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Union backers stage flash mob at Brier Creek Wal-Mart

Posted September 10, 2013

On Sept. 5 in cities across the country, members of the Organization United for Respect (OUR) at Wal-Mart, a division of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union, helped organize and stage protests at Wal-Mart stores across the country – which included a step-dancing flash-mob style performance from UFCW local 1208’s Step Team at the Brier Creek Wal-Mart.

Sarah Baker, an intern with OUR Wal-Mart who works on the campaign as an organizer, was among those in attendance.

“[Thursday] was part of nationwide actions across the country to put pressure on Wal-Mart to rehire workers they illegally fired,” she said, “and also to put pressure on Wal-Mart to commit to publicly paying their workers a decent wage.”

Baker explained that in 2011, the association delivered a “declaration of respect” to the Wal-Mart headquarters in Bentonville, Ark., which stated that workers be paid a minimum of $13 per hour.

The Step Team, she said, was composed of employees from the Smithfield pork processing plant in Tar Heel who are members of UFCW local 1208. The only current Wal-Mart employee who participated in the Brier Creek protest, she said, was an associate from a store in Elizabeth City, Cheryl Plowe.


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  • mojaintsmall Sep 18, 2013

    If they don't like the job quit because somebody else will take it. mojaintsmall

  • orangemoonlite Sep 17, 2013

    I absolutely despise going to Wal-Mart...the customer service is AWFUL. I think they removed the survey at the register because the comments were always terrible; you know, the one that asked you if your sales associate 'said hello?' or was 'friendly today?'. Perhaps they should work on their social skills before asking to paid more for being rude. Yep, feel the same for them as the fast food workers a couple of weeks ago. EARN IT!

  • mm23 Sep 13, 2013

    North Carolina is an 'at will' state. I wonder what defines 'wrongly fired'

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Sep 12, 2013

    Worked for Walmart from one Christmas to the next. They're one of the worst employers I ever worked for in discriminating against women often giving younger males with no more education promotions over ladies who'd been doing the job a great deal longer, and they also denied cashiers lunches and breaks, often having people punch out and then putting them back on the register under a manager or assistant manager's number to hide it.

    They got sued for that and lost.

    I wonder if they're still doing it somehow though.

    If you go in to one of their stores nowadays, it's very difficult to find an employee that looks happy.

    Wasn't that way when Sam was alive. He must be rolling in his grave to see what his children have done to his company and his stores.