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Strategy Behind Walmart Workers' Walkout

Employees at the store on Hesperian Boulevard are at the center of a campaign with far-reaching ramifications, one expert says.

 

Last week workers at the Walmart on Hesperian and Lewelling Boulevards took part in a symbolic walkout that challenged the 50-year-old non-union chain and threatened new activism in the holiday season.

What do workers want?

Labor historian Nelson Lichtenstein tells In These Times magazine that the top issue isn't pay:

"One of the competitive advantages of Walmart is their ability to deploy labor in ways that they refer to as “flexible.” Come in tonight, work three hours tomorrow, etc. For the workers, this is chaos. So a serious organizing success would be if, in the next six months, workers get more predictable shifts, or if store managers think twice before moving someone around from shift to shift."

Read the full interview.

See more Patch coverage of local involvement in the unionizing effort.

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Al. Bronzini October 14, 2012 at 06:34 PM
Just talked to a friend that lives Canada, they cross the border into the U.S. to do their shopping at Walmart, I wonder why?
Rob Phillips October 15, 2012 at 04:53 PM
That's an easy question to answer. They are people who have no conscience regarding the admontion to do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Poeple need to care about their neighbors. Without union representation, Walmart will continue to abuse workers with their "flex" schedules, minimum wages and lack of health care benefits. As a person who takes my reilgion seriously, shopping at Walmart is one of those things I've done in my life, but then I got down on my knees and prayed for forgiveness. I hope you find it in your heart to do the same.

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