In an inspiring example of Union Fail, the planned union walkout on Walmart during Black Friday led off with a one-employee walkout at a Walmart in St. Cloud, Florida on Wednesday. The walkout was led by – and entirely constituted by – Vanessa Ferreira, 59. She told her manager that she was going on strike. The other workers watched her leave, shrugged, and went back about their business. The police then warned Ferreira for trespass. Ferreira has worked for Walmart for eight years in the cakes department, where she decorates cakes. But she says that her wages are too low
All that rah rah rah from the union and she walks out alone. Let them pay her $12 an hour in a state full of mimimum wage service jobs. Someone probably asked for her job before she hit the parking lot.
My 19 year old son works at the local Walmart as he goes to college, he makes $8.30 in the deli with good hours. He volunteered to work today from 4pm to 1am because he gets time and 1/2 and an additional10% off his already 10 % employee discount on appreciation days. This is off everything in the store except ammo (bummer!), that´s a huge savings! On top of this, the store had a meal catered for the employees in the employee lounge. Is it a perfect job? No, but it´s a low skilled job it´s not supposed to be perfect! My son is grateful to have it because 30% of his peers can´t find employment. He thinks those complainers need to suck it up and shut up.
Another stupid lefty who thinks that being a cake decorator at Walmart is a career. No, it is NOT supposed to be a career. Why didn´t she use her learned skills and experience to find another job or to try to move up in the organization? That´s the problem with these fools...they don´t realize that those jobs are not supposed to be lifelong careers!! Not knowing enough about her performance, I can´t say if she deserved a better wage or not. But there is a good chance that she didn´t put in that extra effort to get noticed and maybe a better wage. At any rate, until people realize that they can better their lives by working a little harder and making the necessary sacrifices, they will always be stuck in dead end jobs and whine for more. The unions take advantage of their ignorance and laziness.
She´ll be fine. She´ll go to the Social Security office next week and claim her back is shot from standing up all those long 8 years decorating all those cakes and Obama´s minions will sign her up for disability pay quick as a wink.
#17, hooray for your son! I don´t see him as one of those kids sitting around sucking his thumb and complaining about not being able to find a job after he gets out of school. And this woman Ferreira? As others have hinted, she should never be allowed around anybody´s food supply again. Maybe she can find a Twinkie baker to sit on a park bench and commiserate with.
Its all about groceries. Sears, Kmart, JCPenny and Target are don´t have unionized workers either and the wages (I bet) is the same as Walmart. They only picket Walmart because only Walmart sells enough groceries to threaten the food union´s workers and thats wehre unions are still pretty influential.
Wal-Mark employs a lot of senior citizens .... folks who need to suppliment their income. Did the gimme-gimme union worker expect them to walk away from one of the few places willing to hire persons 70+ years old?
With all the talk about greed on Wall Street, few ever discuss the details of unionized employees´ demands and how much of their paycheck goes to the union bosses.
Americans just aren´t as pro union as they once were in this country. That and Walmart employees trying this ´me too´ stunt on the heels of the Hostess debacle and a very tight economy for jobs and any smart person could see why a walkout would be PR epic failure.
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Bad Dog, 11/23/2012 8:05:25 AM (No. 9030305)
Why doesn´t Ms. Vanessa take her skills and open her own little bakery? Something unique. Then, if she becomes successful, and MAKES A LOT OF MONEY, she´ll need help and can hire a few employees to help her MAKE MORE MONEY.
And then SHE can deal with the unions and their wages and demands, and the taxes, and the benefits, and the MANDATED OBAMACARE, and OSHA, and ......
#29 "...Wal-Mark employs a lot of senior citizens .... folks who need to suppliment their income…."
Exactly right. They (Walmart) give older people a sense of doing something and a way to earn money that´s no doubt desperately needed. It´s certainly not an essential job for Walmart. After all, how many businesses have ´door greeters?´ Walmart management should be commended for this. Walmart also provides employment for dozens of local people in their stores as well as providing a local source for products that otherwise would be purchased out of town. Walmart haters should find another hobby.
Watching FoxNews 85 a.m. my time. Showing protesters who were bused in (big surprise). Tried to interview one, who refused to answer (big surprise) and told James Rosen, "Talk to the people in the green shirt". So he tried to talk to a goofy acting green-shirted fellow who (big surprise) also refused to answer. What a surprising morning!
I wonder how many of the "protesters" actually work for WalMart.
The Walmart near us has both handicapped and seniors working as greeters. In the four years I´ve been going there, the same people have greeted me with a smile. I never see the handicap or the age anymore. Just nice people.
Union leaders are exactly like politicians- they are on the same team. Once they figured out they could leverage their position of power, it became more about their power position and access to money and political power, than their members.
Union members, through force or stupidity, are the sheep that make the leaders and their chosen politicians rich and more powerful.
CNBC has been trying to use the "story" of the "protest" all day long.. they finally found a real WMT employee from SOMEWHERE that supported the "strike".. the commies had to bus THEIR members in to make it look like a WMT strike..
To answer the question in the Must Reads link, Target doesn´t get targeted because they are owned by Dayton-Hudson. Dayton? The Dayton family? Uber-leftist Democrats from ... Minnesota, I think. Look up Mark Dayton and check out his political career.
Yeah, they have a force field around them against this junk.
The solitary nature of her ´strike´ exemplifies how unionization doesn´t always represent all the workers -- because many of them would choose to keep working, rather than strike.
The complete ineffectiveness of her ´strike´ exemplifies the value of unionization, in places where a company routinely abuses workers. Individually, they lack the kind of leverage needed to motivate change.
A healthy market depends on a sustainable balance between labor, management, consumer, and government. Whenever any one of those gets out of whack, the whole suffers. Big business has a history of abusing workers. Big labor has a history of abusing management (and workers, too). Big government has a way of destroying the whole market. And monopolies have a history of abusing consumers.
The NLRB protects those who engage in "protected concerted activity." Acting in concert requires 2 or more employees, so a single person walk out doesn´t fit the law, and she is outside its protection. Obama´s NLRB will bend over backwards to protect her, but if it followed the law as written she´s out of luck.
I wish there was no such thing as the unions. I worked in three places that was moved or closed down because of the unions. All it did was make sure those people did not have a job anymore. I think that is what they are good for -certaintly not to make sure people have jobs. The big leaders just want the money out of the people - calling it "dues".
An observation about Walmart, one of my favorite places to shop: Many people working there have an opportunity to excel that they wouldn´t have experienced in most retail settings. There doesn´t seem to be age discrimination. They hire the handicapped.
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