National Anti-Walmart Black Friday Protests Attract Fewer Than 50 Actual Walmart Employees

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This holiday season there’s been a significant amount of backlash from some quarters over the retail industry’s efforts to market their “black friday” sales. And while the encroachment on holiday friend-and-family time is certain driving consternation from some, big labor’s efforts to glom leverage those feelings into backlash against Walmart, specifically, seems to have been a colossal flop.

Walmart notes that there were protests at just 26 of their roughly 1,000 national locations, and those protests included roughly 50 actual Walmart employees in total:

The National Labor Relations Board said Friday that due to the ‘complex’ legal issue, it will issue a ruling next week on Walmart’s request for an injunction against union-backed worker protests at store locations on Thanksgiving night and Black Friday.

But while the NLRB considers the request, the world’s largest retailer called this year’s Black Friday a success even though union-backed protests broke out at some locations over worker conditions and wages. …

Walmart said in a statement Friday that stores saw larger crowds then last year. The company also downplayed the number of protests and called it a “union-funded publicity stunt.”

“Only 26 protests occurred at stores last night and many of them did not include any Walmart associates,” the store said in a statement. It estimated that less than 50 associates participated in the protests.

That the unions attract so few actual Walmart employees to their cause, despite their ceaseless organizing and media campaigns, might speak to just how satisfied most Walmart employees are. I suspect that a lot of Walmart employees are either a) not seeing their jobs at Walmart as careers but rather employment stepping stones while in college or similar situation or b) perfectly satisfied with the work rules and compensation levels they’re already getting from Walmart.

There’s no conspiracy against the unions and their efforts to unionize Walmart. What’s working against the unions is that the Walmart workers themselves just don’t seem all that interested in unionizing.

Not that the unions don’t think they’re entitled to those dues anyway.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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