My Walmart Black Friday Experience, and the Productivity/Wage Gap

By: Monday November 26, 2012 6:16 am

Walmart workers staged their historic strike on Black Friday. Management tried to downplay it, and given how massive Walmart is, the relative strength of the strike was small in real terms compared to the company’s 1.4 million workers. But it would be silly to just leave it at that without the context of the company [...]

Labor Unions Show Solidarity With Walmart Workers

By: Tuesday November 20, 2012 10:00 am

We can now see why the imminent Walmart strikes on Black Friday have spooked the company. They have engaged in a two-prong PR strategy, dismissing the strikes as being carried out by a small faction of its 1.4 million associates, while also seeking National Labor Relations Board reliefto block the strikes as illegal union-based activity. [...]

Walmart Files Unfair Labor Practice Against UFCW

By: Sunday November 18, 2012 11:32 am

Walmart, trying to change the subject in advance of protests and strikes at the outset of the holiday shopping season, has filed an unfair labor practice charge against the United Food and Commercial Workers union, arguing that UFCW is illegally attempting to disrupt its business. A non-union coalition of Walmart workers called OUR Walmart has [...]

The Importance of the Walmart Strikes

By: Thursday October 11, 2012 12:16 pm

Bryce Covert has a helpful primer for why we should pay attention to these wildcat strikes carried out by a non-union coalition of Walmart associates. It does threaten to upend the status quo for labor relations in an age that heralds a rising service sector and weakened union density. While not a union making formal [...]

Walmart Strikes Extend to 12 Cities, Black Friday Actions Planned

By: Wednesday October 10, 2012 12:18 pm

The wildcat strikes by non-union Walmart associates are approaching a critical mass. The first-ever strikes have now spread to 12 cities across the country – including Chicago, Dallas, Miami, Orlando, Seattle, and various locations in California – with workers joined by labor and community activists. Protests have been held in front of 200 Walmart stores [...]

Walmart Worker Wildcat Strikes Spread

By: Tuesday October 9, 2012 1:02 pm

For the second time in a week, workers at Walmart stores, this time in five states, have walked out on the job. While Walmart does not allow unions, and the strikes are relatively time-limited, this surge of worker activism at the nation’s largest employer is one of the biggest stories in US labor relations. This [...]

Walmart Workers Strike at Multiple Stores

By: Thursday October 4, 2012 10:11 am

Walmart warehouse operators and workers have gone on strike at various locations around America, picketing the most notorious and largest anti-union employer in the country over poor working conditions and persistent retaliation for bringing up areas of needed improvement. The strikes started at distribution centers and warehouse sites, in protest of unsafe working conditions and [...]

Decision Day in Wisconsin as Historic Recall Election Concludes

By: Tuesday June 5, 2012 7:01 am

Wisconsin goes to the polls today in recall elections for Governor Scott Walker, Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch, and four state Senators. If successful, it would be only the third gubernatorial recall in American history. More money has been spent on these races than on any election in Wisconsin ever, and as Tom Barrett said today, [...]

SOPA Strike: Thousands of Sites Go Dark to Protest Anti-Piracy Legislation

By: Wednesday January 18, 2012 6:50 am

Wired is censored today. So is TBogg’s mini-site. The Google doodle is blacked out. And part of Daily Kos. And a lead story at The Huffington Post. And even right here. Sites like Wikipedia and Reddit and I Can Haz Cheezburger and Raw Story and Informed Comment and thousands more are completely dark today, not [...]

SOPA Strike Still Set for Tomorrow; More Websites Join

By: Tuesday January 17, 2012 7:35 am

As I noted yesterday, organizers of the SOPA strike got a boost when Wikipedia said they would shut down operations tomorrow, in protest of anti-piracy legislation that could constrain their business. In place of normal content, Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales said he would put up phone numbers for members of Congress and try to “melt [...]

Occupy the Ports Plans Shutdown Up and Down West Coast

By: Monday December 12, 2011 6:58 am

Speaking of protests, the latest set of Occupy protests are happening at this hour, as demonstrators attempt to shut down West Coast ports in 14 locations from Anchorage to San Diego. The port of Long Beach is seeing protests at this hour; the call to action began at 5:00am local time. The national leadership of [...]

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