Is Walmart Retaliating Against Workers Who Strike?

Walmart worker Colby Harris on Lunchtime LiveColby Harris had been selling produce for Walmart for four years near Dallas when he decided to participate in a walkout this spring. Soon after, he told AOL Jobs' "Lunchtime Live" Friday, his managers began to snoop on him. "When I come in,
managers come out of nowhere to watch me to see what I am talking about," Harris (pictured at right) said. And in addition to the extra surveillance, Harris also said his managers have changed around his schedule for no reason and have told him the strikes he's participating in are illegal.

Walmart has not responded to requests for comment from AOL Jobs. Harris, for his part, is still employed by the retail giant, but his charge of retaliation is not unique. Last year, there were 37,836 complaints by workers alleging retaliation, according to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Harris has not filed a formal charge. But many Walmart workers -- who have participated in labor walkouts this year -- have, claiming that they've had their hours cut, their workloads doubled and even been fired.

"When workers become active [protesting against Walmart], there's a lot of toleration of harassment," Erin Johansson, the research director for American Rights at Work, a union-backed worker advocacy organization in Washington, D.C., said during the chat. Johansson recently wrote a report documenting 150 cases in which Walmart workers allege that they were punished for participating in labor and wage protests.

"On paper, we all have the right to come together to try and improve standards," she said. "But it is tough."

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Previous generations would be extremely disappointed with the general condition of Today's working class. I know when my father was stuck with a lousy job and bad pay he just worked harder and at times took a second job if that's what it took to pay the bills. Americas' workforce has become conditioned to laziness by government safetynets. Another thing to consider is there are places and industries in the world that have actual issues, I doubt our friend Colby would last 5 minutes in one of the factories in Dongguan.

I think it's important to take lessons from history, people used to actually work in this country and when they did the US was self-reliant and not dependent, we exported things other than debt.

June 06 2013 at 10:51 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

If you think Jacqueline`s story is something,, five weaks-ago my girlfriends sister basically got a cheque for $9546 just sitting there sixteen hours a week from home and the're friend's mother`s neighbour has been doing this for nine months and got more than $9546 parttime from there computer. apply the steps at this site

June 03 2013 at 1:40 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Walmart has moved into small towns and through predatory lowball pricing kills local businesses and jobs with them. So they become the only game in town and can pay low wages and no taxpayers end up subsidizing the Walmart working poor for healthcare and food stamps. People who work for a living should be paid a living wage!

June 02 2013 at 9:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Dave Dunne

So I guess those liberal Collinist should have paid the tea tax!!! Your right they do not have to work there and if we were all skilled and educated, no one would work there and how are you going to find the toilet paper for you to blow your nose and wipe your ass? And you are right if they didn't show up for their schedule time and they are not union they should be fired, but if they picket on their time that is legal. And America is a capitalistic Counrty. we capitalize in profitting on our beutiful land we call our country from the Native American, We didn't want to share with England we created not cheap but free labor bringing slaves to America All for us to be capitalistic and make high profit off backs and lifes of other humans. By your comments we sound pretty well off, some would just like the consideration and get a fair wage,and with most of the comments I have read you do not know what that means and your probably making to much sitting on your butts pushing buttuns and answering phones. Those proffit money grubbing companies could either pay back the working class with better benefits and wages or maybe less price gouging their customers. Do you not realize that these people that run these companies or part of our political system with their fine eductations are the smart people who crashed wall street and they screw the dumb working class again. Capitalist is justified theavery, I guess we should not complain look at all those chinese japanese and korieon products on the shelves of walmart and others. Those products were made by woman and children working 13-16 hours a day for $5.00 a month who are we to complain as long as you get your entitlment for going to collage. if the working class was as smart as you people of higher education,higher incomes, we would smarten up and stop buying, get what we need no special gadgets learn to live without see if that makes a dent in their profits stop keeping up with the Jones 47% can make or break them if we stop buying not working. this companies will crumble they not only count on our business they plan in it. I love Macdounds but I will no long buy their product after complaining about raising the minimum wage 80 Billion or what ever number they have on their sign, that was minimum wage and low income people who was their customers but they foget that

June 02 2013 at 9:13 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Typical for Walmart....low pay....low benefits...While many Waltons are on the billionaire lists

June 02 2013 at 8:35 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Walmart is a starting place, not an ending place. You are supposed to improve yourself and better yourself for more money. More skills and abilities equals more money. THAT is what america stands for. Working for Walmart is not a career, and is not supposed to be one.

These are at-will employees (at least in my state) who can be fired for anything anytime. They are trying to find ways to hang on, like charging their employer with things so that they can stay (presumably in jobs that they do not like). They should be moving on anyway.

June 01 2013 at 11:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Dave Dunne

Walmart is just the Big guy in the news, you think they're the only ones. The answer always go to collage get the eduction to better yourself. That takes money that some do not have, some people are hands on common sense smart not book smart so they are not good canidates for school. And some of the management and supervisors have that education that is half of the problem in the work force of America. How can you effectively supervise or manage people in doing task they have no clue how to do? But they're in charge so do it or your firied. It is a different story when you have to deal with this. I do not like unions and these unskilled,uneducated workers can not afford to pay union dues. Thes people in charge just want to kill unions get rid of over time, medical benefits, Vacation and sick time drop the minimum wage with longer days. All for Profit and their large salaries.

June 02 2013 at 6:26 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
carol lowery

I love the way they have fired a bunch of people and now have self serve check outs where you have to do the work by scanning, bagging and paying for everything you buy but no price reductions considering there are no employees waiting on you. I will never use self serve check outs just so the greedy Walton family can get richer. I also try not to buy to much there if I can find it at a regular grocery store for just a little more. I only buy things that I can save at least a dollar on,

June 01 2013 at 10:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The world was running before Wallu Mart showed up, it will keep right on going the day they close their doors.

June 01 2013 at 7:06 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

Maybe if this guy had a better education he could find a job somewere other than Walmart.

June 01 2013 at 5:29 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Walmart has gotten too big for their own good. They will take a huge fall oneday

June 01 2013 at 4:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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