Union boss Trumka calls out Walmart for having the audacity to hire veterans

posted at 12:41 pm on May 9, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

Last January, Walmart announced their upcoming initiative to offer a job to any honorably-discharged U.S. military veteran, set to begin on May 27. It was an idea that the White House applauded, with Michelle Obama saying that “Wal-Mart is setting a groundbreaking example for the private sector to follow.”

As you might imagine, the AFL-CIO doesn’t like that at all. Behold, a statement from their president, Richard Trumka, on the “White House facilitating Walmart’s public relations move”:

Walmart’s recent announcement of a plan to hire returning honorably discharged veterans is more about public relations than honoring our heroes. That this effort was valorized by President Obama and Vice President Biden reflects an acceptance of economic failure out of line with America’s history or future.

We owe it to our returning veterans to make sure they are treated as the heroes they are, rather than as symbols used to “greenwash” Walmart’s eroding brand. After facing enemies abroad, is an $8.81 an hour part-time job the best we can offer returning veterans?

Already, working families and our economy are struggling against an epidemic of low-paying, low-benefit, part-time work.  Instead of legitimizing that trend, we need to treat the talents of our veterans—and of all of America’s people—as a critical national resource.

We need businesses in this country to step up and make family-sustaining jobs available to returning veterans. Previous generations of heroes returned from overseas service to critical jobs in manufacturing, construction and public service, jobs that enabled veterans to help build the nation and support families. With the right policies, including those in President Obama and Vice President Biden’s American Jobs Act, we can live up to the standards of our past and empower our veterans for the future.

Er, so what if it’s a PR thing? In this country and in this day and age, it is worth companies’ while to maintain a good public image, and that is very a good thing. The free enterprise system is a version of the most direct form of democracy there is, and dollars are like votes; you can decline to send your dollars to a company whose business practices you disapprove of, and companies are plenty aware of this. It is also good for company’s bottom lines to “be green” and reduce their environmental footprints, to give some of their profits to charity, to sell products that work, and etcetera, but you rarely hear anyone complaining about that.

And find as much fault as you will with Walmart’s low-wage labor, but it’s no secret and people still shop there in droves — because that low-wage labor is directly related to their vastly less expensive products. As Charles Kenny put it over at FP last week:

 More than 1 billion people still live in the borderlands of absolute deprivation, scraping by on less than $1.25 a day. Nevertheless, many have more access to goods and services than they did only a few years ago (even if they’re not yet buying their cassava at the Ouagadougou Walmart). That’s in part because companies around the world have figured out how to make and ship the stuff that poor people want at lower cost, which makes lives better. Call it the global Walmart effect.

There are two ways to help poor people buy more of what they need. One is to help them make more money. The other is to make the money they have go further. And Walmart has proved incredibly adept at that second approach. Take food, for instance. Walmart is the world’s biggest food retailer, and it offers foods at prices considerably lower than those at traditional supermarkets — as much as 25 percent lower, according to economists Jerry Hausman and Ephraim Leibtag. Factor in all the other stuff it sells, and Walmart’s overall impact on its shoppers’ spending power is even greater.

Unions have had longtime beef with Walmart, and it can’t help their mood that union membership across the country is steadily declining. Criticizing Walmart’s very solid initiative as an example of “acceptance of economic failure,” rather than everything that’s actually wrong with the economy (much of it stemming from big-government initiatives, I might add), is just dumb.


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Thug.

And BISHOP!

UltimateBob on May 9, 2013 at 12:43 PM

You know, I hope Trumpka gets a lap band too.
He’ll take up less space when his peers finally bury him under that next fancy stadium.

HornetSting on May 9, 2013 at 12:43 PM

Douchebag Trumpka. What difference does it make?

they lie on May 9, 2013 at 12:45 PM

I would love to watch that piece of crap stroke out.

Flange on May 9, 2013 at 12:45 PM

Them’s starting wages, ya know. Good employees usually go up from that.

Bob's Kid on May 9, 2013 at 12:45 PM

“Walmart’s recent announcement of a plan to hire returning honorably discharged veterans is more about public relations than honoring our heroes.”

(“…unlike my grandstanding here today…”)

–Trumka

dominigan on May 9, 2013 at 12:45 PM

Two words:

“There will be blood”

BobMbx on May 9, 2013 at 12:46 PM

Local grocer Meijer is unionized; my wife worked there for like eight years. She NEVER rose to $8.81 in wages.

Cry me a river, Trumka.

The Schaef on May 9, 2013 at 12:47 PM

When I mustered out of the Navy in the early 70′s, I would have happily accepted a job offer from anyone. Unions played no small part in my inability to find work. Mr. Trumka needs to slither back under the rock from where he emerged. Labor unions have outlived there purpose and usefulness.

oldleprechaun on May 9, 2013 at 12:48 PM

Hey Mr. Trumka! If you think veterans are worth more than $8.81/hour, you’re welcome to hire them with your own money.

If you’re trying to tell Walmart how to manage its own finances, take a hike.

Mohonri on May 9, 2013 at 12:48 PM

Apparently, he thinks veterans are being forced to take these jobs.

CurtZHP on May 9, 2013 at 12:48 PM

Even thugs have become publicity hounds in Obama’s America.

MTF on May 9, 2013 at 12:49 PM

Union Mafia boss Trumka

bazil9 on May 9, 2013 at 12:51 PM

waaaaaaaaaaa

cmsinaz on May 9, 2013 at 12:52 PM

Unions have had longtime beef with Walmart, and it can’t help their mood that union membership across the country is steadily declining

Which is a reason Trumka is so upset. Declining membership means declining dues, which means the means of supporting Trumka’s lifestyle is declining.

Soon, thanks to employers who’s workers aren’t unionized, Trumka might have to start dining at fast food places off the value menu and be forced to consume cups of noodles nuked at home, and forced to have his wife do the family shopping at Walmart.

And that would be a darned shame.

hawkeye54 on May 9, 2013 at 12:52 PM

Ask the veterans.

OldEnglish on May 9, 2013 at 12:55 PM

The Fortune 500 list just came out for 2013.

WalMart, #1. “eroding brand”. LOL

kirkill on May 9, 2013 at 12:56 PM

On that pic, is that the real-life, grown-up Eric Cartman?

Valkyriepundit on May 9, 2013 at 12:57 PM

…rather than as symbols used to “greenwash” Walmart’s eroding brand

If he wants to talk about “eroding brands”, he just needs to look in the mirror. What a maroon!

KS Rex on May 9, 2013 at 12:57 PM

If it wasn’t for the likes of this dirtbag Trumpka and his ilk, perhaps decent companies could pay more, but no, Unionized workers gotta have it all don’t they at the expense of the poor to low middle calls working man and woman…

Shut yer pie-hole Trumpka…

*spit*

Scrumpy on May 9, 2013 at 12:57 PM

calls=class oopsie

Scrumpy on May 9, 2013 at 12:58 PM

After facing enemies abroad, is an $8.81 an hour part-time job the best we can offer returning veterans?

No, but it’s an option for those that want it. They also have the perfect right to NOT take the job.

Options… something a union does not like giving people.

kim roy on May 9, 2013 at 12:59 PM

Short, fat angry man is angry.

BigWyo on May 9, 2013 at 12:59 PM

You know, I hope Trumpka gets a lap band too.
He’ll take up less space when his peers finally bury him under that next fancy stadium.

HornetSting on May 9, 2013 at 12:43 PM

Maybe they can bury him next to Tamerlan.

22044 on May 9, 2013 at 1:00 PM

The PR initiative is strong here, yes. Banks also hire veterans in droves using their service experience in lieu of years on-the-job training.

The dude think these wages are low, (which they are), because he makes like $10 million a year. Then again, if I were a vet and I returned to less than $9 an hour…major depression would ensue.

Makes me wonder why we need all these “initiatives” to hire vets anyway. Are they damaged goods? Are they dumb/useless to begin with? I doubt it, but that is the impression all this PR stuff gives me. More troubling is that many go on disability for life, which also supports their spouses, who never work.

antisense on May 9, 2013 at 1:01 PM

No, but it’s an option for those that want it. They also have the perfect right to NOT take the job.

Options… something a union does not like giving people.

kim roy on May 9, 2013 at 12:59 PM

Damn straight.

antisense on May 9, 2013 at 1:02 PM

I have never seen someone who deserves a boot in the ass more than he does.

SurferDoc on May 9, 2013 at 1:04 PM

Rawr! Trumka smash!

oryguncon on May 9, 2013 at 1:07 PM

Trumka

Communist, period.

PappyD61 on May 9, 2013 at 1:09 PM

I have never seen someone who deserves a boot in the ass more than he does.

Or the kisser. Makes no difference to me.

hawkeye54 on May 9, 2013 at 1:09 PM

Flange on May 9, 2013 at 12:45 PM

Even though I don’t like Trumpka, that was probably a bit much.

VibrioCocci on May 9, 2013 at 1:10 PM

Trumka

Communist, period.

“Progressives” all pushing hard and fast, because the window of opportunity in obtaining their objectives is getting smaller.

The clock is ticking.

hawkeye54 on May 9, 2013 at 1:11 PM

If it wasn’t for the likes of this dirtbag Trumpka and his ilk, perhaps decent companies could pay more, but no, Unionized workers gotta have it all don’t they at the expense of the poor to low middle calls working man and woman…

Shut yer pie-hole Trumpka…

*spit*

Scrumpy on May 9, 2013 at 12:57 PM

Little missy, you are spitting an awful lot today. I feel your pain. :)

HornetSting on May 9, 2013 at 1:11 PM

What union does Trumka think the veterans-turned-Walmart-employees would have joined if they didn’t have any job at all?

J.S.K. on May 9, 2013 at 1:11 PM

Can the fat little pig Trumpka get them UAW union cards? Didn’t think so.

slickwillie2001 on May 9, 2013 at 1:12 PM

Okay, okay, “union boss” is one way to describe him. “Scumbag” is more accurate.

John the Libertarian on May 9, 2013 at 1:12 PM

Why don’t military veterans have first shot at fat cushy overpaid federal jobs, just as a matter of policy?

slickwillie2001 on May 9, 2013 at 1:13 PM

Trumpka hates veterans. Trumpka hates America.

rbj on May 9, 2013 at 1:16 PM

Why don’t military veterans have first shot at fat cushy overpaid federal jobs, just as a matter of policy?

I thought there was a system that the federal government had in place which is favorable to hiring vets.

Of course the really fat, cushy overpaid federal jobs usually go to retired high ranking officers.

hawkeye54 on May 9, 2013 at 1:17 PM

After facing enemies abroad, is an $8.81 an hour part-time job the best we can offer returning veterans?

You got a better offer for them fat boy? Didn’t think so.

And BTW, starting out with a part-time job and some ambition is still a heck of a lot better deal than getting hired on to some job where you have to rely on fat pigs like you for contract negotiations with the boss.

Happy Nomad on May 9, 2013 at 1:17 PM

Why don’t military veterans have first shot at fat cushy overpaid federal jobs, just as a matter of policy?

Then we would be critical of the fat, cushy, overpaid military veterans instead of the politicians with the same moniker.

VibrioCocci on May 9, 2013 at 1:17 PM

I just read where RUGER is coming out with a new firearm in honor of Union Honchos, it is called the THUG.
It never works and can’t be fired.

fourdeucer on May 9, 2013 at 1:18 PM

You know, I hope Trumpka gets a lap band too.
He’ll take up less space when his peers finally bury him under that next fancy stadium.

HornetSting on May 9, 2013 at 12:43 PM

They can give him an enema and bury him in a shoebox.

Ward Cleaver on May 9, 2013 at 1:18 PM

Er, so what if it’s a PR thing? In this country and in this day and age, it is worth companies’ while to maintain a good public image

ja, who actually cares the poor sod veterans anyway.

sesquipedalian on May 9, 2013 at 1:18 PM

Local grocer Meijer is unionized; my wife worked there for like eight years. She NEVER rose to $8.81 in wages.

The Schaef on May 9, 2013 at 12:47 PM

Hey, it’s not all bad. My co-worker’s kid got his first job as a bagger at Meijer. The shock of what he had left after taxes and union dues being taken out was a great life lesson.

Happy Nomad on May 9, 2013 at 1:20 PM

After facing enemies abroad, is an $8.81 an hour part-time job the best we can offer returning veterans?

You got a better offer for them fat boy? Didn’t think so.

He’s upset that a major retailer and employer isn’t wrapped around his finger to whom he can dictate terms for his members, while at the same time siphoning off considerable sums of money from those members’ paychecks to sustain the level of lifestyle and political power to which he has comfortably been acostomed.

hawkeye54 on May 9, 2013 at 1:20 PM

Idiot doesn’t even know what the term “greenwash” means.

Ward Cleaver on May 9, 2013 at 1:20 PM

Okay, okay, “union boss” is one way to describe him. “Scumbag” is more accurate.

John the Libertarian on May 9, 2013 at 1:12 PM

OHHHHHH! The scumbags are not going to like that comparison.

Happy Nomad on May 9, 2013 at 1:21 PM

He’s upset that a major retailer and employer isn’t wrapped around his finger to whom he can dictate terms for his members, while at the same time siphoning off considerable sums of money from those members’ paychecks to sustain the level of lifestyle and political power to which he has comfortably been acostomed.

hawkeye54 on May 9, 2013 at 1:20 PM

Yeah, this really isn’t about anything other than the fact that the unions have not made inroads at major retailers like Wal-Mart and Home Depot. Which makes his faux outrage about the treatment of returning vets all the more disgusting. There isn’t anybody on the left that gives a rip about vets or their needs. Just look at the way the VA treats vets under this President. It can be close to two years in some states before the VA gets around to processing a claim.

Happy Nomad on May 9, 2013 at 1:26 PM

Already, working families and our economy are struggling against an epidemic of low-paying, low-benefit, part-time work. Instead of legitimizing that trend, we need to treat the talents of our veterans—and of all of America’s people—as a critical national resource.

Yet he has no truck with illegal aliens that have taken manual labor jobs (like in construction) that used to belong to Americans, depressing wages in the process. Some of those even used to be union jobs. Hypocrite.

Ward Cleaver on May 9, 2013 at 1:27 PM

Don’t see the unions offering anything comparable.

RonK on May 9, 2013 at 1:27 PM

VibrioCocci on May 9, 2013 at 1:10 PM

I don’t.

Flange on May 9, 2013 at 1:28 PM

ja, who actually cares the poor sod veterans anyway.

sesquipedalian on May 9, 2013 at 1:18 PM

Especially someone like you who sees them alternately as murderers or idiot hillbillies. Take your phony concern and go somewhere else.

Ward Cleaver on May 9, 2013 at 1:30 PM

Since Trumka looks like a gangster, talks like a gangster and acts like a gangster, my guess is that he is a gangster.

bw222 on May 9, 2013 at 1:30 PM

We need businesses in this country to step up and make family-sustaining jobs available to returning veterans. Previous generations of heroes returned from overseas service to critical jobs in manufacturing, construction and public service, jobs that enabled veterans to help build the nation and support families. With the right policies, including those in President Obama and Vice President Biden’s American Jobs Act, we can live up to the standards of our past and empower our veterans for the future.

The unions drove up factory wages to levels that made them uncompetitive, and construction work is done by illegal aliens, which Trumka doesn’t talk about. As for public service jobs, the public sector is already bloated, and the public sector doesn’t grow the economy the way the private sector does.

Ward Cleaver on May 9, 2013 at 1:35 PM

Why does he assume that the only jobs that Walmart has to offer are of the shelf stocker variety? Those jobs are for the truly unskilled. However, each store does require supervisors and managers. Walmart also has oodles of distribution centers and does employ a lot of truck drivers which are full time relatively high paying jobs. Not to mention those they can hire in their headquarters. Trumka’s comments only goes to show just how low he regards our returning veterans in assuming that the only job they would be offered are those near minimum wage ones.

JohnnyL on May 9, 2013 at 1:40 PM

ja, who actually cares the poor sod veterans anyway.

sesquipedalian on May 9, 2013 at 1:18 PM

You’ve hired how many ?

Jabberwock on May 9, 2013 at 1:40 PM

So the government needs to stem the decline of unions? 600K WalMarter have a gun to their poor heads? If I were in a union, the first ting I’d do is get rid of Trunka. May not be dumb; but looks dumb. Next impression, thug. Unions only steal from their members to the fortune of their leaders.

StevC on May 9, 2013 at 2:01 PM

It is also good for company’s bottom lines to “be green” and reduce their environmental footprints

I wouldn’t be too sure of that. I make a point of avoiding businesses that tell me how green they are.

Stoic Patriot on May 9, 2013 at 2:01 PM

Why does he assume that the only jobs that Walmart has to offer are of the shelf stocker variety? Those jobs are for the truly unskilled. However, each store does require supervisors and managers. Walmart also has oodles of distribution centers and does employ a lot of truck drivers which are full time relatively high paying jobs. Not to mention those they can hire in their headquarters. Trumka’s comments only goes to show just how low he regards our returning veterans in assuming that the only job they would be offered are those near minimum wage ones.

JohnnyL on May 9, 2013 at 1:40 PM

Because that’s what was on his script.

Do you really think this fat little a§hole uses terms like “valorized?”

bigmacdaddy on May 9, 2013 at 2:01 PM

Since Trumka looks like a gangster, talks like a gangster and acts like a gangster, my guess is that he is a gangster.

bw222 on May 9, 2013 at 1:30 PM

Many more Mafia connections in the REB’s administration than we know: Penny Pritzker’s Organized Crime Connections

(c/o those Reich-Wingers at el Nacion magazine!)

slickwillie2001 on May 9, 2013 at 2:02 PM

After facing enemies abroad, is an $8.81 an hour part-time job the best we can offer returning veterans?

This is a non sequitur. Nowhere is it stated or even implied that Wal-Mart jobs are all the veterans are capable of, or that it’s all they’re being offered.

What is said, essentially boils down to “Hey, if you need a job, we’ll hire you.” Lots won’t need a job. They’ll get better jobs somewhere else, or they will start their own business, or find some other opportunity. But for those that want a job and are having trouble finding one, Wal-Mart is saying that they can help.

And Michelle agrees:

“Wal-Mart is setting a groundbreaking example for the private sector to follow.”

Clearly, it’s the Obamas hope that other businesses will follow Wal-Mart’s lead here, perhaps those paying more than $8.81 an hour.

Now, a software development company isn’t necessarily going to follow the lead, because it appears that Wal-Mart is offering no real conditions on their offer. For a company like mine, we’d have to offer the “qualified” condition. However, I can guarantee you that if we’re looking at two identical candidates (yes, I know…there’s no such thing), but one is a veteran, my recommendation would be for the veteran.

And no, I didn’t serve. I watched too many “Born on the 4th of July” type movies growing up, and at the time I was disinterested in the military. That’s my loss.

Chris of Rights on May 9, 2013 at 2:03 PM

Could someone bury this fat faced f**k under some concrete?

F_This on May 9, 2013 at 2:05 PM

The last time we raised the minumum wage we had an economic collapse, that’s just a fact.

Wagthatdog on May 9, 2013 at 2:09 PM

Unions only steal from their members to the fortune of their leaders.

StevC on May 9, 2013 at 2:01 PM

You mean that the union members don’t get to “collectively bargain” the pay/benefit/pension packages the leaders get??? That seems fundamentally unjust, and someone should march for the formation of a “union voice” to help balance the power of “Big Union Leader”.
“Hey! Hey! Ho! Ho!..Union Leader monopoly has got to go!!”

Mimzey on May 9, 2013 at 2:09 PM

Hey Dickless T., how many jobs have you created? Other than in your union office?

GarandFan on May 9, 2013 at 2:11 PM

Nice to hear from the Shark Jumpers Local 101.

RSbrewer on May 9, 2013 at 2:15 PM

I suppose he figures some of these vets are better off homeless than working.

kens on May 9, 2013 at 2:16 PM

Didn’t Trumka have lap dance surgery or something?

Sherman1864 on May 9, 2013 at 2:20 PM

Why don’t military veterans have first shot at fat cushy overpaid federal jobs, just as a matter of policy?

slickwillie2001 on May 9, 2013 at 1:13 PM

We do. Disabled veterans (and that includes vastly more than those who lost body parts) have up to a 30% hiring preference for federal civil service jobs (including DoD civilians, Border Patrol, National Forest Service, and on and on…).

One problem is that so many veterans are coming back from the wars that the system is incredibly overtaxed. I left the service in 2008, and first approached the VA in 2009. It took from then until two months ago for me to get my final disability rating. Only now can I BEGIN to look for a civil service job with any real chance of having an equal footing to the other thousands of vets looking for jobs.

Another problem is that due to sequestration and other spending concerns that predate sequestration, many federal civil service jobs are not being advertised/filled. There are plenty of jobs available in healthcare, which is great if you’re a healthcare professional, and plenty of jobs cutting brush/operating bulldozers in podunk nowhere for the Forestry service, but I haven’t seen any of the typical jobs for returning vets (DoD civilians) advertised.

Combine the glut of new vets with a shortage of federal civil service position availability, and vets simply don’t have the traditional secondary career options available to us anymore. It’s a great thing to be able to flash the VA card and get some kind of job, no questions asked, while we’re waiting for things to settle down.

So with all the respect due to the lowest of dirty, thieving, un-American slimes, FU Trumka.

James on May 9, 2013 at 2:36 PM

I would love to watch that piece of crap stroke out.

Flange on May 9, 2013 at 12:45 PM

He might, he’s fat and angry :), not a good combination, his heart for sure doesn’t appreciate it :)

jimver on May 9, 2013 at 2:37 PM

After facing enemies abroad, is an $8.81 an hour part-time job the best we can offer returning veterans?

The only reason most of them are part time now is because of obumblescare. Before that, a lot more of them were full time.

And guess what? That’s a good starting point for a 21 or 22 year old kid with no college, who has been in the infantry for a few years since high school and has fairly minimal skills that DIRECTLY translate into the civilian job market. However, the skills they do have from the military, that civilian employers desperately want/need – like showing up for work on time, wearing the right uniform, following orders, getting the job done right, attention to detail, working well with diverse types of people, not showing up drunk or stoned, etc – WILL lead to quick promotions and raises.

dentarthurdent on May 9, 2013 at 2:38 PM

After facing enemies abroad, is an $8.81 an hour part-time job the best we can offer returning veterans?

Besides – if it’s a part time job, the vet can take advantage of his/her GI Bill benefits to go to school (with living expenses as well) so he/she can get move up into management sooner or get a better paying job.

dentarthurdent on May 9, 2013 at 2:43 PM

How many jobs is Trumpka creating right now? Is he hiring?

guido911 on May 9, 2013 at 2:46 PM

It’s the first I’ve heard of this initiative.

This week, I’m going shopping at Walmart.

Though between you and me, wouldn’t a combat veteran prefer working at Target?

Johnny 100 Pesos on May 9, 2013 at 3:01 PM

Makes me wonder why we need all these “initiatives” to hire vets anyway. Are they damaged goods? Are they dumb/useless to begin with? I doubt it, but that is the impression all this PR stuff gives me. More troubling is that many go on disability for life, which also supports their spouses, who never work.

antisense on May 9, 2013 at 1:01 PM

You make it seem like we wanted to be on disability. You sir are an asshole.

ricnrolle on May 9, 2013 at 3:07 PM

Fat Joe Stalin is angry.

ThePrez on May 9, 2013 at 3:12 PM

if I were a progressive who didn’t honor NDAs I could tell some horror stories in airline industry.
I’ll just say I refuse to fly.

dmacleo on May 9, 2013 at 3:16 PM

The Schaef on May 9, 2013 at 12:47 PM

As of tomorrow, I’ll be making $8.65 an hr. @ Wally. Tomorrow is my 2 year hire anniversary. Next year at this time, I’ll be making over 9 bucks an hour. I NEVER made this much in the union shops.
Trumka can suck it!

annoyinglittletwerp on May 9, 2013 at 3:25 PM

We need businesses in this country to step up and make family-sustaining jobs available to returning veterans.

My favorite Trumka quote. As if businesses should say to vets, “Here’s $50,000 a year. Oh, you got four kids? OK, here’s $60,000. What’s that – you want to live in a high-cost area? Oh, all right, here’s $80,000. By the way… what can you do?”

Marcola on May 9, 2013 at 3:37 PM

I would love to watch that piece of crap stroke out.

Flange on May 9, 2013 at 12:45 PM

I vote for stroke, too……..right in front of Obama during a meal or whatever else two men do together….

avagreen on May 9, 2013 at 4:09 PM

annoyinglittletwerp on May 9, 2013 at 3:25 PM

Did I misread your comment? You’re no longer working for a “local university” in our shared city we both live in? ;)

avagreen on May 9, 2013 at 4:11 PM

Hey, Trumka….don’t you have an underwater coal mine to investigate somewhere, personally.
What a schmuck!

Another Drew on May 9, 2013 at 4:27 PM

avagreen on May 9, 2013 at 4:11 PM

Never worked there. Spawn’s a student. Naw, I’m just a Wally drone. It’s better than robbing banks. LoL

annoyinglittletwerp on May 9, 2013 at 4:27 PM

Big Union needs to be broken up.

tom daschle concerned on May 9, 2013 at 4:29 PM

I vote for stroke, too……..right in front of Obama during a meal or whatever else two men do together….

avagreen on May 9, 2013 at 4:09 PM

These 2 jack@sses wouldn’t know what MEN do together.
“Thay Barky, lets go DO some skeets, and then go shopping for some new mom jeans…”

dentarthurdent on May 9, 2013 at 5:03 PM

As of tomorrow, I’ll be making $8.65 an hr. @ Wally. Tomorrow is my 2 year hire anniversary. Next year at this time, I’ll be making over 9 bucks an hour. I NEVER made this much in the union shops.
Trumka can suck it!

annoyinglittletwerp on May 9, 2013 at 3:25 PM

My oldest son is graduating from college next week, and turned down an offer from Walmart for an Assistant Manager position. Well, I’m not sure he really turned it down. He said they sent him an offer different than what was talked about in his interviews and job shadow, then rescinded the offer, then changed the offer, then possibly rescinded that, then sent him a new employee orientation schedule – without him ever responding to any of it. He said they were just too confused to even consider – so he accepted to go with Enterprise (car rental).

My Mom worked for Sam’s and Walmart many years ago. Got fired from Sam’s for not exceeding her demo quotas by enough, then quit Walmart after being reprimanded for catching a shoplifter at the door.

Regardless, I still have a Sam’s membership and shop a lot there and at Walmart.

dentarthurdent on May 9, 2013 at 5:31 PM

ja, who actually cares the poor sod veterans anyway.

sesquipedalian on May 9, 2013 at 1:18 PM

All right jackwad, how many have you hired lately?

Oldnuke on May 9, 2013 at 6:34 PM

dentarthurdent on May 9, 2013 at 5:31 PM

Walmart’s been good to me+Spawn’s been working there for almost a year. I can’t complain.

annoyinglittletwerp on May 9, 2013 at 7:12 PM

Boo freaking hoo, you corrupt POS. Cry me a river.

Not a big fan of Walmart and a lot of their policies, but this ain’t one of them. Anything that discomfits Trumpka I am a big fan of.

sage0925 on May 9, 2013 at 8:40 PM

ROTFLOL. Wal-Mart reguarly hires trailer park residents with criminal records and you’re bawling about military vets? Give me a break!

MelonCollie on May 9, 2013 at 11:01 PM

Trumka is expressing false outrage. What he really wants is for Walmart to have offered higher than their normal entry-level wages to vet so that he can then hammer Walmart in front of non-vet employees with the “see they can pay more, why don’t they pay you as much” line and try to get them to vote for a union.

Russ808 on May 9, 2013 at 11:10 PM

Trumka is expressing false outrage. What he really wants is for Walmart to have offered higher than their normal entry-level wages to vet so that he can then hammer Walmart in front of non-vet employees with the “see they can pay more, why don’t they pay you as much” line and try to get them to vote for a union.

Russ808 on May 9, 2013 at 11:10 PM

It’s also because like most lefties he loathes the military.

slickwillie2001 on May 10, 2013 at 12:07 AM

Already, working families and our economy are struggling against an epidemic of low-paying, low-benefit, part-time work.

Wait a minute….

Is trumka telling us with this statement that, 5 years into his messiah’s reign, we’re facing an “epidemic” of crappy jobs?

Is there a hostage video in this guy’s near future???

runawayyyy on May 10, 2013 at 12:55 PM

Is trumka telling us with this statement that, 5 years into his messiah’s reign, we’re facing an “epidemic” of crappy jobs?

Is there a hostage video in this guy’s near future???

runawayyyy on May 10, 2013 at 12:55 PM

I don’t get the part about a hostage video, but it should be obvious to everyone but the trolls that we have an epidemic of crappy, low-paying jobs. And as pointed out a few days ago, even IF you manage to combine 2-3 part-time junk jobs to get the same net income, it’s still not the same.

MelonCollie on May 12, 2013 at 1:15 PM