Saturday, November 24, 2012

Walmart’s mathematically-challenged Jedi Mind trick: Only 50 Workers Took Part In Black Friday Strike

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November 24, 2012

Walmart strikers and their supporters have been in the news, because of their potential impact, not just on Black Friday, but in the future. This is the rise of the worker, against bad Corporate behavior toward their own employees. Walmart should be afraid — afraid enough to twist the truth. Walmart alleges only 50 workers took part in the strike.

On the busiest shopping day of the year, Walmart was hit with a massive protest and staff walkouts in 46 states, even in Dallas, Texas, where their love for unions is vacant. Alan Grayson personally escorted one worker out, so according to Walmart, that would leave 49 more.  This leaves us with a simple math problem to work out — of those 46 states, 1,000 protests were organized so, Walmart alleges that only a fraction of a percentage more than one person walked out in each state. With 1,000 protests sweeping across the States, we’re supposed to believe that only 50 workers took the day off, to strike, or from illness. For any sane American to believe that, the corporation in question would have to be one that is very good to their workers — or at least decent, meaning, not Walmart.

FYI: Walmart has a lengthy history of lying.

The Guardian reports:

“Only 26 protests occurred at stores last night and many of them did not include any Walmart associates,” said Bill Simon, Walmart’s US president and chief executive officer. “We had very safe and successful Black Friday events at our stores across the country and heard overwhelmingly positive feedback from our customers,” Simon said.

He added that the retailer estimated less than 50 Walmart workers had taken part in the protests. “In fact, this year, roughly the same number of associates missed their scheduled shift as last year,” Simon said.

But protesters disputed the retailer’s numbers.

Dan Schlademan, director at lobby group Making Change at Walmart, said “hundreds and hundreds” of workers were taking action.

He said as a result of protests, Walmart workers had seen their employment terminated, threatened with having their hours cut and that the labor board was now investigating 35 specific violations of the national labor relations act.

From vetting the hashtags on Twitter alone, one could conclude the Walmart is again full of crap. Updates by workers were tweeted and retweeted for all to see.

By safe, Walmart must mean this. 

Or this, which is the opposite of safe — this video highlights greed in those that chose to shop on Black Friday, where getting a bargain trumped standing up for your fellow man and woman. Bad karma strikes as shoppers appear to be eating their own.


Walmart’s average annual pay of $20,774 is below the Federal Poverty Level for a family of four. As reported here, employees can work at Walmart for decades before they make much above minimum wage.

tl;dr: We don’t believe you Walmart– with the exception of a few fringe right wingers on Fox Nation, that is.