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Wal-Mart v. Black Friday

Wal-Mart appreciates the hard working that serve, Worth $$$$$ paying minimum what a lot of nerve...

Walmart Black Friday

Is this a correct title well, actually no it ain’t,
But, neither is it as far off as some might think,
The biggest shopping day of every single year,
So does the giant retailer have anything to fear?

27 countries and 69 banners, over 10,000 stores,
Are hourly employees justified in seeking more?
2 million workers serving 200 million every week,
Sales for 2011 reached 443.9 billion as their peak.

Wal-Mart uses the term, “associates” to describe,
Those paid hourly but that’s not true, here’s why,
That term means partner, companion, etc., friend,

Yet they chose Black Friday for a strike to begin?

Wal-Mart appreciates the hard working that serve,
Worth $$$$$ paying minimum what a lot of nerve,
While last years net sales increased by 5.4 percent,
And many of the faithful struggle to pay their rent.

Wal-Mart’s financial position is its ability to grow,
Strong, steady, adding 52.2 million sq. ft, it shows,
In worldwide acquisitions South Africa & the U.K.,
Just over $8.00 an hour is all they can afford to pay?

William Fletcher asked for a move, he hurt his knee,
Then Wal-Mart cut his hours because of the injury,
2005, workers formed a union in Canada’s Quebec,
Wal-Mart closed the store a few months after that.

Jacksonville, Texas, butchers formed a union one-year,
So nationwide Wal-Mart closed that department in fear,
Workers would gain leverage to bargain for better pay,
Year 2,000 and in 2012 they’re still closed to this day.

Black Friday expect 1,000 protests at stores & online,
Once again the monster retailer will be doing just fine,
More disturbing? Their treatment of woman is scary,
Well, sexual harassment abounds in the U.S. Military.

Don’t think for one minute the President will give aide,
Because his wife & two daughters already have it made,
Wal-Mart, Micro-Soft, McDonalds, the big money talks,
While strikers carrying signs in circles continue to walk.

50 thousand signatures v. 50 million continuing to shop,
Ultra-mega discounts and savings will shoppers stop?
Hostess workers called management's "Twinkie" bluff,
Over 18,000 out of work, no pension, now that's tough.

Did the Hostess CEO really receive a 300% raise in pay?
As 160 million in employee benefits has been baked away?
However, news media reports continue to set the blame,
On those at the bottom of the barrel it's downright insane.

By Luke Easter


Luke Easter is a poet who writes about things that are very close to the heart of Another former U.S. Marine, Luke heals the world with an approach that reaches people on a different level, one known for centuries, yet too often forgotten in the one we live in.

We live in a world of social & economic injustice. The main reason for founding America in the first place was to relieve the oppression of the King of England. Patrick Henry said it best, “give me liberty or give me death.” And yet, all too often death seems to be the only way out. Why is there such a high suicide rate especially among teens, in the land of the free & the home of the brave? What makes headlines? Good news? Ha! More depressing stories than anything else. I feel poetry takes an edge off the hurt of bad news while still delivering it but in a, “glitzy” sort of way. Giving a different perspective. Kind of like slap in the face as opposed to a knife in the back. At least with the slap you’ll live to see another day and you will know whom it’s from. I wasn’t here for the beginning of the world but at 59, I just might be here for the end.

Even though it’s still a knife, rhyme poetry helps to dull the blade. And that’s my job. You can write to Luke Easter at:

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Josh Akers November 23, 2012 6:08 pm (Pacific time)

Great poem Luke...

Anonymous November 21, 2012 10:25 am (Pacific time)

Luke why should any business, or any employer be compelled to unionize? Let the free market decide. Look what havoc unions have brought to public employers (us income taxpayers), to the auto industry, Hostess, etc., etc. Yes unions served a very valuable function at one time, but now we have so many different laws, rules and regs, that people have many ways to deal with those employers who cause abuse. Just the same for those who say minimum wages are not a liveable wage, well duh, it is not meant to be. In time if we see outfits like Walmart unionized, then these employers will be compelled to do what others have done, go out of business. Thousands of public employees are losing their jobs weekly because of the lack of taxpayer funds to keep up with union salary and benefits. This tax revenue comes from us in the private market. A new world is coming if we continue this trend of big government, then expect some serious blowback when there are literally millions unable to support themselves and their families. Actually we are at the tipping point now.You Obama voters have been hustled. Limited goverment and individual freedoms from government is what made us wealthy, now we have a downward trend that will continue unless we get the current incompetents out of power. The rich fat cat union heads are also part of the problem. So you think professional athletes should pay more?

DJ: You're living in the eighteenth century. Adam Smith in The Wealth of Nations wrote:

“The masters, being fewer in number can combine much more easily; and the law, besides, authorizes, or at least does not prohibit their combinations, while it prohibits those of the workmen.” 

People join unions because it is to their benefit--higher wages, job protection, benefits, etc. The government has had to step in so-called "right to work" states, to protect the employers from having to offer better pay and benefits, against the workers who make up the vast majority of people. Look at the reality. The people of Western Europe, Scandinavia and Canada, are much better off with unions compared to the American worker, without unions.

What's your refutation other than the mythical American freedom and so-called liberty. 

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