Meh. I'm generally in favor of worker solidarity and all that jazz. Great way to raise wages and improve working conditions. But lets be honest here: taking a retail job and getting pissed about working black friday is, um, ****ing dumb. Sorry.
Wal-Mart to end health insurance coverage for some part-time workers - The Washington PostAll Wal-Mart employees who work less than 30 hours a week will no longer be eligible for coverage, a policy change that will affect 2 percent of the company’s 1.3 million U.S. workers and about 5 percent of its part-time workforce.
“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists to adapt the world to himself.
Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.” ― George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman
2. Paying a full-time worker a wage that does not cover the basics of food, shelter and transportation is immoral exploitation and should not be considered acceptable. For a highly profitable company to keep a large portion of their employees in part-time status just to dodge providing benefits is also wrong. The quest for profits needs to be balanced with human decency. If the owners have no sense of decency, then the workers and public, especially customers, should organize and make the owner's excessive greed unprofitable. That is democracy in action.
3. Opinion #2 is not directly related to this particular labor action.
That's what these demonstrations are about. Walmart is consistently ranked as one of the worst companies to work for. Not only do they have no issue with labor abuses in other countries, they also seem to have freedom to do as they wish in the US. Those who defend them say 'well, nobody is forced to work for them'. However, we know that's not really a solution anymore than me telling the average moronic libertarian teenager 'if you don't like it, leave the country'. It's a way for the discussion to be silenced. However, it only works if all the other individual has to offer to the discussion is complaining. As it stands, the supposedly anti-Walmart crowd is offering solutions to the problem. These solutions include better treatment/payment of workers as well as an acknowledgement that the people working for Walmart aren't tools which can be discarded. These solutions apparently aren't good enough for you.
So with that said, what is your solution for these people who are being forced to work overtime/holiday (for no extra pay), restricted from social mobility and generally treated as indentured servants? Are they supposed to swallow it because they agreed to work for Walmart? They didn't agree to be mistreated by management. They didn't agree to be restricted from social mobility. The people in these communities didn't agree to be fired for the suggestion that workers have rights which can be defended by unions. I'll wait for your answer.
I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality. - MLK