With today’s news that the showdown between the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union and Hostess will lead to a liquidation of the company, many are anxiously wondering which business might be the next domino to fall. Could it be Walmart?

Probably not. But rumors of a Black Friday strike by employees of the world’s largest retailer are centering around locations in and around Chicago, Miami, Milwaukee and Washington, D.C. Unemployment was a cornerstone of both presidential campaigns, but it seems there are fates worse than having no job, and one of those is working for Walmart.

Walmart is preparing for the possibility. According to Reuters, the retailer has filed an unfair labor practice charge against the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union that would preclude picket lines at stores.

Activities over the past year or longer “have caused disruptions to Walmart’s business, resulted in misinformation being shared publicly about our company, and created an uncomfortable environment and undue stress on Walmart’s customers, including families with children,” Walmart outside counsel Steven Wheeless said in a letter sent on Friday to Deborah Gaydos, assistant general counsel of the UFCW.

The usual suspects are lining up to lend their support, including other national unions, Occupy Wall Street and progressive groups.

https://twitter.com/Mike_hugs/status/269571180820828160

Perhaps it’s the shock of the Hostess liquidation settling in, or simply a matter of timing, as millions find themselves entering yet another holiday season without employment. While some were hoping to snatch up bargains on Black Friday, others think a strike might lead to some job openings.

https://twitter.com/Mike_Behrens/status/269276176814571520

https://twitter.com/M_Holt33/status/268415659686363136

Welcome to the 2012 holiday season.

  • Frederick

    Yeah, I look forward to absolutely nothing happening on Black Friday.

  • http://twitter.com/yahneverknowCB yahneverknow

    /facepalm

    Are they that stupid?

    Hell. I hate Walmart, but I have a lot of retail experience and would be happy to work for them for a few weeks while they try to hire new permanent peeps.

    • http://twitter.com/yahneverknowCB yahneverknow

      On second thought, they’d probably have a store full of new employees as soon as they were able to process the paperwork. I’d give it a day or two.

    • Catchance

      For all of you looking for a job, here’s a website showing which WalMart locations the employees are planning on striking. Look and see if yours is there and go fill out an application. Most of the greater Phoenix area if you live in AZ.
      http://www.corporateactionnetwork.org/campaigns/black-friday/events

      • http://twitter.com/Kennan100 Kenna Neel

        This is the same link that OWS tweeted. It’s a list of EVERY Walmart. There may not be a strike organized at every location, but OWS is fishing for sponsers for every location.

      • irishgirl91

        Yup, every ABQ location list “action” but need a leader. I hope they are not stupid enough to do this. I know from very personal experience that every job here have multiple people applying and they will be replaced immediately.

      • WhiteFalcon1

        Just be careful where you park your car…they will damage it if they think your coming for their jobs…

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5JYDJFJJXQ3KGKY7CPMBW3574M Mammy Obo

        Wow, look at all the fat liberals.

        13 an hour to buy cheesy poofs because they
        believe they are “skilled” labor.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5JYDJFJJXQ3KGKY7CPMBW3574M Mammy Obo

        Wow, look at all the fat liberals.

        13 an hour to buy cheesy poofs because they
        believe they are “skilled” labor.

  • Conservaguy

    I hope they are all fired.

  • TWG2A

    I checked that search link for my zip code. Looks like those beasts planning one here. I’ll be headed over there tomorrow to fill out an application.

    • MyReality Bytes

      Looks like none of the Walmart employees in my area are planning on participating. Nice to know some Walmart employees know having their job is better than having no job at all.

      • TheOriginalDonald

        None in my area too. My guess-They’re probably former Stop and Shop employees AKA FORMER members of the UFCW, and therefore KNOW what’s really going on

    • http://twitter.com/rightwingxtrmom RightWing ExtremeMom

      My area has events posted but they all indicate they still need a leader. This is a right to work state though, the unions don’t have nearly so much influence. Darn. I filed an application earlier this week and was hoping there might be some new openings soon.

      • http://twitter.com/Kennan100 Kenna Neel

        Call the store a couple of times a week, keep your name and app in front of them. When they have an opening they’ll know you really want the job, and your app will be right there. Take whatever they offer, just get your foot in the door.

  • TWG2A

    Check your location here and go fill out an application! http://www.corporateactionnetwork.org/campaigns/black-friday/events

    • http://twitter.com/Kennan100 Kenna Neel

      This is the same link that OWS tweeted. It’s a list of EVERY Walmart. There may not be a strike organized at every location, but OWS is fishing for sponsers for every location. Just go ahead and go apply.

  • Seewetoldu

    Ya, these idiots will lose their jobs to stand with the union. I’m sure they can find replacements easily …very easily!

  • SPCAndyJ

    Own it libs. Too bad you’re taking us all over the fiscal cliff with you – I really would like To bi**h slap you all as we plunge to our destruction while telling you “we told you so”

  • Dan Thorpe

    One of their demands is a pay raise to a minimim of at least $13 an/hour. I almost fell out of my chair from laughing if they think they are getting that.

    • http://www.facebook.com/lisa.dean.564 Lisa Dean

      @facebook-586231267:disqus ~ I choked on my drink after reading that. Hey, maybe they think they can be like the teachers in Chicago.

      • http://twitter.com/yahneverknowCB yahneverknow

        pretty much.

    • https://twitter.com/AlessaRosewater Maria

      $13 an hour? I was only paid $7.25 an hour in 2009 and no one even thought about striking. Okay working for the DoD you can’t strike..but we never threw a fit because at least WE HAD JOBS.

      • Elaine

        These used to be jobs you took while you were working toward something better or toward a career. IF you like it and wanted to stay, there was always opportunity to WORK your up to higher paying positions within Wal-Mart Corp. Now even janitors want to be represented by UNIONS so they can be FULL TIME with all these benefits? Ridiculous. The secret ballot will soon be gone, too, with this Obama win. They have all the players in place. Then we are really done for. THIS IS WHAT DEMOCRACY LOOKS LIKE. BANKRUPTCY.

        • Dan Thorpe

          Exactly, I do not understand these people that use these jobs as a career. I used to work at Pizza Hut as a Manager and made only $10.80 a/hour and eventually got tired of it and found a career in financial services where I make about $4,000 a/month on a good month. They are telling me a person in an unskilled position is worth $13 an/hour. GTFO

          • https://twitter.com/AlessaRosewater Maria

            There’s some retail places that you really can advance and make a career out of. For instance, AAFES, NEX, or MCX. Those are Department of Defense jobs and part timers get Aetna health care (or I guess did, who knows with Obamacare), and other perks. BUT you must also get education along the way and they do pay for classes in college taken for a business degree.

            Yeah I agree, $13 an hour for someone who doesn’t know what they’re doing?! How about NO!

            I’m glad you found your career! Congratulations and kudos on your intelligence and drive!! <3

          • https://twitter.com/AlessaRosewater Maria

            There’s some retail places that you really can advance and make a career out of. For instance, AAFES, NEX, or MCX. Those are Department of Defense jobs and part timers get Aetna health care (or I guess did, who knows with Obamacare), and other perks. BUT you must also get education along the way and they do pay for classes in college taken for a business degree.

            Yeah I agree, $13 an hour for someone who doesn’t know what they’re doing?! How about NO!

            I’m glad you found your career! Congratulations and kudos on your intelligence and drive!! <3

        • https://twitter.com/AlessaRosewater Maria

          Just like a real time horror movie.

        • https://twitter.com/AlessaRosewater Maria

          Just like a real time horror movie.

      • TomJB

        IF they want 13 they better take the 9, work a couple years and show dedication to the company. Its called performance reviews and raises. Not a hard concept if you don’t expect stuff to just be handed to you.

        • https://twitter.com/AlessaRosewater Maria

          I would have been happy as hell with $9 an hour when I was doing the same job they’re doing now. You’re right. You work hard, you get more AND bonuses. You slack off, you stay at the same pay rate or go lower. This new generation is full of gimme gimmes..and, well, those in my own generation are too, sadly..

        • https://twitter.com/AlessaRosewater Maria

          I would have been happy as hell with $9 an hour when I was doing the same job they’re doing now. You’re right. You work hard, you get more AND bonuses. You slack off, you stay at the same pay rate or go lower. This new generation is full of gimme gimmes..and, well, those in my own generation are too, sadly..

  • A Willful Boy

    I used to work at Walmart; No one else was hiring, and $9/hour was better than nothing. They had employee stock-ownership, and the turnover allowed anyone who was serious about contributing to become a department manager. It kept me afloat when I easily qualified for government assistance, and when a better job came around, I had employment history and a resume builder.

    • Sue

      You Sir are what America “used to be” about. Hats off to you!

      • A Willful Boy

        Well, I did take that job, earn another one, and become successful, so I guess I deserve to be punished 😉

        • TitaniumEagle

          How could you be successful? If you’re successful, someone else made that happen, not you!!!

    • aPLWBinAK

      A hat tip to you…

    • Michelle

      YOU are an excellent example of how it’s done – crappy employment is better than no employment, you show up, work get paid and in time, a better job will come along. Much respect to you!

    • https://twitter.com/AlessaRosewater Maria

      I saw a Tweet where someone said they were on “food stamps” while being Full Time at Walmart. If they are making $9 an hour…why do they need food stamps if they’re working up to 40 hours a week which is full time?

      @matthewstoller: “I work full-time for one of the richest companies in the world, & my kids get state health insurance and food stamps.” #Walmartstrike”

      Anyway, kudos to you! <3

      • BeautifulAmerica

        Probably because he is not married to the “single” mother of his children, who is ripping us taxpayers off by lying about their situation. And they also have a free phone.

      • http://twitter.com/Sincerly_oo Sincerely —

        Food stamp eligibility is determined by income and the size of your family. If they work full time, they are making about $1,400 gross. Deduct taxes, insurance, union dues, it doesn’t leave much. If they have children, they very likely qualify for food stamps if that is the only income coming into the family.

        I don’t think that is justification though for paying more than the skills required for the job warrants. Because someone “needs” more, it does not mean that a job should pay more.

        It means that the person who “needs” it should make some better life choices so that their ability to provide is in line with their needs and lifestyle

        If the person qualifies for food stamps, I am sure they also qualify for grants to return to school. I have a number of friends who haven’t ever taken any other form assistance in their life take advantage of the opportunity to go back to school in the past four years, mainly because they couldn’t find a job in their field.

        If the jobs in what you’ve been doing dry up, go to where the jobs are. That’s what my friends did. They got training so they could go after jobs that are actually there.

        • https://twitter.com/AlessaRosewater Maria

          Good points.

        • https://twitter.com/AlessaRosewater Maria

          Good points.

        • MimiReed1234

          1) They don’t have union dues. 2) They don’t have income taxes. Not with multiple kids. 3) State healthcare for kids is cushier than almost all paid healthcare unless you’re making more than $20/hr. 4) This is a single parent with multiple kids. You can afford to support ONE kid if you make $18k a year and have no spouse. Breeding like a rabbit and NOT being in a stable relationship is no reason for other people to pay you more, though.

      • http://twitter.com/Kennan100 Kenna Neel

        Probably has enough kids to qualify vs income.

      • http://Twitter.com/jkerrysforehead John Kerry’s Forehead

        Many members of our active duty military enlisted forces receive food stamps. Income and family size has everything to do with it.

      • http://Twitter.com/jkerrysforehead John Kerry’s Forehead

        Many members of our active duty military enlisted forces receive food stamps. Income and family size has everything to do with it.

  • Sue

    Fact: High, national unemployment numbers enables employers to take advantage of their workers. Get over it or quit! There are 23M Americans who just might like to have that job, including the 18,500 Hostess employees who let a union speak for part of their workforce.

  • MarcoAurelius

    Unions have a long history of being racist, dishonest, associated with organized crime, anti-worker, and a way for the union boss boy’s club to grow fat on the workers’ backs.

  • Richard Blaine

    Walkout! Because it’s not like there are 23 million unemployed looking for work.

  • digitalPimple

    Don’t care. My family is spending very little this year and keeping it very simple due to the economy and the future economy.

  • aPLWBinAK

    hmmm….23 million (and growing) people out of work….and you decide to strike on the busiest day to show solidarity with a bunch scummy union thugs? Brilliant, absolutely brilliant /// I say “go for it, yeah, you show da man!”

  • http://twitter.com/Warren_Morris Warren M. Morris

    If you don’t like the job quit. Make room for others that need it.

  • Jack Deth

    Christmas sales have been down every year Obama has been in office. The economy has been tumbling downward ever since Obama has been in office. ‘Black Friday’ sales have been moved up a week with continuous ads on the radio and television. In the hopes of a ‘Happy News’ soundbite or five before the next BLS report before December.

    I really don’t foresee anyone past the age of thirty having liquid assets to be spent on very many gifts this time around. All my gifts will allow me to hone my skills at baking.

    I also wouldn’t be surprised by a sanitation strike in any of the states that voted for Romney around Christmas time. Or sooner.

    • http://www.facebook.com/wendybates1983 Wendy Bates

      just an FYI… the economy is actually beginning to improve, it was going sour during Bush’s term… therefore it would seem that Obama has actually done something right to me… JS

      • J. Cox

        Please explain how a fall in gdp for 3 years straight equals better?Please show the 23 million out of work people where the jobs are.Please show how adding 23 new taxes(and the new ones coming in january) are good for the economy.Please explain why business leaders are shouting at the top of their lungs how the next 4 years mean contraction of the overall economy with a average inflation increase of 6.8%.Lay off the kool-aide and quit bullshatting yourself.

      • TocksNedlog

        Keep telling yourself that — every time you spend $60 – $75 filling up your gas tank.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002109532283 Jillane Kent

        I assume you must have no money invested, for only someone with no figurative “skin in the game” could be so blissfully ignorant. Investment income aside, what exactly has Obama done to assure long term fiscal health? Raising taxes on the top two percent alone would take 27 years (CBO.gov) to pay for just the stimulus.

        • diskinetic

          The ongoing, constantly repeating, built into the budget stimulus, by the way.

      • https://twitter.com/AlessaRosewater Maria

        Oh it’s improving is it? I wasn’t aware because I’m not benefiting from it. And for the record, people were doing a hell of a lot better with Bush in office than this sorry excuse for a POTUS. He’s done nothing right! Actual Unemployment is still 14+%. How about you pay attention to the real facts for a change?

      • No Longer Amazed

        Wendy, you are living in a bubble. Soon, you will be living on the street.

        • BeautifulAmerica

          Heh, heh. True.

      • http://twitter.com/Kennan100 Kenna Neel

        It was doing quite well, thank you, during Bush’s term. Until 2 years into his 2nd term when the Dems took over control of the House & Senate. Everything started a SLOW decline shortly after that. Then when O got the nomination SLOW decline speed up considerably, then when he won the election the bottom fell out of everything. Can you say CRASH? Any improvement since then is not an improvement from when Bush was still in office, it is us still trying to pull ourselves BACK UP to at least where we were when O took office. That’s not an economic gain, it’s hanging on by a thread. Educate yourself before you speak more nonsense.

  • http://owsusefulidiots.blogspot.com/ Truth Has No Agenda

    I don’t shop anywhere but Walmart thanks to Obama. Walmart saves the average American family $2,500 a year just enough to cover the increase we will have to pay for Obamacare.

    Can someone explain to me that if Walmart is such a bad place to work why don’t they just quit their jobs and find a better one. Instead of doing this stunt of a strike on the day of the biggest shopping day of the year?

    • medicinewomantwo

      How dare you be intelligent and sensible….lol

    • Hiraghm

      Thanks to Obama, the better jobs aren’t out there to find :(

    • MimiReed1234

      Our family’s increase is already $3,900.

  • maplebob23

    Everyone who is serious about applying at WalMart if the workers strike should apply now.

    • Hiraghm

      I know of one Wal-mart store that has been constantly trying to hire for almost a year now. They need night shift maintenance and stockers, as well as other positions. Don’t bother applying, however, unless you want to earn your pay and trade value for value.

  • JeffWRidge

    This is just the latest salvo in the left’s war on businesses and success.

    • No Longer Amazed

      And not a very good one, at that.

  • http://www.facebook.com/lisa.dean.564 Lisa Dean

    I can see Amazon and Target are going to get an increase in sales on black friday.

    • https://twitter.com/AlessaRosewater Maria

      Unless their associates pull the same stunt at Target.

  • medicinewomantwo

    I know of 18,500 looking for a job…..bye

  • Hiraghm

    At one Wal-mart store, the night shift manager called for 10 volunteers to work adjusted hours on Black Friday. Hands immediately shot into the air.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002109532283 Jillane Kent

      Considering the extra pay incentive, this doesn’t surprise me.

  • Silenttype78

    Ha ha !

    I love this these two ;
    “If Walmart employees threaten to go on strike on Black Friday, they should just know another 18,500 workers are looking for a job right now”

    “The employees of Walmart are going on strike on Black Friday. I’m gonna walk in an turn in an application to work there.”

    No kidding!

    A lot of people out of work right now and they wouldn’t mind taking a job at Wal Mart.

  • Maria Seeger

    Aw, gee….went to that link, entered my zip code…about fell out of my chair laughing. They plan strikes at all the local Walmart and Sam’s Clubs. Okay, Texas is not a strong union state. It’s a right-to-work state. And would you believe it? At every one of those locations it says: “This event needs a leader!”
    My family never goes shopping on Black Friday, but I’m going to be watching the local news. As far as I know at least here in Texas, you don’t have to belong to any union to work at Walmart. It’s going to be interesting to see how many people will be foolish enough to go on strike and wake up the next day to find themselves UNEMPLOYED!
    Pink slip, anyone?

    • disqus_LASIg6epmj

      Georgia is also a right-to-work state, but did see that nearby Wal-Marts are planning a protest (per the link). Like your family, we avoid malls and retailers the weekend of Thanksgiving. You can’t pay me enough to shop that weekend. Perhaps I’ll do some online shopping at Wally World. 😉

    • gr82cu2

      Same thing here in Indiana….they all need a leader! Gee, I wonder why? But, Indiana is a right to work state too 😛

  • The_Original

    I wasn’t planning on shopping in Walmart on Black Friday, but I might just change my mind. I love crossing union picket signs.

    Years ago when Chavez Farm Workers were striking lettuce farmers I went into stores and just bought lettuce and walked out with them in clear plastic bags so they could see I bought the lettuce.

    • BeautifulAmerica

      OOOOhhhh! You weren’t politcally correct!! How’d you ever have the courage?
      I remember doing the same thing, but not so blatantly. Good role model, you!

      • The_Original

        I am a farm girl, born and raised. I know how much work and risk it takes to farm. Most farm workers are great . . . but there are others. It takes a lot get a crop from planting to people’s tables. And the risk farmers take . . . well, it can be difficult. It is an awesome life, though. Just difficult. Harvest time, no matter whether I am living in the city or the country, is still one of my favorite times of the year.

  • Danny Meeker

    “Working at Wal-Mart is like indentured servitude.” Then QUIT, you stupid ass-backward libtard!!!! Jeezus, these idiots make neanderthals look like Stephen Hawking.

    • TheOriginalDonald

      AS if working for Target moves yo straight into the middle class [/sarc]

    • https://twitter.com/AlessaRosewater Maria

      I agree. Oh, the precious little princes and princesses don’t want to do the work all us grateful retail employees do every Black Friday?! Excuuuuse me.

    • SPCAndyJ

      I agree with everything you said except for the part about Stephen Hawking who believes that ‘nothing’ spontaneously organized, undirected and created everything in the universe…that’s not very bright if you ask me.

    • BeautifulAmerica

      LMAO. So true!

  • brianmouland

    Then quit three people will be quite happy to do your job

  • TocksNedlog

    Anyone planning to strike should practice singing “All I want for Christmas is my old job back, my old job back . . .”

  • Kat

    I worked for Wal Mart for 6 weeks. It was a bad experience, but I needed the money. Beggars can’t be choosers in this economy, and there are lots of people who are willing to work there, and even more who almost exclusively shop there. Good luck closing down the entire franchise, morons..

  • https://twitter.com/AlessaRosewater Maria

    I worked retail for awhile and while Black Friday is stressful, we managed to pull it off every year without a hitch.

    Those Walmart employees who are participating in the strike are arrogant, selfish little cretins. I hope Walmart fires all those employees who are striking and hire people who need jobs.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002109532283 Jillane Kent

      Furthermore, it isn’t as though they did not know they might be expected to work Black Friday. My neighbors, one a policeman and the other a fireman, have to work this year and have no OWS champions. How curious.

      • https://twitter.com/AlessaRosewater Maria

        Exactly! So why should they be exempt? Some of the people who worked with me at the BX had to show up at midnight to work! They complained and grumbled of course, but they showed up on time and never spoke to the management about it because we knew this is what we need to do and other people out there have to too, maybe for other reasons. The hours were changed to 3 am in the morning on Black Friday, but still dedication made these employees show up no matter what. The Military didn’t get an exemption for Black Friday, they were still doing their jobs on the Base and we were there serving them every step of the way! Heck, I had to work on Thanksgiving before when I worked at the Shoppette on that Base. Some of my colleagues had to work on Christmas because the Military doesn’t shut down for holidays. I bet those people who are striking at Walmart would have whined and walked out. Weaklings.

  • annoyinglittletwerp

    I work for Wal-Mart. At MY store the chatter has been about our up-coming bonus-not walk-outs.

    • annoyinglittletwerp

      Btw: I make $8.25 hr. I get good hours-even as a part-timer-and I’m treated well. Wal-Mart IS a good gig.

      • gr82cu2

        Yes it is! Hang in there with them and you will be rewarded. If you missed it, read my post above for how my sons have faired with Walmart.

    • https://twitter.com/AlessaRosewater Maria

      And that is how it should be! Kudos to you and your store.

      • annoyinglittletwerp

        I mentioned the ‘walk-out’ to management today, and the response was that this garbage gets floated around every year. No worries…we’re in TEXAS! LoL

        • https://twitter.com/AlessaRosewater Maria

          Texas rocks!!

        • https://twitter.com/AlessaRosewater Maria

          Texas rocks!!

  • WhiteFalcon1

    Under NO circumstances do the employees dictate to the employer the terms under which they’ll work! If they strike Wal-Marts, fire every one of them and start with folks who’ll appreciate having a job at Christmas time…I support Wal-Marts against the unions!

    • https://twitter.com/AlessaRosewater Maria

      You’re right!
      At my store, the Base Exchange or BX (I worked for AAFES, not Walmart, mind you and we’re not allowed to have unions since we’re DoD and signed a contract to that effect where we weren’t allowed to strike either), we had meetings where we aired out what we wanted to say every week and our managers listened to us. It was true our store had some of the lowest employee morale of all the other locations, but we had the second highest customer service in the world among other AAFES locations. The moral of this story is: Even if you’re unhappy with the management of the store, you should always treat your customers with respect and care. You never let on how you’re treated by your higher ups. And you never should be disrespectful to those higher up than you (or at the same pay grade or lower). Also, people should be grateful to have their job at all instead of being spoiled brats. You NEVER strike! That hurts your customers!

  • Jefferson Tea Party

    I hope they strike, I have a teenager who cannot find a job!

  • V the K

    Whaddyawannabet these are just a few union thug malcontents being fanned by the MFM?

  • No Longer Amazed

    Screw SEIU. No more ignorant union thugs to contend with. Enough is enough. Hang tough Wal*Mart! Thanks for holding the line. I really don’t want to see a bunch of these idiots every time I walk into your stores.

    I saw a couple on the news this week in their really-bright green union wannabe
    T-shirts threatening to walk out on Black Friday. Oooooo! I know they weren’t
    your best & brightest.

    If these dolts actually choose to walk out on Black Friday, the best day of the
    retailers’ year, hey, let ‘um walk. Wal*Mart will make it through the day and
    you will be there to reopen on Black Saturday. But these two buffoons will not be
    there. They will not make it through the Holiday season – their choice.

    They will never make the connection in their feeble little minds between
    Wal*Mart and Hostess. Can’t teach liberals much of anything… they already know
    everything!

    In Zer0’s economy, there are plenty of appreciative people to hire to replace
    the walkers. I think I would stay away from the ex-Hostess union thugs though –
    they haven’t suffered enough yet for the crimes they committed against their
    company and 18,000 of their fellow workers.

  • gr82cu2

    Sigh…..I am so over the Walmart bashers! I can speak from my family’s personal experience. We have 2 sons who are now 29 and 31. They both started to work for our local Walmart when it first opened 12 years ago. They were 16 and almost 19 at that time. The 18 year old was hired in as electronics dept. manager, allegedly the youngest dept. manager in company history, at that time. At 20 years old he went away to college but they still allowed him and welcomed him to work during summer and breaks from school. Eventually he joined the Navy, after college, and they gave him a leave of absence. He did his time in the Navy and they hired him back at the wage he left + whatever increases he would have received in the meantime + health insurance immediately, etc. He has been back 3 years now and been promoted 3 times and is now close to being promoted again. The younger son managed to work full time while attending college and has also been regularly promoted. He is actually ahead of his brother on the management ladder because he never left for school. He is now a shift manager (basically a co-manager, most super centers have 2 in this position) and is currently interviewing for store manager position. His base pay is approaching $100K per year + a really nice bonus! Remember, he is TWENTY EIGHT years old!!! Walmart takes care of those who are hard working and loyal to them. These whiners just want everything handed to them without working for it, as usual. The unions want in because there are thousands and thousands of Walmart employees they can extort money out of.

    • BeautifulAmerica

      Thank you SO MUCH for this wonderful story!! I wish you’d go on MSNBC and CNN and tell it. Congrats for raising such hard-working guys.

      • gr82cu2

        Thank you! We are extremely proud of our sons and the men they have become. If you had asked them 15 years ago I think they would have told you we were the meanest parents ever. If you asked them today they would say they are glad for how we raised them. They never had to wonder if we loved them. That was evident but we didn’t hand them everything they wanted either. We taught them to work towards their goals. Seems it has paid off.

        • BeautifulAmerica

          You are welcome.
          Perhaps you will consider writing a book about your family story. Compared to what Hollywood is producing, this would be a refreshing and valuable contribution to our society.
          Best of Luck.

  • BeeKaaay

    People would not have to work for Walmart if the US Government did not have the following official policies:

    * All government jobs go to cronies
    * All IT jobs go to H1B visa holders
    * All call center jobs go to India
    * All manufacturing jobs go to China
    * All manual labor jobs go to illegal aliens
    * all oil and gas jobs go to everyone else except here in the USA

    Maybe if we were actually allowed to work for a living instead of having the government have policies which make sure Americans are unemployed and forced to work at low wage places like Walmart, we would not be having half the problems we are having now.

  • torpedoman2002

    The left are idiots. They didn’t learn anything with Hostess going out of business. Idiots! I just filled out an application in hopes they will just fire these idiots and hire someone else.

  • BeautifulAmerica

    I like Walmart and I support it, not the stooopid wanna-be Union thugocracy. Walmart doesn’t treat its employees badly that I can see. They just expect them to actually work while they get paid.

  • BeautifulAmerica

    I’m going to find myself and family members each, individually, needing to make multiple trips to Walmart on Black Friday. Fire the strikers, Walmart.

  • http://twitter.com/Sincerly_oo Sincerely —

    I do not understand the mentality of these people. We are just . . . as in literally within HOURS . . . of an American landmark brand closing its doors after 80 some years in business due to the intransigence and refusal of the union to work with them to manage costs.

    The impact of that closing goes far, FAR beyond the 18,500 people who lost their jobs. It also affects their suppliers, the vendors, the shipping companies . . . it goes on and on.

    And so now, the Walmart union thinks they are going to strike their way into more favorable conditions?

    They don’t like high healthcare costs? Welcome to reality sunshine, neither does anyone else. Since Obama, the “healthcare messiah,” came into office insurance costs have skyrocketed for everyone. Suck it up like the rest of us.

    The wages aren’t high enough? For the most part, these jobs are entry level. The thing about entry level jobs is that they don’t require previous experience or skills, thus the term “entry level.”

    When you acquire *experience* and *skills,* THEN you can apply for and go after jobs that pay more.

    Imagine that, what a concept.

    All jobs do not require the same skills, therefore, all jobs will not have the same pay.

    This is a total entitlement mentality, and I just can’t even grasp the stupidity of the timing of this.

    Do they not read the news? Do they not see companies all over the country laying off due to the coming increases in the cost of doing business?

    And they think THIS is going to work?

    The irony is I think Walmart actually might come out ahead if they do strike. They have a strong online presence and the cost of selling something online is much lower than holding a store open.

    If they keep up the strike, Walmart might just decide to close the retail store.

  • indboo

    Let them walk. There are many people who would like to have a job. And the thought of Reagan and the Air Traffic Controllers always puts a big smile on my face!

  • http://Twitter.com/jkerrysforehead John Kerry’s Forehead

    Ignorant dolts saying Wal Mart treats employees like slaves…ummm…don’t fucking work there then you idiot! And look up definition of slavery while you’re at it.

  • http://Twitter.com/jkerrysforehead John Kerry’s Forehead

    Ignorant dolts saying Wal Mart treats employees like slaves…ummm…don’t fucking work there then you idiot! And look up definition of slavery while you’re at it.

  • ImTheNana

    I stand in solidarity with Walmart firing striking workers this #BlackFriday so unemployed who WANT to work can #walmartstrikers

  • People Corporation

    Let them, 5 more are waiting to take their place.

  • Back 4 More

    I hope none of them show up for work in my town. I put in another application there a couple of days ago. Strike away clowns, hopefully I will get the job that isn’t good enough for you.