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DON’T TREAD ON ME – OR MY FLAGS!

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Hat Tip To Firebird@SHE’S Right.

 

TRUCK

 

I often tell people I live 50 miles from Walmart – it gives city folk a point of reference.  The nearest town (the one with Walmart and Lowe’s – thank GOD) is Washington.  In that town is a multi-use structure that can loosely be called a ‘mall’.  And for the last two weeks there has been an ‘issue’ regarding free speech.

Backstory:  Mall employees have a designated parking area.  Kalyn works at one of the stores in the Mall. She also owns and drives a truck with several expressions of her ideas exhibited for others to see, including two large flags—a Confederate Battle Flag and a Second Amendment Flag.

While at work Kalyn was confronted by one Carl Bailey, an employee of the owners of the Mall. He told her she needed to remove the flags from her truck and relocate it or she would be arrested and “taken downtown.” He also threatened to have her truck towed.  She promptly did as told, except for the stickers, which she couldn’t remove until she was at home.  But after further research, she decided NOT to remove the stickers and graffiti.  However, Kalyn told a friend, who called the Beaufort Observer (an online only local news site).  They decided to investigate.

We (The B.O.) talked to Mr. Bailey. He first told us that he told her to move her truck and take the flags down because the Manager of the US Cellular store on the property had called to complain. When we questioned Mr. Bailey if it was the Mall management’s policy to try to control what individuals put on their vehicles he changed his story. We asked him what their policy is and if he was authorized to enforce it. He then said he was just trying to do the lady a favor because he feared that she would be confronted by the complainants, and indicated he feared for her safety and her property. “So you will allow customers who do not like something they see on a vehicle on the property to prevent a person from exercising their free speech?…” we asked. He then insisted that he was only trying to protect her. We then asked if he called security or the police to insure her safety or protect her property. His response was: “No, the police would never do anything…” We subsequently learned the mall has no security staff. We talked to a lady with Pearson Properties, the owner of the mall and later to Joe Pearson, one of the owners. They both said their office never authorized Mr. Bailey’s actions and in fact did not know about it until “US Cellular called.” Mr. Bailey indicated to us that it was the “US Cellular Manager” who called him to demand action.So we called the US Cellular store and asked for the Manager. We were told that “Latoya” was the Manager but that she wouldn’t “be back today.” We asked if they could take a number and ask her to return our call. “I’m not sure when she’ll be back…” was the answer we got to that. We then talked to the “Sales Manager” and he told us to contact the Corporate Public Relations Office. We did that and talked to Melissa McIntyre who knew about the incident but refused to answer any questions. She indicated she would have someone else call. They never called. Instead Ms. McIntyre sent an email that said: “U.S. Cellular is aware of the vehicle in question and it does not belong to any U.S. Cellular associate. Please contact Washington Square Mall for any questions or statement.” We called Ms. McIntyre back and asked her what the US Cellular policy was on how they handled such complaints. “I’m sorry, I can’t answer that, or any other questions.” Classic bunker mentality. (In this business you know when “the rabbit goes to ground.”) We did determine that nothing in US Cellular’s lease gives them authority to manage the parking lots. We also determined that Pearson Properties has no policy against symbolic speech on their property.Read more about Round 1 at this link:
http://www.beaufortobserver.net/Articles-NEWS-and-COMMENTARY-c-2015-07-29-279051.112112-US-Cellular-and-Washington-Square-Mall-trample-freedom-of-expression.html#123

Below this article is a legal commentary on what transpired (also on the link above).  I’ve included one paragraph of THAT that I find particularly pleasing:
But in a practical world, we view this situation, particularly with US Cellular and Mr. Baily (the Mall assistant manager), as political correctness run amuck. Does US Cellular really want to get into passing judgment on the political beliefs of its customers? Where would they draw the line if they used the “someone might be offended” standard? We are a US Cellular customer and we are severely offended by some of the spam that comes into our phone. Is that US Cellular’s responsibility to protect us from that sort of stuff? US Cellular would be well advised to think twice before it decides to try to enforce politically correct speech.

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Unions seek exemption from LA minimum wage law they helped pass

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This is from Fox News Politics.

It is with the union thugs like their DemocRat thug allies a case of do as we say not as we do.

The rules we get passed only apply to others and never us.

 

Union leaders in Los Angeles are being accused of hypocrisy after being caught trying to exempt themselves from a new minimum wage law they tried to impose on others.

For months, organized labor went after companies like McDonalds and Walmart, shaming any business that paid the old minimum wage. Carrying signs saying, “We see greed” and “We are worth more,” union members marched outside businesses and appeared at City Council meetings demanding Los Angeles raise the minimum wage from $9 to $15 by 2020.

“We say, ‘Don’t leave anybody out, don’t cut anybody out, a wage raise for all workers!'” Mary Elena Durazo, the longtime leader of the 600,000-strong Los Angeles County Federation of Labor AFL-CIO, told a cheering crowd of supporters at a recent council meeting.

Yet after pushing through the new wage law, union officials are asking for a waiver that would allow any company that unionizes to avoid paying the minimum wage.

“It was a real surprise that in the 11th hour that labor was saying, ‘well, we basically support a sub-minimum wage if a company decides to enter into collective bargaining,'” Los Angeles City Councilman Mitch O’Farrell said. “And that really is a complete contradiction to what they’ve been saying the last couple of months.”

Councilmen Mike Bonin and O’Farrell are opposing the move.

“It is not acceptable to expect the L.A. City Council to become a vehicle for union organizing,” said O’Farrell. “That is not what we were elected to do and that is not what I will engage in.”

Bonin agreed, telling the Los Angeles Times, “For me, the point of the minimum wage in Los Angeles was to raise wages and lift [everyone] out of poverty.”

What especially angered opponents was unions’ attitude toward others who asked for waivers. Restaurants, nonprofits and businesses with fewer than 25 employees asked for a one-year delay. Unions opposed it, calling the ‘loophole’ unfair to the working poor.

Rusty Hicks — current president of the L.A. Federation of Labor, who replaced Durazo after she left to head a casino-and-hotel worker union — argued, “it is critical that no Angeleno, whether they’re workers or owners of small businesses and nonprofits, is left behind.”

But Wednesday night, Hicks changed his position, telling the council that workers who collectively bargain for wages below the minimum shouldn’t be penalized. He and labor attorney Margo Feinberg say federal law protects workers who choose collective bargaining.

“This is a standard clause to protect basic worker rights,” Hicks said in a statement.

He’s right. Minimum wage ordinances in Chicago, Milwaukee, Oakland, San Francisco and San Jose contain provisions similar to the one labor sought in Los Angeles. The municipal code in San Jose says, “all or any portion of the (ordinance) may be waived in a bona fide collective bargaining agreement.”

Business groups, however, claim it’s a blatant double standard.

“When unions do something like this, it demonstrates that their rhetoric about low wages is hollow,” said the National Federation of Independent Business’ Andrew Wimer. “They seem perfectly willing to see workers paid less if it means getting more power for themselves.”

“The unions are being too cute by half,” added Jot Condie of the California Restaurant Association. “They spent the last few months table-pounding against any exemptions or mitigations to the minimum wage increase — suggesting no one should get special treatment. Now it is clear they recognize the need for those mitigations and have asked for special treatment for themselves.”

O’Farrell said the law is likely to go through without any exemptions, though unions are expected to try again. The local AFL-CIO declined to answer questions submitted by Fox News.

Ten ‘Right Wing’ Companies Liberal Wants You to Boycott

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This is from Freedom Force.

Liberals hate these companies this is the best reason to support them.

 

 

1. Chick-fil-A                                                          

CHicks This one is likely no surprise to you because their anti-gay stance has been in the news quite a bit over the past couple years. But not only are they completely against gay marriage, they also are huge donors to extreme right wing candidates and causes.

2. Hobby Lobby

1024px-HobbyLobbyStowOhioHobby Lobby is another business that has gotten a lot of media attention because of their extreme Conservative views. Hobby Lobby is not only against a woman’s right to choose, but they are also against birth control. After Obamacare was implemented they vehemently fought against the employer mandate for birth control to be included in their insurance policy. They actually took their fight all the way to the Supreme Court….and won.

You know, the really ironic part of this story is that Hobby Lobby and Conservatives claim that they were fighting this mandate because they are so against abortion. But without affordable access to contraception, there will surely be more abortions. I’m not sure that they thought this one all the way through…..((What the writer does not tell her readers is that these contraceptives cause abortions.))

3. Carl’s Jr.

carlsCarl’s Jr. has been notorious for objectifying women in most of their highly sexual and controversial ads. But they also have been huge supporters of extreme anti-abortion causes. And if that’s not enough reason to avoid this fast food restaurant, they are also totally against gay rights. As a matter of fact, gay rights groups actually started calling the food “Bigot burgers” after the company’s founder, Carl Karcher, came out in support for a 1978 proposition which would have allowed school boards to fire any teacher for being gay or for advocating homosexuality. In addition Carl’s Jr. is also a big time donor for Conservative Super PACs and the Republican Party.

4. Walmart

WalmartTestOver the past several years Walmart has consistently gotten into trouble for controversial practices. It is widely known that they pay their employees extremely low wages and are totally against any sort of raising of the national minimum wage. They are also famous for being anti-women. Many of their female employees have continually spoken out about wide-spread discrimination. In 2011 several female employees actually filed a class action law suit against Walmart and took it all the way to the Supreme Court.

Marriot5. Marriott Hotels

Marriott, along with their subsidiary Ritz-Carlton, are major donors to Conservative Super PACs and extreme right wing candidates. Their chairman, J.W. Marriott Jr., has contributed more than a Million dollars to Mitt Romney’s Super PAC, Restore Our Future.

6. Waffle House

Waffle HouseWaffle House is another restaurant run by extreme Conservatives who aremajor donors to right wing causes and candidates. As a matter of fact, 100% of all of their donations went directly to Conservatives. Waffle House’s CEO, Jim Rogers Jr., has been a big supporter of Republican causes for a very long time. In 2006 he joined the finance team for Mitt Romney’s Super PAC, Common Wealth PAC.

Angel Soft7. Angel Soft, Brawny, and Dixie

Angel Soft toilet paper, Brawny paper towels, and Dixie cups are all subsidiaries of Koch Industries, headed by the Koch brothers. And they donate Millions of dollars every year to groups like The National Rifle Association, The National Right To Life Committee, and Grover Norquist.

8. Exxon

ExxonExxon Mobil has a very long history of fighting against the LGBT community. As the Huffington Post reported in 2013, Exxon “has been fighting for years against non-discrimination protection and equal benefits coverage for their employees.” Moreover, as IdentitiesMic reports – “before Exxon acquired Mobil in 1999, Mobile had ‘policies to protect discrimination against gay men and lesbians, and even offered benefits to same-sex couples,’ but Exxon took that all away, according to LGBT news site the Dallas Voice.”

9. Cracker Barrel

Cracker BarrelCracker Barrel is yet another company who has had a long history of racist and anti-gay practices. They have been known to fire employees who did not appropriately display heterosexual behaviors. In 2004, the U.S. Justice Department declared that the restaurant had discriminated against both employees and diners based on the color of their skin or sexual orientation.

10. Urban Outfitters

Urban OutfittersUrban Outfitters has a very well known reputation for being both anti-women and anti-gay. In 2008, the company’s president and founder, Richard Haney, decided to back one of the Presidential nominees. And of all of the choices out there he felt he most aligned with the homophobic Rick Santorum. And in addition this company is also a major donor for extreme Conservative causes and candidates.

VIDEO: Lowe’s Comes Up With Brilliant Response to Obama’s Minimum Wage Hike

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This is from Conservative Tribune.

To remain profitable companies will replace people with machines.

In many cases the machine will be an improvement.

 

It’s clear that liberals will never learn that a massive minimum wage hike is a terrible idea, especially for the poor.

With Obama’s push to make it happen, at least one big box retailer has a very clever answer.

Lowe’s, a large home improvement store similar to Home Depot, is currently testing robots that could easily replace employees should minimum wage hike mandates go into effect under Obama’s rule.

The robots are called ASHBOTS.

They’re autonomous navigational robots that can provide customers with quick information such as where an item is located – one of the most common questions an employee answers daily. (H/T Viral.Buzz)

The robots have what seems like a steep price tag, weighing in at $10,000 – $20,000 dollars each, but they last a decade and are less than the cost of the salary of one employee.

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The math isn’t too difficult.

With regulations and mandates on the rise, these types of customer service robots could be a retailers last hope to remain in business.

What they can’t seem to grasp is that a wage hike of $5 would be absolutely devastating to a majority of businesses – to the point of closing up shop.

Take Walmart for example. Walmart runs their operation on the slimmest profit margin in the business – roughly 3%. That means they average about three cents profit for every dollar spent in one of their stores.

If you take away half of that to pay increased employee labor costs, it would be catastrophic and either they would be forced out of business or their prices would increase, which would hit the poor among us hardest.

That sort of danger is why some states have even banned minimum wage hikes.

But liberals just can’t grasp that concept.

It’s the same situation in the fast food industry. If suddenly restaurant owners are forced to pay employees $15 per hour, do the employees truly believe that people will roll through the drive through paying $14 for a happy meal?

That would also translate to fewer hours and layoffs.

One of the problems is that liberals tend to think business owners are all independently wealthy and bathing in an endless supply of money every night.

Any business owner will tell you how shockingly far from the truth that is.

Liberals don’t understand basic economics because, well, they many of them didn’t progress that far in their educations.

Woman Blames Walmart for Her Poverty; Why Walmart?

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This is from Joe For America.

This woman is obviously a lifelong DemocRat.

 

 

If this woman who wrote for Slate is being truthful, then she is in a very bad situation. She can’t afford her own place and has to sleep on the floor at her son’s house. She also may have colon cancer but can’t afford to go to the doctor.

These are really bad things, but why should her employer be singled out as the responsible party?

When I woke up to see the news, I could hardly believe it: President Obama is planning a visit to the Mountain View Wal-Mart where I work.

But the excitement quickly passed when I found out the store would be shutting down hours in advance of his visit. I wouldn’t be able to tell the president what it’s like to work at Wal-Mart and what it’s like to struggle on low wages, without the hours I need. I am living at the center of the income inequality that he speaks about so often, and I wanted to talk to him about how to change this problem.

[…]

Things have always been tight. After four years working at Wal-Mart in Mountain View, I am bringing home about $400 every two weeks (I’d like to get more hours, but I’m lucky if I work 32 hours a week). That’s not enough to pay for bills, gas and food.  All I can afford to eat for lunch is a cup of coffee and a bag of potato chips. I’ve always done everything possible to stretch paychecks and scrape by. Sometimes it means not getting enough to eat.

But how is it Walmart’s fault that she doesn’t get adequate pay? Walmart only gets customers by selling at low prices. If they raise their prices they will lose business and have to lay ofcustomers  Then this poor woman won’t have any income at all.

Walmart can’t force customers to keep coming and purchasing the same number of goods at higher prices. If it could do so, then it would make sense to blame Walmart for not paying more.

I wanted to tell the president I am scared. I am scared for my health. I am scared for the future for my grandkids. And I am scared and sad about the direction that companies like Wal-Mart are taking our country.

But Walmart isn’t taking the country anywhere. The country is taking Walmart into places it probably won’t survive. All Walmart can do is try to get stuff to sell at prices that are low enough to attract shoppers. The minute the economy gets tough enough that people stop shopping at Walmart, then they will join Borders and Circuit City in the ash pit of history.

Continue reading…


Read more at http://joeforamerica.com/2014/05/woman-blames-walmart-poverty-walmart/#gG6MKG2WtgR5r0DG.99

 

Walmart worker opens fire after losing employee of the month

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This is from Fox News.

A disgruntled son of Obama shoots at a fellow employee

car after not being voted employee of the month.

The son of Obama must have felt playing the race card was

not enough.

Will Sharpton and Jackson the race baiting twins boycott

Wal-Mart?

 

 

 

AFFLUENZA: The New Excuse For Rich Kids Who Kill Innocent People

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This is from Clash Daily.

How much money did this little turds family spend too

help him get away with murder?

This judge needs to be investigated to see if he/ she got

a bribe.

This is not his first alcohol related case .

Victims                                               turd

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Lawyers for 16-year-old Ethan Couch were able to pawn off on a doe-eyed court that “affluenza” was to blame for his stealing beer at WalMart, getting wasted and then plowing his out of control Ford F-350 into a group of folks, killing four.

Affluenza? Please.

For those who’re not hip to “affluenza“, allow me to help you add another word to that ever growing list of PC terms spun by blame-shifting therapists in order to explain away criminal behavior by little Ethans who need to go to prison instead of a luxury rehab in Newport Beach:

Affluenza is a portmanteau of “affluence” and “influenza“It’s the malady of rich kids whose parents never let them suffer the consequences of their bad behavior. In my day we called them spoiled little bastards and the way we’d help them get healed from affluenza is by beating the crap out of them at school when mommy and daddy weren’t around.

According to a defense psychologist, this is what Ethan suffers from and we should feel sorry for this brat. Yep, these wizards postulated that little Ethan was unable to link his criminal/deadly behavior with its being bad due to his parents’ teaching him that wealth buys privilege. Therefore, to impart to him this hard lesson in reality, his parents hired out an expensive law firm that successfully convinced a court that numb-nuts needed rehab versus jail. Wow. Way to go. Lesson learned.

God knows this ain’t the last specious, bullet-dodging word we’re doomed to learn to let evil people off the hook. Mark my word, some redneck is going to die trying to ride one of T.Boone Pickens’ wind turbines after getting all liquored up at Hooters. His trailer trash parents, upon learning it was one of T. Boone’s turbines, smell blood in the water and sue Pickens for not taking into account their sons Dipshitzophrenia that disallows him to time his jump on to the moving blades. That would be the swiftly rotating unsafe blades, mind you.

Hey, losers. Two can play at that game. I say our conservative reps in the House should start getting more vociferous regarding their disdain for BHO and The RINOS. They could blame their new, aggressive outspokenness on a Stercore Tauri Disorder that makes ‘em scream “BS” uncontrollably when those twins trample upon our founding docs.

Silliness aside, we have four dead individuals who lost their life because this punk didn’t have a life; and now walks away unpunished because our land defines deviancy down.

Personally, as you can imagine, I feel no sympathy for Ethan’s made up ailment. No, my empathy begins and ends with the victims and their shattered families who, not only have to live with their loved one’s loss, but they have the additional pain of watching our justice system dole out a comfy sentence to a kid who should swing.
Read more at http://clashdaily.com/2013/12/affluenza-go-excuse-rick-kids-kill-innocent-people/#WqIqEt4PpPkIfQD6.99

 

Cops: Woman pulls stun gun in fight over Walmart shopping cart

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This is from My Fox New York                                                         

A daughter of  Obama uses a Taser on a woman over

shopping cart.

Sadly this will happen more and more frequently.  

Latosha Mathis

NEW JERSEY (MYFOXNY.COM) –

A Thanksgiving shopper is facing criminal charges after police say she pulled a stun gun in a dispute over a shopping cart outside of a Walmart store.

Police say it happened Thursday at about 7:18 p.m. at the Walmart in Linden, N.J.

Officers assigned to the store were alerted to a dispute in the parking lot between two women. An on-duty Linden Fire Department captain on scene monitoring the crowd situation told an officer that one of the women had a stun gun.

Police spoke to a victim, a 42 year old from Staten Island, who told officers that she and another woman were having an argument over a shopping cart when the other woman pulled out a stun gun and activated it in a threatening manner.

Police say the woman with the stun gun, Latosha Mathis, 34, of Elizabeth, N.J. was arrested after officers found the TW-11 stun gun in her purse.

She was charged with illegal possession of a stun gun, and is due back in court on December 6, 2013.  She faces up to 18 months in jail and a $10,000 fine

Read more: http://www.myfoxny.com/story/24102642/cops-woman-pulls-stun-gun-in-fight-over-walmart-shopping-cart#ixzz2mC4MLV9n
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After last month’s shopping frenzy, Louisiana governor looks to strip food stamps from abusers

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This is from Fox News.

The food thieves for the most part were the

sons and daughter of Obama.

How long before the race hustler starts screaming

discrimination and racism?

 

 

The Louisiana governor‘s office said Wednesday night that it would strip food stamp benefits from anyone who took advantage of an EBT card malfunction that in some cases caused an all-out shopping frenzy in some stores across the state, The Advocate reported.

It is unclear how many recipients stand in line to lose benefits for a year, but more than 12,000 received an insufficient funds notice when the EBT card system was corrected on Oct.12, the report said.

“We must protect the program for those who receive and use their benefits appropriately according to the law. We are looking at each case individually, addressing those recipients who are suspected of misrepresenting their eligibility for benefits or defrauding the system,” Suzy Sonnier, the secretary of state at the Department of Children and Family Services, said in a statement.

The frenzy at some stores was likened to the busiest shopping day of the year. “It was worse than any Black Friday,” Springhill Police Chief Will Lynd told local station KSLA-TV.

Shelves were picked clean in a mob scene that left employees rattled. Walmart spokeswoman Kayla Whaling told the station the company made a conscious decision to keep ringing up goods rather than to cut people off.

But when order was restored and the cards began reading properly, it became clear that some customers were out to take advantage of the taxpayer-funded program. One woman had $700 worth of merchandise in her cart and an EBT card with a balance of just 49 cents.

Problems involving Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) cards, the government payments to the poor that are administered by states with the help of private companies, plagued at least 17 states Oct. 10 and 11, creating retail riots. At Louisiana stores in Springhill and Mansfield, cards registered no spending limits, prompting recipients to go on buying binges. Stores, not taxpayers are on the hook for the excess money spent at the locations. It is up to the stores and local prosecutors to determine if charges should be leveled against abusers.

The Advocate’s report says that violators will receive a letter about the disqualification along with how to appeal the matter. In the most severe cases, under Federal guidelines, individuals can lose the privilege permanently.

A worker at a soup kitchen in Alexandria said cutting off food stamps from a family would be detrimental. She said most recipients she sees receive a $25-a-month stipend. She was inside a store when the malfunction occurred, and recalled feeling empathy when she saw the individuals, who otherwise could not afford it, stacking up on food.

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Pulling back the curtain on union front organizations

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This is from The Tampa Tribune.

I am going to borrow a line from Casablanca.

Captain Renault: I’m shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on in here!

I am(not) shocked the United Food and Commercial Workers union is

hiring useful idiots to do their bidding.

I hope to see the day the unions are broken.

 

Over the past year, groups called worker centers — also called union front organizations or UFOs — have launched repeated “days of action” against multiple fast-food and retail businesses, including here in Florida. They have urged non-union workers to go on strike and claim that thousands of employees have walked off their jobs in solidarity. They maintain that a whole new social movement is spearheading these protests.

Although making for good media, the reality hasn’t been quite so grandiose. In fact, the supposedly massive protests and strikes launched against various employers have typically involved a small cadre of paid union organizers and like-minded compatriots from what might be described as the professional agitating class, whose tactics seem intended primarily to satisfy an itch for excitement and generate press. Very few actual workers seem to be participating.

This truth is revealed in public court documents filed in a Florida lawsuit involving the UFO “OUR Walmart,” which portrays itself as an organic movement of Wal-Mart associates. In reality, OUR Walmart is simply an arm of the United Food and Commercial Workers union (UFCW), which has been trying to unionize Wal-Mart for years.

Although there are many UFOs in existence, OUR Walmart is one of the most active, so the court documents provide a particularly relevant example of how these groups operate and what really goes into a typical “day of action.”

First, the public documents reveal that OUR Walmart consists primarily of paid UFCW staff, not Wal-Mart associates. Aside from these professional organizers, the UFCW also brings in interns to provide bodies for demonstrations. The UFCW provides media and public relations support for the allegedly independent OUR Walmart, and drafts the literature distributed by the group. Finally, the UFCW plans, organizes, directs, and carries out OUR Walmart protests.

Second, the UFCW supplements the ranks of its “protestors” with staff from other unions and union-funded allies. For example, planning for a 2012 “strike” at a Florida Wal-Mart was coordinated with the UFCW, UNITE-HERE, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), and Interfaith Workers for Justice. UFCW worked with all of these groups to ensure that their protest would look significant.

Coordination for other Florida protests was carried out with groups such as MoveOn.org. Such coordination was apparently needed — in an email sent during the planning for a Miami demonstration one staffer warned that “turnout will be low,” and in another email a lead organizer plaintively refers to “one” Wal-Mart associate who supposedly wanted to go on strike.

What might be described as amateur pranks are another hallmark of UFOs. During one demonstration, a small group of protesters infiltrated a Wal-Mart store to launch an obscenity-laced “flash-mob.” In another instance, six participants drove a van equipped with a projection camera and speakers into a Wal-Mart parking lot so they could beam self-made movies against an outside wall of the store. Organizers of a November 2012 protest instructed a small group of union staff to “trickle into the [Wal-Mart] lot a few at a time so we don’t tip our hand.” In an email sent to his colleagues, one of those organizers stated: “I like the idea of having customer ‘plants’ leave the [checkout] line to join the action. Are there a few folks we can send over early to stand in line?” Authentic grassroots, this is not.

The public court documents highlight the nature of OUR Walmart’s activities, but they could just as easily describe the numerous fast food protests as well. These so-called strikes have been organized and staffed by the SEIU, one of the country’s largest unions, but also seem to lack much employee support.

Despite the picture painted by the SEIU and UFCW, the various and sundry protest activities sponsored by these unions have yet to spark the desired mass uprising. Long on headlines but short on participants, this seems less a social movement than an outlet for wanna-be revolutionaries.

Glenn Spencer is vice president of the Workforce Freedom Initiative at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. See more at www. workforcefreedom.com

 

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