What’s the Deal with Walmart

Josh Eidelson has a super readable narrative of what’s been happening with workers and Walmart in past months: ““I feel hopeful,” says [Kate Bronfenbrenner, who directs labor education and research at Cornell University], “and I haven’t felt hopeful about Walmart workers ever before.”

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WaityKatie (#1,696)

I just want to say that I’m really glad that you post about labor issues here. Too many young, educated people think unions are passe or irrelevant to their interests, don’t understand them, etc., and it’s so good to see this stuff being talked about in the mainstream!

@WaityKatie Yeah we need to change the narrative from “Unions are so greedy, demanding X when I don’t even have X at my job!” to “Hey, how come I don’t have X at my job?”

deepomega (#22)

@stuffisthings Except pensions. Nobody should have pensions.

@deepomega Billfold article idea: deepomega debates Otto von Bismarck.

faustbanana (#2,376)

@stuffisthings Right on. The former is so indicative of the defensive, suspicious attitude the American worker has been encouraged to take on in regard to their peers. It’s kinda sick, really.

deepomega (#22)

@stuffisthings I would do that thing. I will not stop until all pensions are trampled beneath my feet.

WaityKatie (#1,696)

@deepomega Yes, god, those greedy old folks with their desire for guaranteed income!

deepomega (#22)

@WaityKatie Did I use the word greedy? Pensions are bad because they are promises against future earnings, not because I don’t want old people to have things. Pensions are what took down Detroit, because it is too easy to promise that your company will pay for things in 30 years. They’re what’s crashing and burning California, where public workers get 6 figure pensions for life after retiring at 50.

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