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The Walmart Strike has spread to 100 cities!
by Steven Argue
Saturday Nov 24th, 2012 3:07 PM
The good news has gotten better for all workers in the United States.
The Walmart Strike has spread to 100 cities!

The good news has gotten better for all workers in the United States. The strike that began at a few California Walmart locations on October 4th has spread to 100 cities in a number of states including Texas, Washington, Illinois, Maryland, Missouri, Florida, Kentucky and Minnesota. Support the Walmart Strikers!

Over the years, while many have said boycott Walmart, I have always answered, "no, unionize it." Of course we should boycott them during the strike, but "solutions" like "voting with our dollars" at so-called "mom and pop stores" have actually never really been solutions. The solution to Walmart's exploitation is not small businesses, it is militant unionism. Due to their smaller profit margins, petite capitalists of small businesses often exploit workers worse than the big ones. The solution in the short run is the building of strong unionism among workers. This will drive up wages and benefits. In the long run, the solution is not small and inefficient businesses, the solution is proletarian revolution that expropriates these the exploiters, big and small, and brings them under workers control, bringing democracy to the use of the wealth created by the working class.

Unionize! Forward towards ending all wage slavery, both by the petite bourgeoisie and the big capitalists! The Revolutionary Tendency is working towards building a revolutionary workers party with these goals. Support the Walmart strikers!

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§Photo: Striking Walmart workers
by Steven Argue Saturday Nov 24th, 2012 3:07 PM
Bangladeshi garment workers (NGWF) in support of Walmart workers in the United States. This union also supported me when I was a political prisoner. Workers of the World Unite!

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by Sick of Socialist Liars
Saturday Nov 24th, 2012 3:29 PM
What a bunch of "whistling past the graveyard" spin. The "snort" strike was not a strike, it was a protest by a bunch of greedy union assholes. The number of Wal Mart employees involved could be counted on one hand. Wal Mart had the biggest black friday ever, and either you are a liar, or just so stupid that you believe what you say. Socialist unions are on the way out, good riddance to bad rubbish.
by Steven Argue
Saturday Nov 24th, 2012 10:40 PM
"Sick and Tired" may like the spin Walmart has pushed in the corporate media, but has failed to show a single lie in my article.

OUR Walmart (the Organization United for Respect at Walmart) reports that several thousand store employees are members and hundreds of them did not report to work during the strike.

“In its 50-year history, Wal-Mart has never seen strikes like those we’re seeing today,” said Lynsey Kryzwick, a spokeswoman for OUR Walmart, which works closely with the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union. “It will be hard for Wal-Mart to ignore all these workers and their allies calling for change at Wal-Mart.”

Eric Lee, president of the Los Angeles chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, pledged the groups support saying, “What’s most inspiring is that we find the workers are standing up themselves for respect, they have the support of our entire community.”
by anon
Sunday Nov 25th, 2012 8:31 AM
Who exactly is lying? Would the Walmart bosses lie about anything?

And if you don't like unions you can give me back your weekend. And your child worker laws. And your eight hour day. And your forty hour week. And your overtime pay. And your paid vacation. And your sick days. And your worker saftey laws.

Better yet, go to work for Foxconn in China for two bucks a day. Let us know how that works out for you and your rice bowl.

by Globalize Protest Not Products
Wednesday Nov 28th, 2012 4:55 PM
globalization of capital forces wages lower. lower wages lowers demand while supply increases. which deflates and destroys the economy.
the rich owners, by pursuing their own short term interests in cutting labor costs, end up destroying the macro economy for everyone including themselves.
the invisible hand of the market eventually puts a gun to its own head.

Wal-Mart works with unions abroad, but not at home