Believe or Not, Walmart Workers Say They Love Their Job
Michigan residents aren't the only people who don't like unions. Apparently, Walmart worker don't either.
Some Walmart workers have created their own group, called Associates Who Love Walmart, to proclaim their love of the discount superstore. They say their aim is to combat union-backed groups like OURWalmart that have been picketing the superstore.
According to the group's website , it was created for associates by associates, and despite a corporate feel to the site, Walmart says it is not funding the group.
The group's Facebook page, which has almost 12,000 likes, is (perhaps surprisingly) filled with praise for Walmart. Associates like Joy Roth Helmuth says she's "proud to work for Walmart. I've been an associate for eight-and-a-half years and have had 3 promotions."
Other people like Paul Spencer, however, have used the page to carry on the discussion over labor movements in the U.S.:
"History is a great teacher. Not everyone knows that the labor movement did not diminish the strength of the nation but enlarged it. By raising the living standerds [sic] of mllions [sic], labor miraculously created a market for industry and lifted the whole nation to undreamed od [sic] levels of production. Those who attack labor forget these simple truths, but history remembers them." -- Martin Luther King
Union-backed groups recently conducted a strike at Walmart stores in the Bay Area and across the country in response to unfair working conditions. They claim the superstore silenced it's critics by firing workers who complained about store policies.
The world's largest retailer, which reported $3.63 billion in earnings last quarter, continues to come under fire for poor labor practices, including low wages and poor working conditions for its employees.
Protests have now spread worldwide as new reports show that the company "played a leading role" in blocking efforts to make reforms at a factory in Bangladesh where a fire killed 112 people.