligible for public assistance should be required to pay the government the entire sum of all their employees’ food stamps and welfare checks, so that people like me don’t have to support them.

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    • Carla Renee
      January 18, 2014

      Love this comment!

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    • floridanativee
      January 25, 2014

      Walmart pays the average for retail in the area. If people want more money, they should complete their education, not have children until they can afford them, work hard and work smart. Thinking you can depend on others for your success is very stupid. Those saying you should are doing you a great disservice.

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      • Dan
        January 27, 2014

        Making generalizations about a class of people (like those who work at Wal Mart) shows prejudice and bigotry. Claiming that everyone who works for minimum wage is an under-educated baby-maker who gets what they deserve is either ignorant of American reality, or purposefully done as propaganda in order to benefit the 1%.

        There can be NO justification for my tax dollars (through public assistance) supporting employees of corporation that reports billions and billions in profits, usually while reaping huge tax breaks themselves (some pay NO taxes at all!).

      • floridanativee
        January 27, 2014

        Wal-Mart does not have any minimum wage workers. The market sets the wages of employees. McDonalds in the oil fields of ND pays $16/hour with a $2,000 sign on bonus,.People make choices in life, The suffer the affects of those choices. If you don’t want to live in poverty, you can reduce your chances to under 2% by doing a few simple things. Complete your education, do not have children until you do and not in your teens, Have a good work ethic and attitude. Those folks who are working at or near minimum wage have in all likelihood violated one or more of these tenants and are suffering the affects of it.. What is really sad is that people are lying to them and telling them that if they give the union some money, then their shortcuts will all be erased. Life doesn’t work that way.

      • Dan
        January 27, 2014

        That’s not the point. The reality is that Wal Mart, McDonald’s and many other corporations reap huge profits, usually don’t pay their fair share in taxes, have lobbyists who influence the political arena in their favor, and don’t pay most of their workers enough to get those workers off of public assistance. There would be no talk of unions if employees were adequately compensated. It’s not like it would break the billionaires or their corporations to do so, and it would benefit us all.

        As I said earlier… there is NO justification for me to pay Wal Mart’s workers my tax dollars.

      • floridanativee
        January 27, 2014

        Wal-Mart has a very low profit margin. Less than 4% which is about half of the Fortune 500 average. Apple and Google two of the leftist favorite corporations have a profit margin of over 25%. Go be mad at them. Wal-Mart pays exactly what they are required to pay in taxes. They are heavily audited,. They are the number one property tax source in hundreds of cities around America. They pay their workers exactly what they are worth. They have 10 people waiting for each employees job. Their medical plan is far superior to ObamaCare, Nowhere does it say that one high school dropout with neck tattoos should make enough to support a family of four,. The standard in America is two people working in a family. If you can’t support a family on a dropouts wages, then don’t have one.Two workers living together and making the Wal-Mart national average wage can make $50,000 a year. The Wal-Mart workers are not in fact talking about a union. The grocery union has spent tens of ,millions of dollars over the last 20 years trying to get half of the employees in any store to sign cards to have an union election. Zero success. The union bosses talk of the union, not the employees. I do agree that somebody who makes all the wrong decisions in life should not get any of my tax dollars no matter where they work or don’t work at all. 47% of American workers pay no income tax at all. Zero. The top 5% which you hate pay 40% of all worker income taxes.

      • MCameron80
        February 9, 2014

        you are an ignorant person and until you have worked for walmart and go through what the people that work there deal with then you should keep your thought’s to yourself.

      • floridanativee
        February 9, 2014

        Try disputing any of the facts I stated instead of personal attacks like a thug,

      • guest
        February 18, 2014

        Walmart average wage is $25,000? Must be only the full time workers. And since they are not hiring any more full time workers, only part time and temp, I think that is a very misleading figure. And do not imply that the only reason people work at Walmart is because they are high school dropouts. Most of the people at my Walmart have high school diplomas, many have some college and some have degrees. There is no work where I live except for restaurant and retail. I supposed I COULD ditch my entire family and associated responsibilities, move to ND and get a job at this mythical Walmart of yours. So in addition to poverty wages, Walmart is breaking up families? If you plan on continuing to be an apologist for walmart, you better step up your game.

      • floridanativee
        February 18, 2014

        Average national wage for Wal-Mart is $12.85. Do the math. Wal-Mart is in fact hiring full time workers and making part time workers full time. If there is no work where you live (Obama rescission I guess), you should either move or stop complaining. There are many places with lower unemployment. Texas has low unemployment. Nobody guaranteed you employment in your home town where Mommy lives. People have been moving where the jobs are for centuries. Why do you think people came to America? Good enough for them, good enough for you. In ND, I said McDonald’s, not Wal-Mart although they have the same worker base, so I suspect the pay is similar. Supply and demand works everywhere. Wal-Mart is not breaking up families. They don’t even know where you are from. The lousy economy is localized and people have a choice to stay and complain or go elsewhere and take care of their families. Don’t blame others for your lack of ability to provide a living. The good jobs go to those who are prepared to get the skills and work ethics to get them. Look inward for your failure, not to others and you to can be a success and pass it along to your kids.

      • dreamweaverdory
        March 10, 2014

        Average wage does not mean much when you include the high wages of the top earners to jack up the numbers. In Maine the starting wage for Walmart is $8 +- . Most of the jobs are less than 32 hours, making them part time, or temp jobs, so no benefits.For the few who are department.supervisors who only make $14 to $15, $!5.45 is a livable wage in Maine, there are 10 to 20 workers making less than $10 and no benefits. The idea that the workers are not worth paying more is fundamentally wrong, Over the last 40 years worker productivity has gone up and low end wages have flat-lined, effectively driving what they make for their work down.After 100 years of brain washing America into thinking what is ‘good for business is good for America’ it is wrong to blame workers for not being paid a fair wage.

      • floridanativee
        March 10, 2014

        That is the hourly wage of hourly workers. Salaried workers not included. ObamaCare makes it extremely expensive to have a worker make over 30 hours. The company must pay a $2,000 fine or buy a $7,000 healthcare policy. This is hurting millions of American workers, The wages are determined by the market, not the employer. If Wal-Mart is paying $9.50/hour and other s for similar skills are paying. $11.00 per hour, the Wal-Mart will not get good workers and have to increase their wages to compete. This is the way of the world.

      • dreamweaverdory
        March 11, 2014

        Obama care is not in effect yet, and if the number is 30 hours, the workers will get 29 hours. there is no legitimate reason not to pay a livable wage.

      • floridanativee
        March 11, 2014

        If you have looked at ObamaCare and the fines, you would know about the one year “look back” for calculations of fines. Try to keep current. Workers are not going to get a livable wage on 29 hours. Will not happen and the income gap has increased under Obama. If people want better wages, they need to make themselves more valuable to any employer. There are many cheap and free programs out there to allow them to do so. Don’t get gross tattoos and facial jewelry. Work smart and work hard, Being exceptional insure success. Being average insures failure. Workers problem, not the employer, They are crying for great employees.

      • floridanativee
        March 12, 2014

        You are not aware of ObamaCare’s one year “lookback” procedures for calculation of fines. You need to get a little basic knowledge before posting and looking so stupid.

      • dreamweaverdory
        March 12, 2014

        all these predictions, as of now there are no penalties being assessed, and that is the part of it that will probably not go into effect till the rest is worked out. why is walmart not being a good corporate entity and getting these workers health care and giving them full time work. Every time someone defines full time work it changes, it use to be 40 hours, employers started with 37 hours, full time redefined as 37 hours, empoyers go to 32 hours, so if you define full time as 30 hours, employers will do 29, and will not care that that forces workers to work two or more jobs and still not get health care. Being stupid is saying that there are going to be fines in part of a law that is still being worked out and would be irrelevant if Walmart paid a livable wage and gave all of their employees health benefits instead of referring them to medicaid.

      • realistic
        March 10, 2014

        great debating skills MCameron80. You really know your facts.

      • Joe mont
        March 10, 2014

        Yet look at the income inequality since the 50′s, then look at the effective tax rate of corporations. You are simply spouting republican propaganda that in no way mirrors reality, and instead of fighting for workers rights and fair pay you are standing with corporate profits; which you’d see are at an all time high if you did some research.

      • Ellen
        March 10, 2014

        If Wal-Mart has such low profits, then why do the six members of the Walton family (which owns wal-mart) have a combined wealth worth more than the total wealth of the bottom FORTY PERCENT of Americans?

      • henrycap
        March 10, 2014

        You make the mistake of thinking people who are anti-Walmart are pro Apple. Apple is also guilty of underpaying their workers. Most of their workers are not even paid the American minimum wage as they are employed in China. Both Walmart and Apple receive direct subsidies from the taxpayer, in addition the taxpayer has to subsidize many of Walmart’s employees. You need to stop thinking that everything is a left or right issue and start thinking in terms of what is best for America.

      • Joe mont
        March 10, 2014

        It does work like that for the developed world, and America throughout the 50′s before they started abolishing unions. Unions simply give workers a chance to increase the amount of bargaining power they have, a company can easily outlast a single worker who depends on a wage to pay their bills.

      • Neva Umind
        March 10, 2014

        I’m embarrassed you are from Florida. Every single person depends on someone else to get where they are going. You’re as ignorant as Romney saying to “borrow money from your parents to start a business”. I don’t have any parents. What do I do? I earned a college education but can’t find a job. What do I do? I’ve been in my trade for over 15 years and can’t get a job because people want to hire a kid for $12 an hour when 5 years ago I made $45 an hour doing what I do. Any job you get you need to depend on an employer. Any business you start you have to depend on people doing business with you. No man is an island. Oh, and to boot, I never got married, never had kids and I have letters of recommendation about how hard AND smart of a worker I am. But in this economy there is no place for that because I’m over qualified and a company would have to pay me too much.

  8. Skywolf Neal Smith
    January 18, 2014

    Is there a link to the actual documents? I would like to see them.

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    • Making Change @ WMT
      January 30, 2014

      If you click the “Occupy Wall Street” link in the first paragraph, you can see all the documents they posted.

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  9. DesertSun59
    January 18, 2014

    We’re still waiting for a Wall Street executive to be put in prison for their complicity in destroying the US economy. Anyone who expects anyone at WalMart to even be **chastised** in any effective way doesn’t understand how lobbyists work in the US.

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  10. John Berg
    January 18, 2014

    Sam had good intentions, but his spawn all were born without a soul. He should have pulled out early every time.

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  11. Na_na99
    January 18, 2014

    I haven’t shopped at Walmart in YEARS.

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  12. sixfootrabbit
    January 18, 2014

    Trust me. A union is not the answer. You can be pro-employee and not be pro-union. You don’t get something for nothing with a union. Your dues go straight to union bosses. If you get really good pay; you;ll loose money somewhere else. Then prices go up, Walmart eventually downsizes or goes belly-up. Unions were necessary 100 years when people were being locked up in buildings to work, but not now.

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    • Alvaro Nieto
      January 19, 2014

      Trust you? you either work for Walmart, as a troll, or worse, you have no idea what you’re talking about and are trolling for them free of pay!!! doing their dirty work for them.. If unions are so unimportant in today’s economy and society, how come business and corporate interests spend hundreds of millions of dollars annually to try to destroy them? because they’re looking out for the worker’s well being? HA!

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      • Charles Vincent
        January 19, 2014

        Unions are pretty much what he said by the time you pay the dues each month to stay in the union your arent making any more money than is you were non union. Unions over the last couple decades have shifted from Blue collar work to white collar government work you can look it up if you wish but its a sad fact. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news my friend.

        http://www DOT bls DOT gov/news DOT release/union2 DOT nr0 DOT htm

        Please not that Public sector jobs are government jobs.

      • sixfootrabbit
        January 19, 2014

        I worked for one at Continental Tire in Charlotte, NC. You can have your union. Your well being? Yeah, you’re brainwashed. All they want are those union dues, my man.

      • zorba
        March 11, 2014

        That’s because you live in North Carolina. The Unions are a joke there. terrible representation and no political clout. I’m in a union, and for a whopping $40 a month, i get full medical, annuity, pension, savings, good training, representation, safe work environment, and so much more. My “union bosses” only make 20% more annually than i do. Don’t lump all unions into one basket

      • zorba
        March 11, 2014

        But then again i’m not changin tires bubba

      • Alvaro Nieto
        March 21, 2014

        Hey genius, learn to read,my comment was that businesses and corporate interests are spending hundreds of millions of dollars to destroy unions because the business interests don’t give a shit about workers, not because unions look out for workers well being, I was being sarcastic about business and corporate motivation for trying to destroy unions,as in, if you think businesses are thinking of your well being, I’ve got a bridge to sell you, you gullible dolt.

      • floridanativee
        January 26, 2014

        This union has spent tens of millions of dollars trying to unionize Walmart with no success. The unions spend much more money trying to get more union dues,.

    • locohammerhead
      January 20, 2014

      I really have no reply other than you are a fucking moron.

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      • sixfootrabbit
        January 20, 2014

        That’s ok, bubba. People like you are on their way out-note the demise of most unions-I hope.

      • floridanativee
        January 26, 2014

        No wonder you need a union to speak for you. You are incapable of doing it for yourself.

    • floridanativee
      January 25, 2014

      Over the last 20 years, the grocery union has spent tens of millions of dollars trying to unionize Walmart stores and had zero success. Hundreds of union bosses have made a career of this. It is all about the dues money, not the employees welfare.

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  13. izzi
    January 18, 2014

    If the owners of WALMART were not such utterly contemptible scrooges who can not make enough money, they might get more sympathy and figure out the obvious. Our country was strongest intellectually, creatively, militarily, and economically when workers make enough to SPEND some of their income. Give workers a living wage and they will spend more, have more loyalty to WALMART, need less public services, and pay more taxes. WIN – WIN

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    • Nope
      March 10, 2014

      Izzi, I guess that’s one of the problems. Who defines a living wage? Some would say a living wage should be enough for a small house, a fully stocked fridge with proper fresh groceries, a car payment, a flat screen, a computer with internet connection, and complete healthcare. Sure, in some states/areas that might be 35-45k/yr. But in others, that’s 70-120k/yr. So, everyone’s cost of living then goes way up because Walmart and others would have to vastly increase prices to cover that living wage and remain profitable.

      Also… and I know not everyone can… but I’ve moved across the country several times following where the work is, leaving family behind sometimes until I can bring them out. I’ve improved my station in life this way, so I don’t understand the assumption that where you are currently working is the only work ever available to you.

      There are 50 free States in the US. I’ve worked in 5 of them. People, look up, and look around. You don’t have to depend on your current employer or government to solve your problems. You can do this. Many have. If you don’t, you’ll be very disappointed with the solutions government decides to use when fixing your problems. They’ll be nowhere near as good as the decisions and solutions you come up with, in the vast majority of cases.

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  14. Robert Hudson
    January 21, 2014

    Rich people are the scum of the earth.

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    • realistic
      March 10, 2014

      bigoted statement

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  15. LadyScot
    February 13, 2014

    Walmart is not the only employer who has problems with how they treat employees in regard to wages, status, hours, scheduling and so on. Every retailer works nearly the same way. WM gets the flack because they are the biggest. Is it right? Of course not. Can employees fight back? Sure. Are there risks to fighting back? Of course. Every employee must decide what their risk acceptability is, and proceed in that direction. Can WM do better? Of course. And so can every other retailer in the United States. Until one stands up and says enough, no one will. And that is a fact.

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  16. FREAKY JOHN
    February 20, 2014

    EVERY ONE STOP YOUR WHINING. DONT LIKE YOUR JOB, YOU COULD BE A TENNISH SHOE FACTORY WORKER IN CHINA. DONT LIKE WALMART, DONT SHOP THERE, SIMPLE AS THAT. DONT LIKE YOUR SITUATION IN LIFE, EDUCATE YOURSELF OR MOVE.

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    • watergirl
      March 10, 2014

      Right, because it is just THAT easy.

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      • realistic
        March 10, 2014

        yeah, if it’s not easy then count me out.

    • cyan79
      March 10, 2014

      Sure, it works just like that. That’s why those tennis shoe factory employees exist..because they like being slave labor.

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    • Lord_Mithras
      March 10, 2014

      Nah…I think I’ll keep doing what I want to do, instead of what you want, because…well, because you’re a nobody.

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  17. realitic
    March 10, 2014

    do you delete all posts that aren’t in agreement with you?

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  18. ClintBeastwood
    March 10, 2014

    Profit over people. This is the ugly side of capitalism but then again if Americans would pull their heads out of their asses they would vote with their $$’s and forsake companies like Wallmart. When we purchase goods we ultimately shape the landscape of the marketplace.

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  19. Lord_Mithras
    March 10, 2014

    Yup, christians are this stupid, folks.

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  20. Miguel Medina
    March 10, 2014

    Wal-Mart isnt the only place indoctrinating people for their best intrests. Check out the video they had me watch as a former employee. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NVqOxmb34yc .

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  21. chris graber
    March 10, 2014

    I mostly shop at wal-mart, and the above . . just annoys me that they can’t fire who them want for any reason. . .

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  22. THE_FONZ
    March 10, 2014

    Wow, not a single line of this article indicates what the nefarious Walmart manual actually says. Thanks for doing my thinking for me!

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    • likeasaint
      March 10, 2014

      Exactly.

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  23. woodysback
    March 10, 2014

    Hey Dominic Ware, what planet do you come from, expecting WAL-MART to change their policies and pay more? Are you kidding me?Why should they do that when cities and states make up the difference and they sit back and roll in their money. This is the problem with this country today. Corporate greed is so high today that there is no way they are going to start lowering their profits by paying workers more money. Hell, I bet they have meetings all day just trying to figure out bigger and better ways to make bigger profits by stiffing their workers. Wake up and smell the bullshit.

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    • LarryEWells
      March 12, 2014

      The truly sad part is treating people well actually pays better than screwing your employees. Compare Walfart to Costco where employees make over twice as much plus benefits. Costcos profit per employee hour is much higher than walfarts. You pay people well with better benefits and they are much more productive thus earning you more money per hour than shitheads at walfart who treat people like dirt.

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  24. Stan
    March 10, 2014

    reading these comments is like watching that Walmart South Park episode lol

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  25. llctaylor
    March 10, 2014

    I worked for Walmart for a year and a half. It was terrible and left towards the end of my pregnancy when I started having anxiety attacks before going into work. I would never ever recommend them as an employer. The stores base their promotions on who you know and who you blow. Know this for a fact from my old store. Only bonus is they still haven’t terminated me from the system (ha ha! Guess they thought I was coming back from maternity leave), So I still get a discount!!!

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    • SMH1234
      March 10, 2014

      So you’re stealing. Cool.

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  26. Bin Ary
    March 10, 2014

    Wal-Mart never was a “working class” job. That implies you could have a career from working at Wal-Mart. Only if you want to be a manager should you “Stay” there.

    The sooner lazy people realize they should be getting an education and not working at min. wage for a living, the better this country will be.

    I worked at Wal-Mart and went from Floor crew overnight to cashier to meat department to supervisor of back room.
    People hold themselves back, not corporations. I then left Wal-Mart, got an education and am an IT Manager.

    Wal-Mart never held me back. Yes they do talk anti union and I do not blame them. You shouldn’t need a union to tell you how to live and work.

    Ef all of you liberals. You think helping is always the answer. You help, they take advantage and get lazier. Teach them, not hand things to them.

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    • theoddfather
      March 10, 2014

      Ah yes, “lazy people” just needed to get an education. That’s all! Meanwhile you GOP fucks continue to defund public education at every turn. Shut the fuck up.

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    • LarryEWells
      March 12, 2014

      If everyone goes to college and gets that education won’t walmart still need employees? Will the stores then stock themselves? Floors that clean themselves? If Walmart owners are some of the richest in America does that mean I should still have to pay for their employees food and healthcare? Could it possibly be that Walmart pays their employees enough that they don’t qualify for assistance? Would walmart stop their slimy practices if the employees had a union to help them stand up to walmart? I don’t recall these workers asking for a hand out just a living wage. By the way you are an asshole if you think walmart will change without a union because even legal prosecution hasn’t stopped them from cheating the workers.

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    • John Richard Cunliffe
      March 12, 2014

      Wow, you must be either home schooled or dropped out of HS…nobody else could be so stupid.
      IT Manager…Bwahahaha, not in your wildest dreams.

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  27. Communism
    March 10, 2014

    It’s all Obama’s fault, confirmed on Osama’s Stream! Where is your birth certificate now?

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      March 10, 2014

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        March 10, 2014

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  28. HoneyGoat
    March 10, 2014

    Haha american plebeians

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  29. Edward O'Shea
    March 10, 2014

    And hampered by the mindless minions who are willing to save a couple of pennies to “save at Wal-Mart”, knowing that those savings come at the cost of their neighbors who have to endure working there.

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    • John Richard Cunliffe
      March 12, 2014

      In many locations, Walmart is it… I used to live in Wyoming and it was either the local Walmart or drive 160 miles to Casper….guess what…. the local Walmart is it period.

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      • dreamweaverdory
        March 13, 2014

        what did they do before walmart? …..also what stores closed when walmart opened.

  30. April
    March 11, 2014

    Want change. Boycott Wal-Mart!

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  31. Valakin
    March 11, 2014

    I can attest about these practices. Walmart pushes hard to “not work off the clock” and demands that if you do you clock every second you work. The only problem is that the moment you do, you have a supervisor so far up your ass your back teeth can feel his/her breath.

    When it comes to unloading the trucks, I worked for a location which would not only consistently not have a fan(s) in the back room during 100+ degree days but also would refuse to provide water to the workers.

    A really awesome “trick” they do in order to lower performance reviews is using made up metric work load complaints. Corporate will track how many boxes your department received on a truck, thus how much new you have to go through, however there is nothing tracking all of the overstock. Every night they will bring you out the new and the old, demand you pull and prep every palate before you start actually stocking. Then they ride you because their “numbers” show that it should only have taken you 2 hours to do your area. Well, sure, worth of NEWLY arrived products, but the extra few hundred items which have been left over every night isn’t calculated in that AT ALL.

    However, this all FAILS to convey their ANTI-UNION video they show new hires. In my training it was the very SECOND video. The first was a 30 min history of Walmart and the Waltons. The second was a 30 min or so Video attacking Unions, how bad they are, how they rob you, how they do nothing for you, how much money you’d lose out of your paycheck if you were in one, and what to do if you hear people talking about Unionizing. Yeah… how dare employees have representation.

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  32. Fuser
    March 12, 2014

    Short narrative on the effects of Walmart on workers and communities: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EAPFSKqGRSQ

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  33. Teapubliturd Hater
    March 12, 2014

    Walmart = most hated company in America.

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  34. stopbeingbitches
    March 12, 2014

    So if wal mart is so terrible for all of you guys that do work there then organize and everybody quit at the same time. Dont go on strike just quit. Get a manual labor job or something. If all the employees quit they have nobody to run the business. Jobs are out there… better jobs are out there. You might have to get your soft college educated hands dirty but you will make more money as nd get better benefits. Start your own business or something. Nobody is entitled to being rich. Work for it. Quit being whiny little children holding your hands out expecting people to hand everything to you on a silver platter. Get ur fuckin hands dirty. I work almost 80 hours a week… 2 jobs. ..one full time and one part time. G uess what… still broke. You don’t hear me bitching about what my employers pay me. I’m not stupid enough to believe that corporate America is going to hand me more money just because. I know its my own fault that I’m broke. I would never even apply for a job that requires zero skill and expect to make any money. You should be in a looney bin if you honestly expect the world to hand you your living because you can run a fucking cash register. Work somewhere else. Period.

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    • dreamweaverdory
      March 13, 2014

      Guess you have not been stuck in a lousy job other than the ones you are in now. This is not about how dirty your hands get at work it is about a livable wage and workers being treated fairly, which I guess you are not.. If you are working 80 hours and still broke, you should be bitching about what you get paid, maybe you are too stupid to realize how wrong that is, and pointless. No one is asking to be made rich from working at walmart, just a fair livable wage. So stop being your boss’s bitch and tell your bosses to pay you a livable wage and work on getting a life, outside of working yourself to death. You may want to look at your money management problems, for all that work you should have some money to save ;)

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  35. BethRFinch
    March 13, 2014

    I’m so glad I don’t shop at WalMart. I think the first and last time I was in one was about 15 years ago.

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  36. Brown Bird
    March 14, 2014

    Steal from walmart they openly encourage it with there lack of respect for the consumer and there employees 50+ check out lanes maybe 2 registers operating with say 300+ customers at any given time with no other consumer option simply stop consuming by there rules

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  37. Fe02Dream
    March 15, 2014

    Vote with your wallet to change the world. Boycott and bankrupt your enemies- nurture and enrich your allies. No business is neutral with regards to the middle class- some are commensal, while some are parasitic. Businesses like WalMart destructively remove and sequester the wealth of local economies- don’t shop there.

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  38. Michael W. Herberth
    March 15, 2014

    I believe that there is a DNS/flooding attack against the occupywallstreet.org server occuring at this time. The web server(s) respond to a ping but not to access requests. Now WHO would do that??

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  39. Michael W. Herberth
    March 15, 2014

    Is there an alternate web source for these documents? occupywallstreet.org is locked in a 504 error. Gee, you don’t suppose that Walmart doesn’t LIKE having their dirty laundry aired and is attempting a Denial-of-Service or “flooding” attack against ows? The ping times are erratic as hell and that points to flooding. Either that or every other person using the web is trying to access those documents at the same time. If that were the case then http’ing to the root address should work at least part of the time. I think it’s a flooding attack…

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