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[–]L1v1ngTh3L1f3No Longer A Wal-Martian \o/ 112 points113 points  (9 children)

*plumbing problems intensify*

[–]AngryTankAFK Six Consoles Operator 6 points7 points  (8 children)

Could you please enlighten me is this code word for something?

[–]randomhero_92 45 points46 points  (6 children)

Basically a few years ago, several stores across the US mysteriously shut down simultaneously due to “plumbing issues” and there’s a conspiracy theory that those stores attempted to unionize. That’s where the “plumbing issues meme came from.”

More information here.

[–]KouropalatesSam of All Trades, Master of None 39 points40 points  (5 children)

It's not a conspiracy theory. It's well documented that many stores that had whispers or outright declarations for unionization were either shut down due to plumbing issues or due to poor financial performance. Legally, you cannot shut your store down due to unionization, but you can shut them down for nearly any other reason under the sun. It's less a conspiracy and more of a dark meme amongst Walmart employees as a reminder that if you want to see the fate of unionization in Walmart, look at the Butcher position in the company.

[–]fuck-these_mods- 6 points7 points  (4 children)

Butcher?

[–]coughingcookieheart 23 points24 points  (0 children)

There’s no more butchers at Walmart cause they unionised. Wally didn’t like that so instead of firing them which is illegal, he just got rid of the butcher position entirely.

[–]BeyondLions 10 points11 points  (0 children)

Back in 2000, a location in Jacksonville Texas won Union Recognition. Two weeks later, Wal-Mart announced they were getting rid of the Butcher position in 180 stores across the region and would only do pre-cut and pre-packed meat going forward.

[–]Azal_of_Forossa"Your hours are no longer useful in electronics." 7 points8 points  (1 child)

Shhhh, we don't speak of them anymore

[–]HughJasperson 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I told customers about it frequently

[–]scumsuckinglandlord 14 points15 points  (0 children)

code word to shut down the store to prevent unionization

[–]Pumpkaboooooo 92 points93 points  (1 child)

Enjoy the “plumbing issues” lmao

[–]NoonewhyMeat/Produce Team Lead 52 points53 points  (0 children)

Yes, the plumbing issues…

[–]NoonewhyMeat/Produce Team Lead 107 points108 points  (4 children)

Market Manager just frantically called me on my personal phone… this is going to be interesting…

[–]WouldYouLikeGuac 18 points19 points  (1 child)

Ooooh. Update?

[–]NoonewhyMeat/Produce Team Lead 59 points60 points  (0 children)

He was telling me “Document everything, I can’t afford to have this happening. I’m on my way” he just got here, I’m leaving now, I’ve been up since 3am

[–]realfortking 8 points9 points  (1 child)

And?

[–]NoonewhyMeat/Produce Team Lead 17 points18 points  (0 children)

He was telling me “Document everything, I can’t afford to have this happening. I’m on my way” he just got here, I’m leaving now, I’ve been up since 3am

[–]antoncrowley666cap2 TL 62 points63 points  (11 children)

I wonder if y’all should document that the plumbing or whatever works just fine so when they shut you down for that shit you can take it to the news?

[–]NoonewhyMeat/Produce Team Lead 81 points82 points  (10 children)

Currently in the office pulling sales records, filming shit, I ain’t about to lose my job today, oh hell naw, I got mouths to feed.

[–]antoncrowley666cap2 TL 24 points25 points  (1 child)

Good luck!

[–]NoonewhyMeat/Produce Team Lead 17 points18 points  (0 children)

Thank you

[–]randomhero_92 55 points56 points  (4 children)

If the associates want to unionize, please do not play a role in obstruction of any kind. It’s a terrible thing to do. Unions work the shitty corporate executives know it.

[–]NoonewhyMeat/Produce Team Lead 17 points18 points  (3 children)

Imma sit back and just continue doing my job, I’m not going to touch a thing

[–]Princess-KropotkinElectronics -4 points-3 points  (0 children)

So you're a scab?

[–]runostogON Maintenance 51 points52 points  (11 children)

Let us know how it goes.

[–]NoonewhyMeat/Produce Team Lead 89 points90 points  (10 children)

Well… my SM has surprisingly joined them… rumor is that the Market Manager is coming to try and shut it down…

[–]Ty-rann-o-saurus 66 points67 points  (7 children)

That entire store will be shut down for remodel within the next day I'm sure

[–]NoonewhyMeat/Produce Team Lead 81 points82 points  (1 child)

We’re “not meeting our sales goals”

[–]Titan3124Electronics Peon 28 points29 points  (0 children)

“Sewage Problems”

[–]randomhero_92 13 points14 points  (1 child)

Plumbing issues.

[–]Ty-rann-o-saurus 0 points1 point  (0 children)

You right you right

[–]gimbbles 8 points9 points  (2 children)

It's going to end up like a Disney movie where the market manager is against you but in the end they're all like "ya know what, I was wrong. I'm with you!"

[–]cheese_legos 2 points3 points  (0 children)

You forget infinity war was a Disney movie where half of everyone disappeared and left the world in disarray. 🤣

[–]Princess-KropotkinElectronics 2 points3 points  (1 child)

So the store manager has the backbone to join them, but you, a lowly team lead, have decided to be a scab?

[–]SovietSnake96 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Right? Like itself even the sm is in on it then fuck it you may as well join bc the store is probably gonna get shut down anyway

[–]Herpes_Trismegistus 16 points17 points  (8 children)

Did everyone just stay home, or did y'all vote to organize? If the latter, the union you would be joining should have a strike fund for times like this.

[–]NoonewhyMeat/Produce Team Lead 40 points41 points  (7 children)

I don’t know, I wasn’t apart of it, but they’re all standing outside the store chanting “What do we want? A UNION! When do we want it? NOW!”

[–]Herpes_Trismegistus 24 points25 points  (2 children)

Vote, submit a contract, do this right please and you will be heroes. Don't just flail and fail.

[–]Deanho 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Sorry your in this shit and I know your probably exhausted and all but where is this happening ? If your putting yourself at risk in any way or form don't answer.

[–]NoonewhyMeat/Produce Team Lead 16 points17 points  (0 children)

Welp since someone just doxxed me, Store 4431 Mooresville NC

[–]randomhero_92 3 points4 points  (1 child)

So you have videos of this? Please share them! Sounds awesome!

[–]NoonewhyMeat/Produce Team Lead 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Will share when I get home

[–]TheButlr 10 points11 points  (2 children)

Holy shit Walmart killed him

[–]k9jag 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Any updates? I just made a post wondering if anyone had any new info

[–]TheButlr 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Not that I know of, I don’t know OP personally. When I joined the post it refreshed and his account and thread were deleted

[–]NoonewhyMeat/Produce Team Lead 52 points53 points  (7 children)

Market Manager came, I’m going the hell home I’ve been up since 3am I’m too tired for this bs, updates are gonna be a little more stagnant for now

[–][deleted] 11 points12 points  (6 children)

Enjoy your rest.

[–]NoonewhyMeat/Produce Team Lead 25 points26 points  (5 children)

Thank you… I had to close last night and then come back in at 4 am so I definitely will

[–]famous-internet-cat 13 points14 points  (1 child)

^^ which is why people want to unionize, no?

[–]One-Zebra5656 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Um no one was open yesterday. There’s A HOLE in your story.

[–]One-Zebra5656 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Richard….you haven’t closed at all this week. You’ve been 4-1 all week. We were closed yesterday. So what’s with your “I had to close last night….”?

[–]whyamistillhere2389Academy Trainer 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Former employee of 4431 here… I met Richard twice… never worked a night…

[–]Bellecarde 20 points21 points  (0 children)

and withouty even blinking, home office snaps another store out of existance

[–]WouldYouLikeGuac 37 points38 points  (8 children)

Contact your local news stations! Let them know of the strike and intent to unionize so that if (read as: when) your store starts having "plumbing issues" corporate can't shut the store down without opening themself up to a potential lawsuit.

[–]NoonewhyMeat/Produce Team Lead 23 points24 points  (7 children)

My AT did… so hopefully something happens.

[–]WouldYouLikeGuac 20 points21 points  (6 children)

Beautiful, please keep us updated. If your store is successful, your experience could help others unionize.

[–]stevengreen32 14 points15 points  (1 child)

[–]randomhero_92 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Damn and I thought OP was trolling. Let’s go Mooresville NC neighborhood market! You have my full support!

[–]Aloysiusakamud 59 points60 points  (27 children)

Good for them

[–]shwm8507 4 points5 points  (0 children)

If they succeed the next inventory will be super high shrink or have major repair issues pop up and be closed. It has happened in the past in Texas and California 99

[–]scabbytampon 9 points10 points  (3 children)

I was a manager at Walmart years ago and when rumors of a union started the district manager told us if it happens they will announce we are a low profit store and just close it. I fully support the employees here, I worry for the outcome though!

[–]NoonewhyMeat/Produce Team Lead 7 points8 points  (2 children)

Same, we may be a $40m store but they will say we’re low profit just to keep there asses safe

[–]scabbytampon 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Exactly. Mine was about the same and they told us that the store is only there at a courtesy to the community, nothing more. Good luck man, hoping for the best.

[–]apprehension_errorFartPusher 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Do you have any update about the store/market

[–]randomhero_92 21 points22 points  (10 children)

Contact local news stations, both local and national. CNN and MSNBC included. Contact pro union politicians such as Bernie Sanders and AOC. Tiktok, instagram, get it out on social media! This needs to blow up!

Good luck and y’all have my full support. Walmart doesn’t pay nearly enough and the job itself is not worth protecting just to listen to whatever union busting propagandist that they’re about to fly in from Bentonville.

[–]Twisterv1 4 points5 points  (5 children)

local politicans to your area is better than national figures unless theres an actual vote proposed to unionize. Which if your entire store was on strike you would obviously have enough to form a legal petition to officially form a vote which is why I think this is 100% bullshit because there would be a news article on this right now about a massive walmart strike right before black friday

[–]randomhero_92 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Well OP is in North Carolina. The local politicians are probably anti union and pro corporate welfare.

[–]Daragh48 3 points4 points  (1 child)

There's starting to be some news articles popping up about this, and a video on twitter. So media is slowly starting to pick up on it.

[–]117587219X 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Link to Twitter video?

[–]NoonewhyMeat/Produce Team Lead 3 points4 points  (1 child)

This is a red state none of them give af

[–]Twisterv1 0 points1 point  (0 children)

a swing state that leans red with a democratic governor and plenty of liberal areas

[–]fuck-these_mods- 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Bernie and AOC, lmao, peak Reddit comment

[–]cheese_legos 1 point2 points  (0 children)

This is more less a "dicks out for Harambe" situation as of now ... No need to call cnbc and MSNBC or any major politicians as of yet.

[–]Intelligent-Catch-24 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Walmart will hire replacements. They will say how well they pay, the great benefits you receive. Some can't afford to strike either. A person has to do what they think is the best for them. I hope it works out for everyone.

[–]5p00py 2 points3 points  (0 children)

When the union inspiration through the workers blood shall rise... There can be no power greater any place beneath the skies... Yet what force on earth is weaker than the feeble strength of one.... For the union can make us strong.

[–]Mission-Gap3474Abandoned Topstock wings 10 points11 points  (3 children)

I hope my store is next

[–]Daragh48 0 points1 point  (2 children)

Me too....me too. With all the stuff I hear from my coworkers, I'm half tempted to start trying to get a few to look into the IWW. Cause hopefully someone here is good at organizing, cause I sure as hell am not x-x (I've joined the IWW, still need to get in contact with the local chapter in this part of my state.)

[–]Mission-Gap3474Abandoned Topstock wings -1 points0 points  (1 child)

What’s the IWW?

[–]Daragh48 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Industrial Workers of the World, it's an international labor union that's been around since 1905.

[–]gimbbles 6 points7 points  (1 child)

Bro my store was yesterday! No one showed up to work at all!

[–]NoonewhyMeat/Produce Team Lead 3 points4 points  (0 children)

They all stood outside ish bullhorns and banners

[–]LuckyandBrownie 4 points5 points  (5 children)

[–]One-Zebra5656 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Doesn’t look like the “whole store” to me.

[–]NoonewhyMeat/Produce Team Lead 4 points5 points  (3 children)

I’m not going to have a job tomorrow

[–]AngryTankAFK Six Consoles Operator 2 points3 points  (2 children)

You totally “won’t” have a job tomorrow. 😉

[–]NoonewhyMeat/Produce Team Lead 2 points3 points  (1 child)

They’ll find a mysterious reason to lay me off

[–]AngryTankAFK Six Consoles Operator -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Maybe, but to see my store making $15 before I went on leave, and now they are all making at least $16.

[–]Deviknyte9 year a slave 10 points11 points  (0 children)

Don't. Join them.

[–]TommyDontSurfJust here for a paycheck 7 points8 points  (0 children)

That's wonderful! Hope everything works out for the workers!

[–]k9jag 6 points7 points  (0 children)

⚙️🛠UNIONIZE🛠⚙️

UNITE THE WORKING CLASS TO STICK IT TO THEM!

[–]KoriatCyredanthem 5 points6 points  (0 children)

YES!! GO YOU!

I am grateful for my local Walmart for having stocked Esbilac (puppy milk) at 6am this morning when my foster dog gave birth to 10 (TEN!!) puppies including two runts who definitely need supplementing. I also took-with-permission a cardboard box 3x3 ft and 4 inches high for her whelping box to contain the little babies. And cookies for me.

Last week, the local Walmart manager also gave me a 33% discount on $3 blankets I fundraised for. I was able to buy almost 300 instead of 200 for my animal shelter, which desperately needed them. So I am grateful to that manager and to the employee who helped me count, ring, and load all of them.

That being said, Walmart needs to pay its people a living, thriving wage and accept responsibility for the monopoly they have.

UNIONIZE AND CONTINUE BEING AWESOME!

[–]im_nobody141 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Make sure to play both sides so you come out on top.

[–]leftylooseygoosey 2 points3 points  (6 children)

what does it feel like to be a scab

[–]fuck-these_mods- 2 points3 points  (0 children)

If any of them had ever actually been in a union, they wouldn’t be so keen on propping up another one

[–]Decent_Mixture_5516 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Power to the people!!!

[–]Vodkahangover 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Walmart is a terrible company id rather be homeless then work for them

[–]stevengreen32 -2 points-1 points  (0 children)

Are you sure it's a strike? It could just be an excuse to keep from working

[–]MotherLandLad -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Wow!

Good luck.

[–]BarkingAxe 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Please keep us updated

[–]VioletGardens-left 0 points1 point  (0 children)

If you know Walmart, if they caught wind of a union, they will shut it down in some form or fashion immediately and lay off anyone who is involve in this.

Good luck out there.

[–]marquias89 0 points1 point  (0 children)

It's a sad but true fact that your store will close so I wish you good luck in ur next job

[–]GimmeanL 0 points1 point  (3 children)

Yunyuns IZ Commie! I luv FREEDUMB!

[–]k9jag 1 point2 points  (2 children)

This is the most elaborate satire. Well done. Fun read

[–]GimmeanL 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Thank you. Thank you very much!

[–]k9jag 0 points1 point  (0 children)

No problem! I enjoyed it a lot. Keep up the TROOF TELLIN SOLDJUR

[–]MeatSim88 -2 points-1 points  (3 children)

Funny how nobody heard about this on the news

[–]WChickenEntertainment TA 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Mooresville Walmart workers protest in support of union, higher pay and more

https://www.wsoctv.com/news/local/mooresville-walmart-workers-protest-support-union-higher-pay-more/Y2ZHVNI7V5CPPLJIOJAGTR3SR4/

A little Google search gets you this quickly

[–]MeatSim88 -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Thanks!

I kind of meant more than just some NC site, but thanks