WalMart - Store closing over unionising, Boycott called


View Poll Results: Will you join me in a boycott of WalMart?
Does WalMart get its market dominance fairly? 4 66.67%
Are you okay with employee abuses if it makes the prices lower? 2 33.33%
Voters: 6. You may not vote on this poll

Karlin
#1
Is the WalMart store in Quebec being closed in order to make the store profitable, or is it union busting?

Most of us think it is union busting, bullying, domination tactics.So do other unions, and they have called for a boycott of all WalMart stores in Canada.

More details here: http://pweb.jps.net/~dcasner/SFSAWal...UnionStore.htm

There is a lot of "abuses" and hard tactics WalMart uses to keep unions from forming, to keep wages low, to squeeze employees as much as possible for the edge in the market.

The capitalist ideal where market economies must strive to lower prices is not what is going on here - WalMart has gone beyond that in all its stores. From the bullying out of competition thru various deals for land and taxes to the way it treats employees, we can start to see that WalMart is not good for our communities and economy.

Here is a partial list of complaints from the website link above:

Walmart Facts:

WalMart employs approximately 720,000 people. Of that number, A MAJORITY of them QUALIFY FOR FOOD STAMPS. Yes folks, you, me, all of us, are providing welfare to a majority of WalMart employees, and in essence to WalMart itself. That means that WalMart is responsible for providing poverty level wages to at least 360,000 workers, and their families...but the number is much larger. And the figure includes not just part-time employees, but all full-time employees, as well.

WalMart also provides NO affordable Health-Care.

For every job that WalMart creates in a community it displaces from 2 to 5 existing jobs, many that formerly provided benefits.

WalMart employs approximately 100,000 workers in other countries to manufacture goods sold in WalMart stores. The majority of those jobs qualify for sweatshop status. Much of it is forced labor, such as in China. Of that 100,000, many are children.

WalMart gets special tax-breaks in most of the cities that they move into, tax-breaks that are not afforded the smaller "Mom & Pop" stores and other business that they eventually run out of business. Many of the former business owners are then forced to go to work for WalMart for poverty level wages, with no benefits.

WalMart likes to advertise its goods as "made in the USA". The truth is, most of their goods are manufactured whole or in-part by sweatshop or forced-labor in other countries.

Any WalMart employee who gets "caught" exploring "in any way" the possibility of bringing a union into WalMart is immediately fired. Only one WalMart store is unionized--that is in Canada where they have much stronger labor laws.

WalMart's labor practices are, of course, against the law, and they have lost numerous unfair labor suits brought against them by former employees--but they persist in their practices.

And now...WalMart is planning to go into the grocery Super-Market business, with the same business ethics and unfair labor practices that they are famous for.

So...how much are you willing to give up for a cheap bag of groceries? Careful before you answer, because it could be a whole lot more than you imagine. But then, if you're read the information contained on this page you already know.

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K -
There, that tells me something is wrong with WalMart.
Consumers are finding they have fewer options to shop with WalMart in their towns - other stores are gone, along with their local owner/management people.

I for one PLEDGE TO AVOID WALMART STORES until they are unionised and address some of these other issues too.

.. will you too?

Karlin

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American "protest WalMart" website :
http://www.mtaflcio.org/
 
Karlin
#2
Is the WalMart store in Quebec being closed in order to make the store profitable, or is it union busting?

Most of us think it is union busting, bullying, domination tactics.So do other unions, and they have called for a boycott of all WalMart stores in Canada.

More details here: http://pweb.jps.net/~dcasner/SFSAWal...UnionStore.htm

There is a lot of "abuses" and hard tactics WalMart uses to keep unions from forming, to keep wages low, to squeeze employees as much as possible for the edge in the market.

The capitalist ideal where market economies must strive to lower prices is not what is going on here - WalMart has gone beyond that in all its stores. From the bullying out of competition thru various deals for land and taxes to the way it treats employees, we can start to see that WalMart is not good for our communities and economy.

Here is a partial list of complaints from the website link above:

Walmart Facts:

WalMart employs approximately 720,000 people. Of that number, A MAJORITY of them QUALIFY FOR FOOD STAMPS. Yes folks, you, me, all of us, are providing welfare to a majority of WalMart employees, and in essence to WalMart itself. That means that WalMart is responsible for providing poverty level wages to at least 360,000 workers, and their families...but the number is much larger. And the figure includes not just part-time employees, but all full-time employees, as well.

WalMart also provides NO affordable Health-Care.

For every job that WalMart creates in a community it displaces from 2 to 5 existing jobs, many that formerly provided benefits.

WalMart employs approximately 100,000 workers in other countries to manufacture goods sold in WalMart stores. The majority of those jobs qualify for sweatshop status. Much of it is forced labor, such as in China. Of that 100,000, many are children.

WalMart gets special tax-breaks in most of the cities that they move into, tax-breaks that are not afforded the smaller "Mom & Pop" stores and other business that they eventually run out of business. Many of the former business owners are then forced to go to work for WalMart for poverty level wages, with no benefits.

WalMart likes to advertise its goods as "made in the USA". The truth is, most of their goods are manufactured whole or in-part by sweatshop or forced-labor in other countries.

Any WalMart employee who gets "caught" exploring "in any way" the possibility of bringing a union into WalMart is immediately fired. Only one WalMart store is unionized--that is in Canada where they have much stronger labor laws.

WalMart's labor practices are, of course, against the law, and they have lost numerous unfair labor suits brought against them by former employees--but they persist in their practices.

And now...WalMart is planning to go into the grocery Super-Market business, with the same business ethics and unfair labor practices that they are famous for.

So...how much are you willing to give up for a cheap bag of groceries? Careful before you answer, because it could be a whole lot more than you imagine. But then, if you're read the information contained on this page you already know.

------------------------------------------------
K -
There, that tells me something is wrong with WalMart.
Consumers are finding they have fewer options to shop with WalMart in their towns - other stores are gone, along with their local owner/management people.

I for one PLEDGE TO AVOID WALMART STORES until they are unionised and address some of these other issues too.

.. will you too?

Karlin

------------------
American "protest WalMart" website :
http://www.mtaflcio.org/
 
Karlin
#3
Is the WalMart store in Quebec being closed in order to make the store profitable, or is it union busting?

Most of us think it is union busting, bullying, domination tactics.So do other unions, and they have called for a boycott of all WalMart stores in Canada.

More details here: http://pweb.jps.net/~dcasner/SFSAWal...UnionStore.htm

There is a lot of "abuses" and hard tactics WalMart uses to keep unions from forming, to keep wages low, to squeeze employees as much as possible for the edge in the market.

The capitalist ideal where market economies must strive to lower prices is not what is going on here - WalMart has gone beyond that in all its stores. From the bullying out of competition thru various deals for land and taxes to the way it treats employees, we can start to see that WalMart is not good for our communities and economy.

Here is a partial list of complaints from the website link above:

Walmart Facts:

WalMart employs approximately 720,000 people. Of that number, A MAJORITY of them QUALIFY FOR FOOD STAMPS. Yes folks, you, me, all of us, are providing welfare to a majority of WalMart employees, and in essence to WalMart itself. That means that WalMart is responsible for providing poverty level wages to at least 360,000 workers, and their families...but the number is much larger. And the figure includes not just part-time employees, but all full-time employees, as well.

WalMart also provides NO affordable Health-Care.

For every job that WalMart creates in a community it displaces from 2 to 5 existing jobs, many that formerly provided benefits.

WalMart employs approximately 100,000 workers in other countries to manufacture goods sold in WalMart stores. The majority of those jobs qualify for sweatshop status. Much of it is forced labor, such as in China. Of that 100,000, many are children.

WalMart gets special tax-breaks in most of the cities that they move into, tax-breaks that are not afforded the smaller "Mom & Pop" stores and other business that they eventually run out of business. Many of the former business owners are then forced to go to work for WalMart for poverty level wages, with no benefits.

WalMart likes to advertise its goods as "made in the USA". The truth is, most of their goods are manufactured whole or in-part by sweatshop or forced-labor in other countries.

Any WalMart employee who gets "caught" exploring "in any way" the possibility of bringing a union into WalMart is immediately fired. Only one WalMart store is unionized--that is in Canada where they have much stronger labor laws.

WalMart's labor practices are, of course, against the law, and they have lost numerous unfair labor suits brought against them by former employees--but they persist in their practices.

And now...WalMart is planning to go into the grocery Super-Market business, with the same business ethics and unfair labor practices that they are famous for.

So...how much are you willing to give up for a cheap bag of groceries? Careful before you answer, because it could be a whole lot more than you imagine. But then, if you're read the information contained on this page you already know.

------------------------------------------------
K -
There, that tells me something is wrong with WalMart.
Consumers are finding they have fewer options to shop with WalMart in their towns - other stores are gone, along with their local owner/management people.

I for one PLEDGE TO AVOID WALMART STORES until they are unionised and address some of these other issues too.

.. will you too?

Karlin

------------------
American "protest WalMart" website :
http://www.mtaflcio.org/
 
peapod
#4
Its union busting...and yes I will support you on your boycott of walmart :P although I never go there anyway
 
peapod
#5
Its union busting...and yes I will support you on your boycott of walmart :P although I never go there anyway
 
peapod
#6
Its union busting...and yes I will support you on your boycott of walmart :P although I never go there anyway
 
jackd
#7
The local walmart manager clearly said yesterday that the store was closing because of the union. I think this store was the first walmart to get unionized in america.
There is a second store, also located in Quebec, that got their union accreditation last month. Management has already threaten the employees that the store will also close if they do not settle their demands on the first company offer.
The local union movements in Quebec are setting-up a massive boycott to take effect this saturday. They said they would even pay any would-be customers not to shop at walmart.
At the store where the closure was announced yesterday, a radio reporter said tonight that he counted 17 customers entering the store, between 9:00AM and 5:00PM.
A local high ranking politician said today he'd be happy to escort the last walmart to the border, saying that we don,t need that kind of corporate citizen.
One thing's for sure, walmart will never ever get one single penny out of me in the future.
 
jackd
#8
The local walmart manager clearly said yesterday that the store was closing because of the union. I think this store was the first walmart to get unionized in america.
There is a second store, also located in Quebec, that got their union accreditation last month. Management has already threaten the employees that the store will also close if they do not settle their demands on the first company offer.
The local union movements in Quebec are setting-up a massive boycott to take effect this saturday. They said they would even pay any would-be customers not to shop at walmart.
At the store where the closure was announced yesterday, a radio reporter said tonight that he counted 17 customers entering the store, between 9:00AM and 5:00PM.
A local high ranking politician said today he'd be happy to escort the last walmart to the border, saying that we don,t need that kind of corporate citizen.
One thing's for sure, walmart will never ever get one single penny out of me in the future.
 
jackd
#9
The local walmart manager clearly said yesterday that the store was closing because of the union. I think this store was the first walmart to get unionized in america.
There is a second store, also located in Quebec, that got their union accreditation last month. Management has already threaten the employees that the store will also close if they do not settle their demands on the first company offer.
The local union movements in Quebec are setting-up a massive boycott to take effect this saturday. They said they would even pay any would-be customers not to shop at walmart.
At the store where the closure was announced yesterday, a radio reporter said tonight that he counted 17 customers entering the store, between 9:00AM and 5:00PM.
A local high ranking politician said today he'd be happy to escort the last walmart to the border, saying that we don,t need that kind of corporate citizen.
One thing's for sure, walmart will never ever get one single penny out of me in the future.
 
Vanni Fucci
Free Thinker
#10
I'd love to vote on your poll Karlin, but it's not very voter friendly...

If I click either option, it would indicate that I am in favour of Walmart's practices, which I am not...so the only option for me is to abstain from voting, to indicate that I am opposed to their treatment of their employees, and pretty much everything else about them...
 
Vanni Fucci
Free Thinker
#11
I'd love to vote on your poll Karlin, but it's not very voter friendly...

If I click either option, it would indicate that I am in favour of Walmart's practices, which I am not...so the only option for me is to abstain from voting, to indicate that I am opposed to their treatment of their employees, and pretty much everything else about them...
 
Vanni Fucci
Free Thinker
#12
I'd love to vote on your poll Karlin, but it's not very voter friendly...

If I click either option, it would indicate that I am in favour of Walmart's practices, which I am not...so the only option for me is to abstain from voting, to indicate that I am opposed to their treatment of their employees, and pretty much everything else about them...
 
Jay
#13
Anybody want to pitch in some money and open up a department sore in Jonquiere, Que.?
 
Jay
#14
Anybody want to pitch in some money and open up a department sore in Jonquiere, Que.?
 
Jay
#15
Anybody want to pitch in some money and open up a department sore in Jonquiere, Que.?
 
missile
Conservative
#16
Happy to boycott those bastards! I would like to see unions police all their membership and any member caught shopping at a Walmart,be outed from the local and ,of course,lose his or her job.
 
missile
Conservative
#17
Happy to boycott those bastards! I would like to see unions police all their membership and any member caught shopping at a Walmart,be outed from the local and ,of course,lose his or her job.
 
missile
Conservative
#18
Happy to boycott those bastards! I would like to see unions police all their membership and any member caught shopping at a Walmart,be outed from the local and ,of course,lose his or her job.
 
peapod
#19
A local high ranking politician said today he'd be happy to escort the last walmart to the border. Yes I am sure they can find lots of mexicans to work for them...we did not need walmart in the past and we don't need it now.
 
peapod
#20
A local high ranking politician said today he'd be happy to escort the last walmart to the border. Yes I am sure they can find lots of mexicans to work for them...we did not need walmart in the past and we don't need it now.
 
peapod
#21
A local high ranking politician said today he'd be happy to escort the last walmart to the border. Yes I am sure they can find lots of mexicans to work for them...we did not need walmart in the past and we don't need it now.
 
missile
Conservative
#22
Heck! The Great Canadian Dollar Store up the street has better quality merchandise than Walmart[and it is all made in China,too].
 
missile
Conservative
#23
Heck! The Great Canadian Dollar Store up the street has better quality merchandise than Walmart[and it is all made in China,too].
 
missile
Conservative
#24
Heck! The Great Canadian Dollar Store up the street has better quality merchandise than Walmart[and it is all made in China,too].
 
missile
Conservative
#25
McDonald's does the exact same thing when someone tries to start a union.As soon as a union gets certified,somehow the store loses it's profitability and closes.These corps hate unions!
 
missile
Conservative
#26
McDonald's does the exact same thing when someone tries to start a union.As soon as a union gets certified,somehow the store loses it's profitability and closes.These corps hate unions!
 
missile
Conservative
#27
McDonald's does the exact same thing when someone tries to start a union.As soon as a union gets certified,somehow the store loses it's profitability and closes.These corps hate unions!
 
Andem
Free Thinker
#28
I'd gladly support your protest of Wal-Mart practice. Infact, I have never shopped at walmart in the past, and plan to never purchase anything there in the future. Infact, in light of the current situation, I would support and endorse a vocal protest to everybody I know who even would shop at walmart.

Thanks for the news!
 
Andem
Free Thinker
#29
I'd gladly support your protest of Wal-Mart practice. Infact, I have never shopped at walmart in the past, and plan to never purchase anything there in the future. Infact, in light of the current situation, I would support and endorse a vocal protest to everybody I know who even would shop at walmart.

Thanks for the news!
 
Andem
Free Thinker
#30
I'd gladly support your protest of Wal-Mart practice. Infact, I have never shopped at walmart in the past, and plan to never purchase anything there in the future. Infact, in light of the current situation, I would support and endorse a vocal protest to everybody I know who even would shop at walmart.

Thanks for the news!
 

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