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Fail: Lone Union Worker Walks Out of Walmart

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In an inspiring example of Union Fail, the planned union walkout on Walmart during Black Friday led off with a one-employee walkout at a Walmart in St. Cloud, Florida on Wednesday. The walkout was led by – and entirely constituted by – Vanessa Ferreira, 59. She told her manager that she was going on strike. The other workers watched her leave, shrugged, and went back about their business. The police then warned Ferreira for trespass.

Ferreira has worked for Walmart for eight years in the cakes department, where she decorates cakes. But she says that her wages are too low – at nearly $12 per hour – to survive on. Which, of course, begs the question of how she’s been living on those wages for eight years.

“They pay low wages, then the taxpayers pick up the tab for food stamps and Medicaid,” said Ferreira. “They need to take care of their people. They need to be responsible to their workers.”

Huffington Post tried to champion Ferreira as a brave soul:

Whatever strikes hit Walmart stores this Friday, it's likely only a small, perhaps miniscule fraction of the retailer's 1.4-million member U.S. workforce will take part. And though news footage may show boisterous gatherings by activists outside stores, the more daring acts of protest will have been undertaken by individual workers like Ferreira who walk out when there are no TV cameras around. In recent days, it became clear that if she went on strike she would probably do so alone.

But even Ferreira acknowledges that the other Walmart employees say she doesn’t speak for them, and are annoyed by her theatrics.

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by on Nov. 23, 2012 at 8:22 AM
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Heather_309
by Member on Nov. 23, 2012 at 12:34 PM
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What I am getting at is a decent paying job is very hard to come by. Leaving a job without having another job lined up is not the smartest decision. $12 an hour can get you buy if you budget well, you may not have the nicest house or car but you're not killing yourself in debt either.

I was blessed with a good paying job and it was a struggle getting there. I just can't see leaving my job with no other means of income lined up. If she is married and has a DH to support her. Fine. There are people losing jobs everyday who would be greatful for anything even if it is minimum wage.


Quoting Veni.Vidi.Vici.:


Quoting Heather_309:



12 an hour for baking cakes????



....and she complains it isn't enough for her to live on?



Well I hope she enjoys loving on $0 an hour!

It's clear that her standards are different then your own. That doesn't mean your standards are appropriate for every person.


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lga1965
by on Nov. 23, 2012 at 12:40 PM

 How does she manage to be a cake decorator at Walmart and not belong to the Bakers' Union?

My daughter belongs ....they have to be a member of the Bakers' Union to work there at the Super Value grocery store.

So, Walmart would be able to  screw the employees who have no Union backing or help? Grrrrreat.

But I still wouldn't be making a "grand statement" by walking out.She should havd applied for jobs and waited until she was hired before walking out of Walmart. Pretty dumb thing to do.

Veni.Vidi.Vici.
by on Nov. 23, 2012 at 12:48 PM
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Quoting Ziva65:

$12 is I'm sure far above the minimum wage there.

Tell me, no offense anyone, but how is being a cashier or a stocker, require a skill that is above minimum wage. I think $12 is pretty good. Does time in a job automatically equate to dollars? To me it's the value of the job.

One reason I'm not in this group much, watch the nasty attacks people will do here for this post. I think people want a socialist country- regardless of the job they "deserve" high wages... um, no, not in my opinion.

Thanks Candlegal for posting this. I think though in other cities they did go on strike, saw it on the news a few minutes ago-

It's not about what duties and tasked are performed for the wages. I also can't disagree that $12 hourly is pathetic by any means.

Cost of living varies by area.

What I see when I read this article is that you're damned if you do or you're damned if you don't. Businesses shouldn't be a slave to their employees and be held hostage for benefits and/or wage increases, at the same time employees shouldn't be constrained by their employers in an oppressive economy.

Should a person feel empowered to have employment? Sure! Should employers be more rational and reasonable regarding its employees? Absolutely.

I am so tired of the word socialism being thrown around and used in a stigmatizing way. I find it impossible to believe that YOU SPECIFICALLY haven't contributed to 'socialism' in one way or another. 

This country is driven by the haves, not the have-nots. The have-nots want what the 'haves' have. People in this country have lost site of living within their means. However, if we all learn to live within our means and meagerly then we will topple our economy by under spending and that means people will lose their businesses, their jobs and their livelihood.

One thigs for sure. The dsgruntled people who love to bitch and moan and point fingers at others will cotinue to do just that. People will continue to seperate themselves from others and cause a greater divide then there already is among americans. It's a whole lot easier to say how you feel and acuse people of contibuting to things like 'socialism' then it is to take a step back and make changes in their own lives and stop worrying about decisions other people will be making.

Veni.Vidi.Vici.
by on Nov. 23, 2012 at 12:54 PM
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Quoting Heather_309:

What I am getting at is a decent paying job is very hard to come by. Leaving a job without having another job lined up is not the smartest decision. $12 an hour can get you buy if you budget well, you may not have the nicest house or car but you're not killing yourself in debt either.

I was blessed with a good paying job and it was a struggle getting there. I just can't see leaving my job with no other means of income lined up. If she is married and has a DH to support her. Fine. There are people losing jobs everyday who would be greatful for anything even if it is minimum wage.


Quoting Veni.Vidi.Vici.:


Quoting Heather_309:



12 an hour for baking cakes????



....and she complains it isn't enough for her to live on?



Well I hope she enjoys loving on $0 an hour!

It's clear that her standards are different then your own. That doesn't mean your standards are appropriate for every person.


What I'm about to say has zero to do with you as a person and everythig to do with the concept of gratefulness.

Gratefulness should be a very personal thing IMO. I am quite tired of other people suggesting to me or others what they 'should' be grateful for.  IMO it's the self righteous bemoaners who need to shut their yaps and get on with their lives.

candlegal
by Judy on Nov. 23, 2012 at 12:59 PM
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absolutely agree with the part in red

Quoting lga1965:

 How does she manage to be a cake decorator at Walmart and not belong to the Bakers' Union?

My daughter belongs ....they have to be a member of the Bakers' Union to work there at the Super Value grocery store.

So, Walmart would be able to  screw the employees who have no Union backing or help? Grrrrreat.

But I still wouldn't be making a "grand statement" by walking out.She should havd applied for jobs and waited until she was hired before walking out of Walmart. Pretty dumb thing to do.


sweet-a-kins
by Emerald Member on Nov. 23, 2012 at 1:05 PM
Quoting jaxTheMomm:

According to this, http://www.alternet.org/labor/walmart-retaliates-against-black-friday-activists, she is a member of OUR Walmart, and walked out after being disciplined for the first time in her career.  She believes she was being disciplined because of her involvement with OUR Walmart.

She also finally did it because she could afford to due to her husband's income. 

She filed a complaint with the National Labor Board, and WalMart now states the trespassing order had been givin "in error".

FAIL, WalMart.





Good for her!

As usual the OP makes a disgusting political post

Shocking...not

SandyLaxner
by Bronze Member on Nov. 23, 2012 at 2:32 PM
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Walmart pays too little.  OK.  How much would be enough?Give me a $ amt.  Who should decide it?  Why stay at a job 8yrs if you do not think you make enough money?Since when does working at Walmart become your "career"?It is a starting place-why did she not go to school,earn a degree,get a better job,have her own business decorating cakes?  Where are you guaranteed a wage to raise a family?Don't have kids UNTIL you can afford them.  Lots easier just to take care of yourself on $12/hour.

Quoting ButterMeUp:

I agree with her and it's sad the other employees were too afraid or didn't care enough to join her. 12 dollars an hour, after working at a place for 8 YEARS, is ridiculous. You can not survive on that, let alone raise a family. People say they are sick of "welfare leeches" but it is corp.s like walmart, who can afford to pay their workers more, who often help to keep these people in the cycle. Walmart turned over 8 billion last year. They are so greedy. They over work their employees and pay them skimpy wadges. It's sad. I will protest them by taking my business else were. I can afford to pay a little extra and I encourage those who can to do the same. 


Billiejeens
by Gold Member on Nov. 23, 2012 at 3:59 PM
Quoting Ziva65:

$12 is I'm sure far above the minimum wage there.


Tell me, no offense anyone, but how is being a cashier or a stocker, require a skill that is above minimum wage. I think $12 is pretty good. Does time in a job automatically equate to dollars? To me it's the value of the job.


One reason I'm not in this group much, watch the nasty attacks people will do here for this post. I think people want a socialist country- regardless of the job they "deserve" high wages... um, no, not in my opinion.


Thanks Candlegal for posting this. I think though in other cities they did go on strike, saw it on the news a few minutes ago-





Great points, should come here more often!



michelleinfl
by Member on Nov. 23, 2012 at 4:04 PM

I went on a job interview and when they asked what pay I was looking for I answered that I needed at least $12.00 an hour. The man literally laughed and told me he just let another lady go that worked for him for about 10 years because he was paying her $13 an hour and he knew he could hire someone to do that job for about $8-9 an hour. My guess is she would have rather been paid $9 than to be let go and not have any money coming in. I know that $12 is not really great pay, but it is more than min. wage and definitely more than nothing.

DixieL
by Dixie on Nov. 23, 2012 at 4:10 PM
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My son worked for Sam's Club for seven years, and they are a part of Wal Mart. They treat their employees really bad. My son worked in every part of the store. He knew how to do everything. When they were short in a department, they would put my son there. The different managers he had promised him the world and they gave him nothing. Everytime there was a COS position was open, which is something like a manager, they would promise it to him, and then they would give it to someone else. He finally couldn't stand it anymore and gave his notice. He now has four days left. Thank God.

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