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Discussion in 'News' started by ClueTwo, Feb 27, 2005.

  1. ClueTwo

    ClueTwo Veteran Member

    Joined: Nov 30, 2001 Messages: 9,030 Likes Received: 123
    Wal-Mart to stop harassing help

    The United Food and Commercial Workers union stated that the decision conveyed the world's largest retailer, Wal-Mart that it could not transgress workers' fundamental rights without facing the music.

    The company earlier this month aired its idea to close the Jonquiere, Quebec, store this spring but Wednesday the province's labor minister appointed a conciliator to preside over negotiations for a first contract at the outlet. The store was the first Wal-Mart outlet in North America where employees won union certification.

    The United Food and Commercial Workers union is trying to organize workers at more than a dozen of Wal-Mart's 235 stores in Canada.

    The union represents workers at a Wal-Mart store in Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec, southeast of Montreal and has asked the Quebec government to certify a union at another outlet in Brossard, a Montreal suburb.

    Wal-Mart, which has resisted efforts to organize workers at its stores, recently embarked on a publicity and marketing blitz to counter critics of its labor practices in Canada and the United States.

    Tire shop workers at a Wal-Mart supercenter in Loveland, Colo., voted against forming a union on Friday.

  2. fect_9

    fect_9 Member

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  3. Dick Quickwood

    Dick Quickwood 12oz Loyalist

    Joined: Aug 25, 2002 Messages: 14,783 Likes Received: 14
    it is if you do it right.
  4. Cracksmoka

    Cracksmoka Elite Member

    Joined: Oct 2, 2002 Messages: 4,504 Likes Received: 97
    fuck those greedy anti-worker unionbashing scumbags....
    i hope bill walton chokes on his fucking money....
    bush and conglomerates like walmart are systematically removing all workers rights, period. its not just the blue collar anymore either... you better wake the fuck up america, because its alot easier to lose yourr rights than gain them...
    those guys in colorado voted no because they are either
    a. uneducated and mislead about unions and or labor rights
    b. they are scared of retaliation from there employer

    and yes if you know what your doing its rather easy and worthwhile to rack from walmart....
  5. Ferris Bueller

    Ferris Bueller Elite Member

    Joined: Oct 25, 2000 Messages: 4,246 Likes Received: 71
    Nader is probably having a serious breakdown about this.

    Did you know that when you die, you crap your pants?
  6. SeYnO9

    SeYnO9 Member

    Joined: Dec 21, 2001 Messages: 677 Likes Received: 0
    I never understood in my youth, why a portion of humanity would oppose a workers union. I then remembered by pal jurgis. Long live the proleteriat.

    THE RULES FOR ENTERING PARADISE HAVE CHANGED. Carnegie and Walton will share an eternal place with lucifer. Regardless of their bullshit charity work.
  7. ODS-1

    ODS-1 Elite Member

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    A lot of unions can be racist shitbags. Fuck walmart.
  8. SeYnO9

    SeYnO9 Member

    Joined: Dec 21, 2001 Messages: 677 Likes Received: 0
    Ods-1, could you index your remark?
  9. Edika

    Edika Member

    Joined: Jun 10, 2003 Messages: 332 Likes Received: 0
    last month a Wal mart in Qu├ębec got their union ( the first in n.America i think). Its weird, because 1 week afters that, the good Wal Mart bosses announced the closing of this store ( for starnge reasons like they were doing no profits and shit...), but everyone know its bullshit.

    Since then theres an anti wal mart here in Quebec (where 40 to 45% of the workers in the provinced are in a union), everywhere in the medias, even in the goverment who called for boycott.
    It made a big scandal.
  10. knuckle_game

    knuckle_game New Jack

    Joined: Feb 20, 2005 Messages: 47 Likes Received: 0

    LIVERWURST* Elite Member

    Joined: Jan 10, 2001 Messages: 3,590 Likes Received: 66
    I'm watching Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Wages. It has a strong message that I have yet to here a rebut too that was significant. It might not be a true documentary, but it doesn't hide its position...anyway, heres a recent bit of news:


    Wal-Mart Workers Win Wage Suit
    Retailer Forced Overtime Without Pay, Jury Finds

    By Amy Joyce
    Washington Post Staff Writer
    Friday, October 13, 2006; Page D02

    Wal-Mart Stores Inc. violated Pennsylvania labor laws by forcing hourly employees to work through breaks and beyond their shifts without overtime pay, a jury decided yesterday.

    Lawyers for the employees said the decision could result in $62 million or more in damages.

    The lawsuit, brought by two employees on behalf of almost 187,000 current and former Wal-Mart employees, claimed that the company made workers in Pennsylvania miss more than 33 million rest breaks from 1998 to 2001. At least 57 other wage-and-hour cases have been filed across the United States against the world's largest retailer, and many of them are awaiting class-action certification, according to company filings.

    "I think this proves that Wal-Mart's sweatshop mind-set persists," said Chris Kofinis, a spokesman with WakeUp Wal-Mart, a United Food and Commercial Workers Union-backed group. "There is some point where Wal-Mart will have to listen and it's got to treat its workers with respect and fairness."

    Michael Donovan, a lawyer for the employees, would not comment until damages are awarded. He expects that to happen today. In court, the lawyers argued that the company denied breaks to cut labor costs and increase productivity.

    "We take matters very seriously when associates say they have been mistreated in any way. However, because the jury is still in deliberation, it would not be appropriate to comment on the matter until a final decision has been made," said Sarah Clark, a spokeswoman for Wal-Mart.

    Neal Manne, Wal-Mart's attorney, argued that the company properly paid its employees and that the lead plaintiffs were among a small group of disgruntled workers, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer's coverage of the trial.

    Company officials said records appeared to show that workers who did not have breaks did so because they chose not to, or did not sign out, according to news reports.

    The company has been trying repair its image after critics cast negative light on the company, claiming it pays poverty wages and offers few benefits.

    The case is one of several class-action wage-and-hour suits against the company to go to trial. In December, a jury awarded $172 million to about 116,000 current and former Wal-Mart and Sam's Club workers in California who claimed that they were illegally denied lunch breaks. Wal-Mart is appealing the verdict.

    In 2002, a federal jury in Oregon found that Wal-Mart employees were forced to work off the clock and awarded back pay to 83 workers. In 2004, Wal-Mart settled a similar lunch break case in Colorado for $50 million.

    One of the pending cases, which accuses the company of paying men more than women nationally, is the largest private employer civil rights class action in history. Wal-Mart has asked an appeals court to overturn the class-action status of the case.

    The Pennsylvania case is larger than the California case in that it covers more employees and involves off-the-clock work, missed rest breaks and missed meal breaks. The jury in the six-week trial in the Court of Common Pleas in Philadelphia found in favor of Wal-Mart on the missed-meal claim.

    Employees said they were pressured by managers to cut meals short and skip breaks. Two cashiers said they were locked in the store after it closed to restock merchandise.

    LIVERWURST* Elite Member

    Joined: Jan 10, 2001 Messages: 3,590 Likes Received: 66

    This was mentioned in the movie, but the proceeding of these were won by the states but not updated on the site...

    In 2001, the Justice Department & the EPA brought enforcement action against Wal-Mart for Clean Water Act violations at 17 locations in Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma & Massachusetts. Wal-Mart was fined $1 million in civil penalties as a result of this case.

    The State of Connecticut & the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection have also taken legal action against Wal-Mart for water quality violations. Richard J. Blumenthal, the Connecticut Attorney General prosecuting the water quality violations at Wal-Mart stores across Connecticut issued a statement saying,

    LIVERWURST* Elite Member

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  14. angelofdeath

    angelofdeath Elite Member

    Joined: Sep 15, 2002 Messages: 4,375 Likes Received: 79
    i bid farewell to walmart.
    actually, unions probably wont destroy one of the greatest stores on the planet, like they destroyed GM, Ford, and all the rest. atleast i hope im right. meaning as walmart is the greatest aid to the poor on this whole planet.
  15. russell jones

    russell jones Senior Member

    Joined: Jun 1, 2006 Messages: 1,581 Likes Received: 22

    Here's an article that refutes the claim that Walmart is good for the poor.