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    Walmart Workers Launch Black Friday Strike

    WASHINGTON -- Kicking off the third consecutive year of protests, Walmart workers in six states have formally submitted strike notices to their bosses ahead of the Black Friday shopping frenzy, calling for higher wages and better hours, according to OUR Walmart, the group representing the workers.OUR Walmart did not provide an estimate on how many workers planned to take part in the strikes this year. It did, however, say that workers in Wisconsin, Louisiana, Florida, California, Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C., have already delivered notices, and it anticipates workers in Illinois, Minnesota, Texas and Pennsylvania will do so as well.
    Charles Brown, an OUR Walmart member who unloads trucks at a Walmart in Newport News, Virginia, said he plans to miss three shifts this week to take part in the demonstrations. Brown said he joined the group in September to demand a greater say in scheduling as well as "more respect" from management.
    "Some [other workers] may want to do a strike as well but are hesitant," said Brown, 27. "They need to know they don't have anything to be afraid of. If we don't stand up, no one else is going to stand up for us."


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    Re: Walmart Workers Launch Black Friday Strike

    Quote Originally Posted by TheDemSocialist View Post
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    I ask because I truly do not know... If he doesn't show up for his shifts.. Can he be fired? It makes sense that he should/could be fired, but who knows anymore.

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    Re: Walmart Workers Launch Black Friday Strike

    Quote Originally Posted by TheDemSocialist View Post
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    I have to laugh at this only because how DARE the stores give the customers what they want.

    You do realize that if people STOPPPED shopping on those days, the store wouldn't stay open right?

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    Re: Walmart Workers Launch Black Friday Strike

    Quote Originally Posted by buck View Post
    I ask because I truly do not know... If he doesn't show up for his shifts.. Can he be fired? It makes sense that he should/could be fired, but who knows anymore.
    I believe in right to work states, he could be fired. I noticed Arizona was not included, and it is a right to work state.
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    Re: Walmart Workers Launch Black Friday Strike

    Quote Originally Posted by buck View Post
    I ask because I truly do not know... If he doesn't show up for his shifts.. Can he be fired? It makes sense that he should/could be fired, but who knows anymore.
    yes he can be fired in any state

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    Re: Walmart Workers Launch Black Friday Strike

    Quote Originally Posted by TheDemSocialist View Post
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    It's time for them to leave the retail industry and work in one that doesn't make a large percentage of its annual revenue on Black Friday.
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    Re: Walmart Workers Launch Black Friday Strike

    Quote Originally Posted by TBone View Post
    I believe in right to work states, he could be fired. I noticed Arizona was not included, and it is a right to work state.
    since he's not a member of a legal union and there's no collective bargaining agreement, they can fire him for any reason at any time, basically.

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    Re: Walmart Workers Launch Black Friday Strike

    Quote Originally Posted by TheNextEra View Post
    I have to laugh at this only because how DARE the stores give the customers what they want.

    You do realize that if people STOPPPED shopping on those days, the store wouldn't stay open right?
    do the workers not have the right to say they want to stay at home as well? how DARE they decide they want to stay at home with their families?

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    Re: Walmart Workers Launch Black Friday Strike

    Quote Originally Posted by bg85 View Post
    do the workers not have the right to say they want to stay at home as well? how DARE they decide they want to stay at home with their families?
    Sorry, did the workers get "assigned" to Walmart through some criminal rehab program or did they apply and agree to work retail store hours?

    If someone was hired with the GUARANTEE that they wouldn't work holidays, you might have a point. But I am fairly confident that this sort of arrangement was not done in the interview.

    Are you showing the same concern for the fire department, police department, and other people that HAVE to work holidays or are you ONLY interested in RETAIL?

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    Re: Walmart Workers Launch Black Friday Strike

    Quote Originally Posted by TheNextEra View Post
    Sorry, did the workers get "assigned" to Walmart through some criminal rehab program or did they apply and agree to work retail store hours?

    Are you showing the same concern for the fire department, police department, and other people that HAVE to work holidays or are you ONLY interested in RETAIL?
    no, they were not assigned to work there. walmart has every right to fire employees who don't show up for scheduled shifts. you sarcastically asked "how DARE walmart give the customers what they want?" as though the workers are wrong for simply expressing the desire to stay home on thanksgiving. my post was was intended to show you why that attitude is absurd by asking a similar sarcastic question about the workers.

    i'm interested in retail right now because that's what the thread is about. there are different rules for emergency workers as far as striking and collective bargaining goes.

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