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    September 25, 2017 at 11:59 pm

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  2. Drawtaru

    September 25, 2017 at 11:59 pm

    Back when I worked at Best Buy we had to take an “e-learning” (kinda like an online quiz) about the dangers of unions which ultimately ended in us having to agree with a statement that unions were bad for business and we would never try to form one.

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  3. Hyrule_Knight

    September 25, 2017 at 11:59 pm

    Half of their training is then yelling at you to not form a union

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  4. iamsortoffakenews

    September 25, 2017 at 11:59 pm

    Isn’t that illegal?

    It’s illegal where I live (granted that’s in theory)

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  5. Belephron

    September 25, 2017 at 11:59 pm

    As someone who isn’t American and who lives in a place (Australia) where the labour movement isn’t super healthy, American companies and executives open disdain and disregard for union movements really shocks me. Like, we have pundits that bang on about “union thugs”, but they’re politicians and commentators. We don’t tend to have business heads doing it as often, like the States does, and we certainly don’t have people being actively discouraged from joining unions, or fired for being in one. Union is almost a dirty word in America, from the outside looking in, and I find that really fucked up.

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  6. norway_is_awesome

    September 25, 2017 at 11:59 pm

    This is part of the reason why Norway’s sovereign wealth fund (largest in the world at $1 trillion, 1.3% of listed companies worldwide and 2.3% of listed companies in Europe) no longer invests in Walmart.

    Edit: More background info on why Walmart is excluded (Norges Bank is the Norwegian central bank):
    > “According to the Council on Ethics’ recommendation of 15 November 2005 *“An extensive body of material indicates that Wal-Mart consistently and systematically employs minors in contravention of international rules, that working conditions at many of its suppliers are dangerous or health-hazardous, that workers are pressured into working overtime without compensation, that the company systematically discriminates against women in pay, that all attempts to unionise by the company’s employees are stopped, that employees are in a number of cases unreasonably punished and locked in, along with a number of other circumstances…”*

    > *“What makes this case special is the sum total of ethical norm violations, both in the company’s own business operations and in the supplier chain. It appears to be a systematic and planned practice on the part of the company to hover at, or cross, the bounds of what are accepted norms for the work environment. Many of the violations are serious, most appear to be systematic, and altogether they form a picture of a company whose overall activity displays a lack of willingness to countervail violations of norms in its business operations.”*

    > The Council, through Norges Bank, wrote to Wal-Mart on 14 September 2005 inviting them to comment on the allegations of complicity in violations of human rights and labour rights. Wal-Mart did not respond to this letter.

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  7. idontkno23

    September 25, 2017 at 11:59 pm

    I had to watch a 1 hour video during my training at (insert furniture company here), which was basically just BS telling everyone why unions are bad and why their structured pay that caps out after 1 year is good.

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  8. DonRodigan

    September 25, 2017 at 11:59 pm

    Was a janitor at Stop & Shop in high school. Next door was Wal-Mart. I would grab all the union info I could find and put it in the hands of my buddy Miro who worked at Wal-Mart. He would discreetly dump them in the break room.

    The infamous Walmart union busting team made an appearance and their investigation never caught Miro.

    Fuck Walmart.

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  9. Science-and-Progress

    September 25, 2017 at 11:59 pm

    It’s a popular mantra for right wingers that their beliefs get them fired at the work place and left wing beliefs don’t. I can’t think of anything an “alt-righter” could say that would get them fired faster than the U word.

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  10. brodiec

    September 25, 2017 at 11:59 pm

    Worked at IKEA once. Spoke casually about union matters in the FIKA room about union issues in the news. Was walked out the following week within my probation no explanation.

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  11. LeapusGames

    September 25, 2017 at 11:59 pm

    Used to work for wal mart. In their orientation for new employees they have a 15 minute video that basically says “unions are bad”.

    I am now a union employee at another company, and while they don’t do much directly in my job I have much better health insurance and job security in this union.

    I was fired from Wal-Mart after discovering my managers were violating company policy by scheduling me 17 of 18 days. Company policy says no more than 6 consecutive days unless you’re a “salaried member of management”. In the process of finding that policy (done using my breaks and spare time in lunches, not interrupting my work) I found that the entire policy book is structured so that:

    1) Bad things are the fault of the part time employee. (Ex. Going over 5 hours before taking your lunch, because you’re a cashier and your manager won’t send a relief. Still your fault.)
    2) Good things were the result of proper management. (Even if said manager was unaware of the “good thing”).

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  12. brandon520

    September 25, 2017 at 11:59 pm

    I got friends and family who lean right and despise the unions. In the past two years, a few have been fired without cause and I have made statements about that’s what happens in these anti-union states. They know it and get quiet.

    If they weren’t able to bounce back or have a spouse that was a good earner, I would feel bad. I get a little bit of a justice boner when the system backfires on them.

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  13. ThoraxTheLorax

    September 25, 2017 at 11:59 pm

    This is funny because a walmart distribution center hires my plumbing company (which is union) for all their plumbing related work.

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  14. Official-Song-Bird

    September 25, 2017 at 11:59 pm

    Used to work for a Walmart, even as a teenager I thought their anti-union training was obnoxiously aggressive. IIRC they had us trained on reacting to workplace violence as a direct result of union involvement – they just painted them out to be borderline terrorist organizations

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  15. itzmonsterz

    September 25, 2017 at 11:59 pm

    And Canada is fighting for our workers rights by telling America to get rid of our “right to work” laws

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  16. LemonadoCandy

    September 25, 2017 at 11:59 pm

    I have a friend who worked for Walmart, and he believed that a union would only hold him back because he worked so much harder than his peers.

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  17. veganveal

    September 25, 2017 at 11:59 pm

  18. 1leggeddog

    September 25, 2017 at 11:59 pm

    In Quebec, There was a Walmart that did this. The staff kept it on the down-low til they were able to unionized quickly before Walmart could put a stop to it.

    In response, Walmart closed the store saying that “*This location is no longer profitable anymore*”.

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  19. Jaded666

    September 25, 2017 at 11:59 pm

    Back in the day, when people were secretly unionizing they would ask their coworkers “Brother, are you coming the the family dinner? ” which was code for secret union meetings. That’s why to this day we refer to our union members as “brother ” and “sister”.

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  20. UwshUwerMe

    September 25, 2017 at 11:59 pm

    Food lion did the same thing in the early 2000’s, they actually closed a few warehouses to avoid becoming unionized. Was the worst time working there, everyone hated everyone else.

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  21. galacticwarzone

    September 25, 2017 at 11:59 pm

    I guess there are good and bad unions. I for one am thankful for my union. I work at a grocery store in Canada and It’s because of the union that I remained there for so long. They are flexible with my school hours and I am at top rate now and make $24ish/hr for stocking and putting away the order. Took about 4 1/2 years part time to reach that rate (4500/hrs). I remember counting down the hours until my final raise (from that union contract) because it was like a $5.00 jump.

    *edit words and things and stuff.

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  22. kevincreeperpants

    September 25, 2017 at 11:59 pm

    ANd if your local Walmart does form a union, they just close the fucking store down…

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  23. 95DegreesNorth

    September 25, 2017 at 11:59 pm

    That’s what they did where I work. 100+ employees, nearly all replaced with temps. No benefits, no raises, min wage. Any complaints or injuries and you are fired. They kept the floor supervisors around and all they do is train new temps.

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  24. monotar

    September 25, 2017 at 11:59 pm

    As a Dane, I guess this is why Walmart never opened up shop here. We have laws preventing this.

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  25. Gnarledreaper

    September 25, 2017 at 11:59 pm

    People should be paid a substantial amount if they find any evidence of anti-union agenda’s at a workplace, and prison sentences along with loss of business licenses for it, it’ll stop pretty quick when executives get thrown in prison.

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  26. ohreddit1

    September 25, 2017 at 11:59 pm

    There has been a concentrated effort since the 80s with the Koch Brothers and Reagan administration to kill Unions. For a number of reasons but the largest being income equality. This effort has been one of the greatest contributors to the wage gap and how the 1% has managed to gain gross profits and separate from the lowest classes at historic rates.
    In the mid-20th century GM was America’s largest employer, unionized and the Effect was the greatest middle class ever seen on the globe. Today America’s largest employer is…Walmart non-unionized and the income gap is only getting wider.

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  27. Washwithbleach

    September 25, 2017 at 11:59 pm

    How does unionization in the global market work. With the amount of immigrants coming in and with the availability to ship factories overseas or other countries that have low living standards, there’s no way the workforce can demand anything.

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  28. Arunninghistory

    September 25, 2017 at 11:59 pm

    There is no joke here, this is literally Walmart’s thinking, along with many other businesses in the US.

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  29. Beanpod0525

    September 25, 2017 at 11:59 pm

    When I started at Wal-Mart, they literally made us watch a video that said if we got a letter in the mail from one and didn’t throw it away, we’d be fired. No explanation how they would know. They’ve made me paranoid and I hardly dare say the word. I once was telling a coworker about that video because she didn’t seem to remember it and when I said the word, suddenly a manager came out of nowhere splitting us up to work separately.

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  30. Door2doorcalgary

    September 25, 2017 at 11:59 pm

    I mean a union is a death sentence for Walmart and Amazon is going for the kill

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  31. Biki911911

    September 25, 2017 at 11:59 pm

    T-mobile is also big on union busting as well as pressuring and firing employees who want to become active. The company even went as far as to create their own internal union called voice of the employee to combat any external union organization. Their internal union is an unethical joke and was used to identify unhappy employees and fire them. As much as T-Mobhell claims to be a fair and pro employee company with lots of benefits, they are in all actuality far from what they claim. Their employees don’t really have a choice because T-MOBHELL tends to pay a bit higher than other entry level call centers and stores in the area that offer the same work, so their employees have to accept their bad business practices and employee mistreatment and intimidation or face not being able to make a living wage or feed and insure their families by taking a similar job elsewhere.

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  32. blackjesus75

    September 25, 2017 at 11:59 pm

    Unionizing seems like the only way to fight back against these big companies. Especially with automation on the horizon. It’s only going to get worse.

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  33. Viking00x

    September 25, 2017 at 11:59 pm

    If you don’t think you need a Union or a contract then do some research about your company and its contracts with it’s CEO’s. Do you get $30 million severance package for being incompetent or a company merger and the new company doesn’t need you? Mine does!

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  34. im_ibi

    September 25, 2017 at 11:59 pm

    6 years i spent working at the WM office. i hated every single day i was there. the work was shit and the management was so fkn horrible. they don’t give a shit about you. i left and i found something i love in the same field for twice the pay. its amazing. fuk walmart. i hope amazon squishes these rats.

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    September 25, 2017 at 11:59 pm

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