Strategy Behind Walmart Workers' Walkout

Employees at the store on San Leandro's Hesperian Boulevard are at the center of a campaign with far-reaching ramifications, one expert says.


Last week workers at the Walmart on Hesperian and Lewelling Boulevards took part in a symbolic walkout that challenged the 50-year-old non-union chain and threatened new activism in the holiday season.

What do workers want?

Labor historian Nelson Lichtenstein tells In These Times magazine that the top issue isn't pay:

"One of the competitive advantages of Walmart is their ability to deploy labor in ways that they refer to as “flexible.” Come in tonight, work three hours tomorrow, etc. For the workers, this is chaos. So a serious organizing success would be if, in the next six months, workers get more predictable shifts, or if store managers think twice before moving someone around from shift to shift."

Read the full interview.

See more Patch coverage of local involvement in the unionizing effort.

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Moy Salas October 14, 2012 at 04:51 PM
BOYCOTT ALL WALMrts all!!! Ztand with pride with the workers
Ken Briggs October 14, 2012 at 09:18 PM
walmart , should open up a home for baby sitting and child care if they want to nsplit a shift in two work periods . that how they get around from not having full time help . the next walk out you guys have let me know I help you out and walk the line .
Donna Soares October 16, 2012 at 01:08 AM
I'm still shopping there. I don't care what these rabble rousers say.
Ken Briggs October 16, 2012 at 01:26 AM
Donna , you would care if YOU have kids at home and your baby setter has her hours and then walmart tells you to work just at the time your butt does not have a babysetter. so what what are you going to do ? walmart is cheap and getting cheaper . only if you knew the whole story . Sorry Donna I do notknow the whole story , but when a few other store are doing it , then something is wrong .
Ken Briggs October 16, 2012 at 12:15 PM
This is tuesday morning , give all walmart full time jobs . make the help happy .
Walmart Employee October 16, 2012 at 06:50 PM
Walmart is wrong in several ways when it comes to their employees. From low salaries to 3 1/2 daily shifts. Not let me mention how some Walmart Managers are so unorganized, like McComb, MS. It's is completely sad to know that Walmart is America's largest retail & pay only 10 cents above mininum wage & only give .40 cent raises every year. I say Boycott them all. So WALMART can understand what SAM WALTON always believed in, which is that the EMPLOYEES are the HEART of the COMPANY. I'm sure he is turning over in his grave to see what's going on.
Ken Briggs October 16, 2012 at 07:29 PM
let the help work full time , if this walmart want to do mothing but have part time help then they should have a day care center for the help . that would be great for the people that shop also , then the little brats do not need to run all over the store and tear things up .


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