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Maggie Petrova
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Walmart workers are mad. For years, they have faced poverty wages, dangerous working conditions, and unreliable schedules. Full-time Walmart associates can make as little as $15,500 a year -- so hundreds of thousands of these workers are living in poverty, while the Walton family heirs have more wealth than the bottom third of American combined.

And Walmart workers are standing up for their rights. For the past year, they've been organizing and demanding better treatment. But management has offered little beyond but threats and retaliation. So now, Walmart workers are getting ready to go strike on Black Friday, the biggest shopping day of the year.

This strike could be the straw that finally breaks Walmart’s worker-mistreating back -- but only if people know about it. Unfortunately, as usual the mainstream media hasn't paid it much attention.

Carlton Smith, pictured here, is just one example of a worker risking it all to go on strike on Black Friday. He isn’t anyone’s idea of a troublemaker or a rabble rouser. The grandfather of four has worked at a Paramount, California Walmart for 16 years, starting as an overnight stocker. Over the years, Carlton grew frustrated with the way Walmart treated his coworkers, who became like a second family to him. As profits and executive pay climbed higher and higher, Carlton’s friends’ wages shrank and their hours were cut until they could barely make ends meet.

Carlton wanted to stand up for his coworkers, so he joined the Organization United for Respect at Walmart (OUR Walmart, for short), a group of workers that advocates for better treatment. Carlton talked to his fellow employees and did outreach to the community; he flew to Bentonville to talk to CEO Mike Duke and Walton heir Rob Walton about the need for change at Walmart; he even introduced a shareholder resolution protesting over-payment of executives.

But conditions at Walmart remain appalling -- so Carlton isn't giving up. Not even close. Last month he joined hundreds of other workers at Walmart’s corporate headquarters to demand an end to retaliation against workers who speak out. And if things don’t change over the next week, Carlton’s joining the strike on Black Friday.

via SumOfUs.org
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This could have ruined his career... and still may have
http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/breaking/2012/1114/breaking10.html

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Check this out... Mitch (aka turtle) says he has a mandate to not raise taxes... in what universe does he have a mandate?????   +john splater 
If any republicans switch sides and votes for raising tax on anyone, they need to be replaced. The senate and the congress do not need to go to obama, make obama come to them. If companies are going to be hurt with obamas regulations Then they need to move to a country that will help them grow.Maybe even to mexico and take the illegals out of america by building companies in mexico and keeping illegals home.

No woman can call herself free who does not own and control her body. No woman can call herself free until she can choose consciously whether she will or will not be a mother.
                            Margaret Sanger
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