Walmart Workers Plan Big Black Friday Strikes

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In twelve weeks, on the busiest shopping day of the year, Walmart workers will mount what may be the biggest-ever US strike against the retail giant. In an e-mailed statement, a campaign closely tied to the United Food & Commercial Workers union promised “widespread, massive strikes and protests for Black Friday,” the day after Thanksgiving. A Black Friday strike last year, in which organizers say over 400 workers walked off the job, was the largest and highest-profile action to date by the union-backed non-union workers’ group OUR Walmart, and the largest US strike in the company’s five-decade history.

http://www.thenation.com/blog/176054/walmart-workers-plan-widespread-massive-strikes-and-protests-black-friday-2013#

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Talking Minimum Wage Initiative in San Diego

LABOR MAY PUSH MINIMUM WAGE BALLOT MEASURE LABOR MAY SEEK WAGE INITIATIVE

Measure to raise local minimum faster than state law could be on February runoff ballot

        By              Mark Walker 12:01 a.m.Sept. 28, 201

SAN DIEGO —  Local labor officials say they may push a ballot measure to increase the minimum wage in the city of San Diego and target it for the likely mayoral election runoff ballot in February.

The idea has been broached with city officials, but no firm plans have been presented.

A minimum-wage initiative could boost turnout among lower-income voters, potentially favoring a Democratic candidate.

Richard Barrera, secretary-treasurer of the San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council, said raising the minimum wage in San Diego faster than scheduled increases approved by the state is the goal.

“We have identified this as a priority for the labor movement and for all working families,” he said Friday. “We believe the state law is a step in the right direction, but we would like to see it get to $10 an hour faster than before January 2016.”

Labor also wants to tie increases to the city’s cost-of-living index, a figure determined by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The statewide minimum wage is now $8 an hour. A new law signed by Gov. Jerry Brown this week raises it to $9 on July 1 and to $10 an hour on Jan. 1, 2016.

Mickey Kasparian, head of the county’s largest union, the United Food and Commercial Workers Union, said organized labor has long discussed bringing forward a minimum-wage hike. But a specific proposal is still being developed, he said.

for the rest of the story:

http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2013/sep/28/tp-labor-may-push-minimum-wage-ballot-measure/

Walmart’s Dickensian Internal Pay Policy Revealed – Poverty is Policy

via Huffington Post:

“The company website declares that “a job at Walmart opens the door to a better life” and “the chance to grow and build a career.” But interviews with 31 hourly workers and one former store manager reveal lives beset by paychecks too small to handle the bills, difficult to manage part-time schedules with hours subject to constant change, and little reason to hope for career advancement. Citing fear of losing their jobs, most spoke on the condition of anonymity.

The testimonials of these workers are confirmed by Walmart’s official compensation policy, an internal company document obtained by The Huffington Post, titled the “Field Non-Exempt Associate Pay Plan Fiscal Year 2013.” The plan details a rigid pay structure for hourly employees that makes it difficult for most to rise much beyond poverty-level wages.

Low-level workers typically start near minimum wage, and have the potential to earn raises of 20 to 40 cents an hour through incremental promotions. Flawless performance merits a 60 cent raise per year under the policy, regardless of how much time an employee has worked for the company.   As a result, a “solid performer” who starts at Walmart as a cart pusher making $8 an hour and receives one promotion, about the average rate, can expect to make $10.60 after working at the company for 6 years.

The Walmart pay plan is organized around seven levels of job difficulty for hourly workers, called Position Pay Grades (PPGs), ranging from cart-pushers (Level 1) and cashiers (Level 3), to cake decorators (Level 4) and customer service managers (Level 6). Each subsequent pay grade offers 20 to 40 cents more than the previous level, according to the document. This means that the base rate of pay for a top hourly position at Walmart, like a check-out supervisor, is $1.70 more than that of the lowest paying job.”

pdf of walmarts pay policy http://big.assets.huffingtonpost.com/Walmart_0.pdf

complete article at:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/16/walmarts-internal-compensation-plan_n_2145086.html

Hundreds of Walmart Workers Walk Out – Federal Way, Washington Nov. 15, 2012 VIDEO

update fri 11/16 Wal-Mart filed an unfair labor practice charge against the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, or UFCW, asking the National Labor Relations Board to halt what the retailer says are unlawful attempts to disrupt its business.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/16/us-walmart-union-idUSBRE8AF1DB20121116

update worker actions spread to Texas http://www.thenation.com/blog/171299/walmart-strike-takes-texas-organizers-promise-massive-black-friday-protest#

businessweek http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2012-11-16/wal-mart-workers-black-friday-strike

via KOMONEWS.com

http://www.komonews.com/news/local/Walmart-workers-threaten-to-strike-on-Black-Friday-179589451.html?tab=video&c=y

FEDERAL WAY, Wash. — Hundreds of Walmart workers walked off the job on Thursday, and the employees are now threatening to strike on one of the biggest shopping days of the year.

Walmart workers are not unionized, but growing unrest over what they call low wages, shortened hours and few benefits has some of the employees threatening to strike.

VIDEO:

http://www.komonews.com/news/local/Walmart-workers-threaten-to-strike-on-Black-Friday-179589451.html?tab=video&c=y

More Photos http://www.federalwaymirror.com/news/179590821.html

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