Tag: Criticism of Walmart

The Protests That Weren’t

So I’ve been hearing rumbles of a walkout at Walmart stores on Black Friday. How’d that work out?

“The protest organizers have declined to say how many Wal- Mart associates they expect to be involved in the latest round of actions” says Bloomberg, and while the OurWalmart homepage feed contains lots of pictures of protest groups, there don’t seem to be a lot of actual Walmart employees. In fact, several rather wisful items champion single employees who have walked out of scattered stores. The company estimates that fewer than 50 actual Walmart employees participated, and though of course they have an incentive to undercount, OurWalmart has not given any particular reason to disbelieve them.

I’ve been going through the newswire and keeping seeing this report confirmed over and over again. A few hundred protesters — maybe a handful of actual Walmart employees. Almost all of them are UFCW stooges sent out there to protest and try to unionize Walmart’s 1.4 million employees.

The OurWalmart crowd is hoping this is the first stone in what will become an avalanche. I really don’t see it. Walmart pays decent wages ($8.50-$12 an hour) and hires people who typically have trouble finding good jobs. Every time they open a store, applicants line up to take jobs there. The union crowd and their supporters are simply butting their heads against a stark reality: that vast majority of people do not see Walmart as a bad place to work. I’m sure it seems bad if you’re a student who thinks he’s going to walk into a $100,000 a year deskjob or a you’re a union organizer making six figures. But there are tens of millions of Americans who would jello wrestle a bear for a job right now. And there are worse things in this world than working for Walmart.

I expect we have not heard the last of this. And I expect it will continue to meet with failure.