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Wal-Mart files legal complaint against growing protests ahead of Black Friday
Fox News ^ | November 20, 2012 | Fox News

Posted on 11/20/2012 6:41:05 AM PST by sheikdetailfeather

Wal-Mart is taking legal action against its organized labor opponents, filing an unfair labor practice charge over widespread protests at its stores across the country — as well as rallies planned for Black Friday, considered the biggest shopping day of the year.

The company filed a complaint on Friday against the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, claiming the labor union — one of the nation's largest — has unlawfully disrupted business by staging protests at Wal-Mart's stores and warehouses around the country over the past six months.

The retail giant, which has roughly 1.3 million U.S. workers, is asking the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) for an injunction against the rallies and pickets — even flash mobs — that have sprung up at stores nationwide, according to the Wall Street Journal.

"We are taking this action now because we cannot allow the UFCW to continue to intentionally seek to create an environment that could directly and adversely impact our customers and associates," Wal-Mart spokesman David Tovar said in a statement obtained by Reuters. "If they do, they will be held accountable."

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Everyone shop at Wal-Mart till you drop.
1 posted on 11/20/2012 6:41:13 AM PST by sheikdetailfeather
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To: sheikdetailfeather

Replace the workers. There are plenty of unemployed who will take their jobs. Screw the unions.


2 posted on 11/20/2012 6:43:23 AM PST by jersey117
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To: jersey117

I didn’t even know Walmart had unions working for them.


3 posted on 11/20/2012 6:45:36 AM PST by tsowellfan (Allen West for Speaker!)
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To: sheikdetailfeather
No Thanks. I hate the unions but that doesn't make the cheap Chinese made junk on Wal-Mart's shelves any more desirable.

I say let their employees walk out. Who's going to notice? It's not like any of them actually help customers anyway.

4 posted on 11/20/2012 6:46:19 AM PST by pgkdan (We are witnessing the modern sack of Rome. The barbarians have taken over.)
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To: tsowellfan
I didn’t even know Walmart had unions working for them.

They don't. The unions are trying to organize.

5 posted on 11/20/2012 6:47:12 AM PST by pgkdan (We are witnessing the modern sack of Rome. The barbarians have taken over.)
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To: tsowellfan

Most (all?) WalMarts have no union labor. That’s why the unions attacks the so much. For me, the final straw in this battle occurred a few years ago. The union scum were picketing. WalMart told them they had to go off of the property, so they went to the sidewalks (across a large parking lot). The Salvation Army bellringers, of course, were not forced to leave the premises (because they were not interrupting business. The unions sued. The dirt-bag judge agreed... either they bellringers had to go off-site as well, or the unions had to be allowed at the doors again. WalMart had to ask the bellringers to go away. People in need got less because of union scum, as always.


6 posted on 11/20/2012 6:50:12 AM PST by Teacher317 ('Tis time to fear when tyrants seem to kiss.)
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To: pgkdan
I hate the unions but that doesn't make the cheap Chinese made junk on Wal-Mart's shelves any more desirable.

I don't understand why people single out Wal Mart. Other stores sell slightly to much more expensive Chinese junk. Go to Nordstrom's sometime and check out its stuff. The difference between Walmart and most of these other companies is that when the stuff is equivalent, Walmart generally charges the lowest price, wherever the product is made, thanks to its industry-leading back office computer systems and its spartan buying practices (meaning its buyers aren't even allowed to accept a cup of coffee from the vendors).

7 posted on 11/20/2012 6:55:09 AM PST by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always.)
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To: sheikdetailfeather
I guess Rob Walton should have upped that measly $1,000,000 donation to Hussein.

Pacifying and buying fascists is a full time battle that you never win.

8 posted on 11/20/2012 6:59:03 AM PST by bereanway
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To: pgkdan

” I say let their employees walk out. Who’s going to notice? It’s not like any of them actually help customers anyway.”

***

Some years ago, a friend and I, on a road trip, got really lost. The person who finally helped us was a Walmart greeter.


9 posted on 11/20/2012 7:00:42 AM PST by fatnotlazy
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To: bereanway

Petreaus is a good example of what Marxists do. They use you and then they destroy you. It is best to fight them from the start and keep fighting them.


10 posted on 11/20/2012 7:01:43 AM PST by sheikdetailfeather (Yuri Bezmenov (KGB Defector) - "Kick The Communists Out of Your Govt. & Don't Accept Their Goodies.")
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To: sheikdetailfeather
I will be shopping at WalMart on Friday and I dare any picketers to get in my way. Not a threat, just recommending a wide berth.
11 posted on 11/20/2012 7:03:30 AM PST by GOJPN
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To: pgkdan

exactly. who needs more useless ‘stuff’. we’ve lost the meaning of our holidays because of these retailers.


12 posted on 11/20/2012 7:03:30 AM PST by RitchieAprile (the obsteperous gentleman..)
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To: Zhang Fei

Exactly. I always get a good laugh when people tell me “OH I don’t shop at Walmart, I only shop at Target” I like to finish their sentence for them.. “So you can pay 4 times as much for the same made in China stuff”


13 posted on 11/20/2012 7:04:08 AM PST by eXe (Si vis pacem, para bellum)
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To: fatnotlazy
The person who finally helped us was a Walmart greeter.

Walmart has done away with the people greeter.

14 posted on 11/20/2012 7:06:46 AM PST by MrsEmmaPeel (a government big enough to give you everything you want, is big enough to take everything you have)
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To: GOJPN

Please, shop on FRIDAY -— not Thanksgiving. Don’t encourage their early sales nonsense


15 posted on 11/20/2012 7:08:26 AM PST by eccentric (a.k.a. baldwidow)
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To: sheikdetailfeather
Good morning. A little off topic...

Like other people we are in BLOAT mode. Went to Walmart to add to the stores, and the shelves were basically empty. Most common calibers and gauges were all sold out. Anything in 12 gauge (except no. 8), 5.56mm, 9mm, 22 were all gone. Left were a few boxes of 44, 32 and one box of 45.

I asked the salesperson when he expected to reorder, and he stated after Christmas, if then. Sheesh.

5.56mm

16 posted on 11/20/2012 7:11:06 AM PST by M Kehoe
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To: jersey117

YUP!

They need to set up tables on the spot in every location and hand out applications like popcorn!

They WILL get applicants!


17 posted on 11/20/2012 7:19:36 AM PST by SMARTY ("The man who has no inner-life is a slave to his surroundings. "Henri Frederic Amiel)
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To: sheikdetailfeather
Our local news mis-reported that the walk out was because the workers didn't want to work on Thanksgiving day.

They had several "man on the street" customers that kept saying, "The employees should be able to spend Thanksgiving with their families" and "I agree with the workers. They need to spend the day (Thanksgiving) with their families. Never did the reporter mention the walk out wasn't over working on Thanksgiving but on Black Friday.

There was one guy (hispanic!) that actually said the day is for giving thanks and the employees should be thankful they have a job as many don't!

My opinion? If they don't like the work hours, find another job. No one is forcing you to work there. My son (many years ago when he was in high school) had to work on Thanksgiving at McDonalds. It was just part of his job.

These "Santa Clause" voters need to grow up!

18 posted on 11/20/2012 7:20:07 AM PST by CAluvdubya (We're doomed....)
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To: fatnotlazy
Some years ago, a friend and I, on a road trip, got really lost. The person who finally helped us was a Walmart greeter.

No more greeters. Nobody to help you get a cart and their parking lots are more like obstacle courses because nobody collects their damned carts. Try asking for sales help on the sales floor some day.

19 posted on 11/20/2012 7:23:06 AM PST by pgkdan (We are witnessing the modern sack of Rome. The barbarians have taken over.)
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To: pgkdan

You sound like a Union Organizer, we have greeters at all the Walmart’s I’ve been at in Arizona and New Mexico.

When they opened the Walmart near San Francisco they had over twenty thousand applications for 465 job openings. It sure sounds like the only ones with a problem is the Commie/Union Thugs!

If your aggrieved status runs so deep, why not shop somewhere else?


20 posted on 11/20/2012 7:42:58 AM PST by DeweyShootem
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To: DeweyShootem
You sound like a Union Organizer,

Screw you pal. If you had a clue I'd bother to debate you but it's obvious you don't.

21 posted on 11/20/2012 7:57:12 AM PST by pgkdan (We are witnessing the modern sack of Rome. The barbarians have taken over.)
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To: Zhang Fei
I don't understand why people single out Wal Mart

I don't get it either.

I buy ammunition at WalMart. Same stuff at better prices than anywhere else.

I buy automobile oil and other fluids at WalMart. Same stuff at better prices than anywhere else.

Virtually everything I buy at Walmart is the same products I would otherwise buy somewhere else, but at better prices.

Am I any better off buying my shooting supplies at Dick's, my auto supplies at Autozone or the rest of the stuff at Kmart, or Target, or wherever?

They're open 24 hours, so I can shop at night when the stores are quieter (and I'm not working). The stores are large and stock a wide variety of products. I just don't see why so many single out WalMart when they're doing exactly what everyone else does, they're just better at doing it.

My favorite part is that every time you shop there, a little union demon loses his pitchfork.
22 posted on 11/20/2012 8:01:59 AM PST by chrisser (Starve the Monkeys!)
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To: pgkdan

So you must be a Liberal, out of ideas so the name calling begins.


23 posted on 11/20/2012 8:02:31 AM PST by DeweyShootem
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To: DeweyShootem
So you must be a Liberal, out of ideas so the name calling begins.

Not only clueless but irony impaired too, I see. Stick to arguing with your kids, that's more your speed.

24 posted on 11/20/2012 8:05:50 AM PST by pgkdan (We are witnessing the modern sack of Rome. The barbarians have taken over.)
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To: sheikdetailfeather

Am I the only one who thinks that Walmart, and all the other stores, are destroying Thanksgiving? All of these retail workers are taken away from their families to work through the night for Black Friday. FedEx has ads for Christmas delivery now. All their drivers and package handlers are going to have to work on Christmas morning so people can get their late-mailed trinkets.

Sunday shopping was bad enough but this stuff is getting out of hand.


25 posted on 11/20/2012 8:09:15 AM PST by Straight Vermonter (Posting from deep behind the Maple Curtain)
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To: pgkdan

Suspicions confirmed! Ah Ha!


26 posted on 11/20/2012 8:13:07 AM PST by DeweyShootem
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To: Straight Vermonter

Where I live, the local news showed people already camped out for Black Friday (Thursday). They’ve been there since last Friday. If they nerd a bath or a bite to eat, they have people to hold their place for them. It’s insane.

I haven’t shopped on Black Friday in years. In fact, I don’t go near a retailer (except the supermarket or pharmacy) from now till about January 5. I don’t shop for Christmas anymore. It’s too expensive and it tarnishes the true meaning of the holidays.


27 posted on 11/20/2012 8:21:52 AM PST by fatnotlazy
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To: Straight Vermonter

No, I feel the same way. I am VERY against places opening for shopping on what used to be a time for families only. Yes, I know that some people have to work (in my high school, college and grad school days, I worked nearly every holiday), but shopping for Christmas isn’t a good reason. Now - if I worked at Walmart and it came down to keeping my job, I would work, but ...


28 posted on 11/20/2012 8:21:59 AM PST by Patriotic1 (Dic mihi solum facta, domina - Just the facts, ma'am)
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To: pgkdan

Stores that sell Chinese junk..

Walmart.
K-Mart.
Sears
True Value
Ace
Hobby Lobby
Lowes
Home Depot

And thousands of others. You can run but you can’t hide from Chinese goods.


29 posted on 11/20/2012 8:22:17 AM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar (The parasites now outnumber the producers.)
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To: MrsEmmaPeel

***Walmart has done away with the people greeter. ***

They have been moved farther inside the store, but they are still there.


30 posted on 11/20/2012 8:25:21 AM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar (The parasites now outnumber the producers.)
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To: chrisser

“Am I any better off buying my shooting supplies at Dick’s, my auto supplies at Autozone or the rest of the stuff at Kmart, or Target, or wherever?”

In my case, I buy my auto stuff at Autozone instead of Walmart because Autozone is within walking distance of my house. Of course I know this doesn’t apply to most of us...


31 posted on 11/20/2012 8:27:40 AM PST by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (Democrats are evil. Republicans are stupid.)
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

At the Walmart near my house, for some reason the “greeters” are stationed at the exit. Go figure...


32 posted on 11/20/2012 8:29:28 AM PST by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (Democrats are evil. Republicans are stupid.)
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar
And thousands of others. You can run but you can’t hide from Chinese goods.

True enough but Wal Mart is nearly 100% a chinese junk shop. They're the ones who really planted the chinese flag here and for a company that represents 2% of the GNP, they're place in the market swamps all the rest that you listed...combined.

If you want to shop at Walmart, be my guest. I'm forced to go there occaisionally, and I hate every second I'm there. (yes forced...I'm 30 years married and have learned to sometimes just do what I'm told) But don't pretend that they're some great bastion of free market conservative values. They're not.

33 posted on 11/20/2012 8:32:05 AM PST by pgkdan (We are witnessing the modern sack of Rome. The barbarians have taken over.)
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To: pgkdan

I just bought a nice gift for my adult daughter at Walmart. Made in USA.


34 posted on 11/20/2012 8:34:01 AM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar (The parasites now outnumber the producers.)
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To: ZirconEncrustedTweezers
In my case, I buy my auto stuff at Autozone instead of Walmart because Autozone is within walking distance of my house

I actually have an Advance that's within walking distance (about a 20 minute walk).

Once I was doing the brakes our truck and my wife took the other car. No problem, I'll just walk up to Advance and get new rotors.

I discovered an odd property with brake rotors - they get progressively heavier the further you have to walk with one in each hand. I was sore for days afterwards.
35 posted on 11/20/2012 8:34:26 AM PST by chrisser (Starve the Monkeys!)
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To: Straight Vermonter
Am I the only one who thinks that Walmart, and all the other stores, are destroying Thanksgiving?

They're doing their part but it's nothing compared to the part that the idiot shoppers who show up days in advance and camp oiuyt of the sidewalks. Truth is, too many people care more about getting an extra 5-10% off some piece of electronic crap that nobody really needs than they do about spending time with their families, honoring national traditions and customs and praising God. It's a real shame. I pity the fools who do this and I feel embarrassed by them and for them every year.

36 posted on 11/20/2012 8:37:33 AM PST by pgkdan (We are witnessing the modern sack of Rome. The barbarians have taken over.)
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To: MrsEmmaPeel
“Walmart has done away with the people greeter.”

Too bad. Many of the seniors hired by wal-mart as greeters were courteous and helpful. Manners seem to be disappearing.

37 posted on 11/20/2012 8:42:26 AM PST by Huskrrrr
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To: pgkdan

Wal-Mart can fold, for all I care - after donating to B.O. campaign....
going Galt...
shrugging
DIY
barter


38 posted on 11/20/2012 8:44:13 AM PST by nevermorelenore
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To: pgkdan

There is plenty of blame to go around. I for one will not be a part of an of it.


39 posted on 11/20/2012 8:53:02 AM PST by Straight Vermonter (Posting from deep behind the Maple Curtain)
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To: pgkdan
Didn't know that. I don't have a Walmart nearby and I don't drive, so my trips to Walmart are few and far between. But I have no animosity toward the company. It has low prices for a reason. I could go to Macys and have someone cater to my every whim, but I have to pay a lot for that service. And sure, Walmart merchandise is made in foreign countries, but thanks to unions, similar merchandise made here can't compete from a cost standpoint.

If I was buying, say, a fancy party dress, yes, I'll buy that at an upscale store. But why should I pay a hundred dollars for some designer jeans at a department store when I can buy a decent pair of no name jeans at Walmart or some place similar? Jeans are jeans. I don't need a designer name emblazoned on my posterior.

Until the government starts telling us where to shop, I'm not boycotting Walmart or anyone else.

40 posted on 11/20/2012 9:03:33 AM PST by fatnotlazy
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To: pgkdan
Didn't know that. I don't have a Walmart nearby and I don't drive, so my trips to Walmart are few and far between. But I have no animosity toward the company. It has low prices for a reason. I could go to Macys and have someone cater to my every whim, but I have to pay a lot for that service. And sure, Walmart merchandise is made in foreign countries, but thanks to unions, similar merchandise made here can't compete from a cost standpoint.

If I was buying, say, a fancy party dress, yes, I'll buy that at an upscale store. But why should I pay a hundred dollars for some designer jeans at a department store when I can buy a decent pair of no name jeans at Walmart or some place similar? Jeans are jeans. I don't need a designer name emblazoned on my posterior.

Until the government starts telling us where to shop, I'm not boycotting Walmart or anyone else.

41 posted on 11/20/2012 9:03:42 AM PST by fatnotlazy
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To: sheikdetailfeather
I won’t participate in Greed Thursday’s openings,

In a free society,the consumer is king. Greed and selfishness of business owners operate through the profit motive,the uniformity of profit principle, and the price system to drive businesses to try to please the consumers.Businessmen try to anticipate any shifts in consumer demand ahead of their rivals. If they are wrong, and if the consumers fail to make Greed Thursday profitable, then businesses would stop doing it. An assault by unions against working on Greed Thursday is an assault on the power of consumers in a free market.

42 posted on 11/20/2012 10:39:39 AM PST by mjp ((pro-{God, reality, reason, egoism, individualism, natural rights, limited government, capitalism}))
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To: pgkdan

At the Walmart where I shop, everytime I’ve needed assistence they’ve been very helpful, even walking with me to an item I asked about on the other side of the store.


43 posted on 11/20/2012 1:35:16 PM PST by TwoSue
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To: TwoSue

Good for you...


44 posted on 11/20/2012 1:40:32 PM PST by pgkdan (We are witnessing the modern sack of Rome. The barbarians have taken over.)
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To: MrsEmmaPeel
Walmart has done away with the people greeter

Not in my little central PA town they haven't.

45 posted on 11/20/2012 2:35:03 PM PST by tomkat (a million tiny cuts .. add yours daily .. be creative)
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To: bereanway

Is he even involved with the Wal-Mart company, or just an idiot 3rd gen rich guy who inherited it? I know he’s on the board of the Environmental Def Fund.


46 posted on 11/20/2012 2:39:29 PM PST by nascarnation (Baraq's economic policy: trickle up poverty)
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To: ZirconEncrustedTweezers

The greeters are a line of defense against shoplifting.
Probably a cost-effective strategy.


47 posted on 11/20/2012 2:42:16 PM PST by nascarnation (Baraq's economic policy: trickle up poverty)
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To: nevermorelenore

Let’s have some more info on WM’s donations please?
Limbaugh tried to sell that line on his show today and was quickly corrected.


48 posted on 11/20/2012 2:47:05 PM PST by nascarnation (Baraq's economic policy: trickle up poverty)
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To: nascarnation

He’s tha Chairman of the Board. I don’t know if he’s involved at all in the day to day operations.

These 2nd and 3rd gen heirs tend to jump the rails pretty consistently. Inherited wealth somehow tends to really screw people up. Just destroys any semblence of common sense.


49 posted on 11/20/2012 2:51:21 PM PST by bereanway
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To: bereanway

I think you’re confusing:

S. Robson Walton (CEO)

with

S. Rawlings Walton (Obama donor)


50 posted on 11/20/2012 3:19:38 PM PST by nascarnation (Baraq's economic policy: trickle up poverty)
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