Monday, November 25, 2013

Walmart Protests Lack Actual Walmart Employees

Union front groups are planning more than 1,500 protests at Walmarts nationwide on Black Friday despite lacking significant support from actual employees, reports

The Organization United for Respect at Walmart (OUR Walmart), a self-proclaimed subsidiary of the United Food and Commercial Workers retail union (UFCW), says it will picket 1,500 stores the day after Thanksgiving, one of the largest shopping days of the year.

OUR Walmart’s 2012 Black Friday protest featured thousands of demonstrators, but less than 50 actual associates, according to the company.

“They’re not the type of grassroots worker-driven efforts that media portrays them to be,” Ryan Williams of Worker Center Watch said. “They’re protests held by professional protesters—oftentimes paid and given training—to cause a scene for publicity.”

“OUR Walmart has nowhere near the support they need to unionize Walmart; if they did, they would do it,” he said. “The goal is to get 500 workers to attend [the protests]—they’d need 650,000 workers for a successful organization campaign.”


  1. In the 1970s we had Rent-a-Picket. They charged more to rent guys with beards than without.

  2. Somebody once complained to me about how Walmart treats their "associates", and that they pay them under wages. I responded that I'm not rich enough to complain about Walmart neither are those workers.

    It was, actually, my boss that complained. What I should have said to him, or asked him, could I get a $5 raise? I think I would have gotten an icy reception. Dang! I wished I thought to ask him that.

  3. Union: A euphemism for dinosaur.

  4. Fuck the unions. They are continuing on a path to a richly deserved extinction.

  5. As a 20+ year inactive member of the united food and commercial workers union I can say for a fact the only thing this union cares about is those who run the union. I was forced to join it to keep the job I had in HS. After union dues and before taxes I made less than minimum wage. Furthermore when I hear stories about how horribly Walmart treats their store employees in all but the worst outliers that are just something that happened between people at a particular store rather than corporate policy it goes along with my unionized experience.