The folks from Occupy Orange County might need to work on their delivery if they want to get their message across.That third employee is probably more right than he or she knows. The Occupy movement has significant union backing and don't think some of these protest are aimed specifically at non-union employers.
A two minute “flash mob” by members of Occupy’s Santa Ana contingent left some Walmart employees feeling disrespected and confused.
An Occupy protester leads a scripted chant as WalMart customers go about their shopping behind her.
At 5:15 p.m. Tuesday, about 20 protesters gathered near the cash registers at the Walmart at Harbor Boulevard and McFadden Avenue in Santa Ana.
The group began chanting a message intended to convey solidarity with Walmart employees and urging them to skip work on the day after Thanksgiving.
“We believe that it is wrong that the corporation you work for is making you come in to work in the middle of the night when you should be at home with your families,” the group chanted in unison. “It is wrong that their profits soar while you struggle to make ends meet. … We strongly urge you to call in sick on Black Friday.”
The group then marched out of the store chanting “We are the 99 percent.” At least one shopper joined the group and marched out with them, pumping her fist in the air.
Afterward, as the protesters drove away, a handful Walmart employees gathered outside the store’s entrance. One woman called the protest “stupid.” Another said it was “disrespectful.”
A third employee seemed to miss the protesters’ message entirely, thinking they were connected to an effort to unionize workers at the store.
Thursday, November 24, 2011
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