Labor organizers are utilizing the latest in social networking for what they’re calling a “viral” strike against Walmart. This strike is to take place on Black Friday. So if you want to pick up that third LCD monitor at 60% off, I would go to Best Buy instead. Or just Newegg it and never leave your house again.
Supporters of the organizing can also sponsor a striking worker, who might be losing wages because of the strike (actually, they’re definitely going to be losing wages if they’re following the definition of the word “strike”), and have been donating money and grocery cards to organizing groups.
They’ve since created a Facebook app, multiple Facebook pages, a Tumblr and Twitter while using the hashtag #walmartstrikes.
In October a group of “renegade” workers spontaneously went out on their own without any sort of labor group attempting to organize them. They just up and went on strike. In my adopted hometown of Los Angeles, 70 workers struck in the biggest action in Walmart’s 50-year history.
Also, I’ve played Mass Effect 3 and I know what renegade is – with $0 in property damage, I refuse to believe they were all that renegade.
Jamie Way of the United Food and Commercial Workers said “this is what organizing looks like in the age of Occupy.”
I was unaware we were in the age of Occupy. And keep in mind that I’ve been an outspoken Obama supporter since he started his podcast when he was in the first year of his US Senate term. So when I say that I do not approve of calling this the age of Occupy, you know damn well I mean it. My God in Heaven, I do not want anything I have to say, read, write or hear attached to the Occupy movement.
The last straw for Walmart’s workers was the announcement that they were having their earliest opening for Black Friday ever – 8 pm on Thanksgiving Day.