If you think Walmart simultaneously shutting down 5 stores across the country to fix “plumbing problems” sounds a bit suspicious, it’ll make more sense once you realize that “plumbing problems” is actually code for “unions.”
Walmart is famous for their anti-union antics. But in a leaked training video that hit the Internet, the company actually admits their anti-union stance in a curious way.
At about 2:30 into the video:
Our company prefers to have open and direct communication with our associates—we don’t think a labor union is necessary here. And because our associates have said time after time that they don’t want a union, we usually don’t spend a lot of time talking about them.
“…usually don’t spend a lot of time talking about them.”
Makes sense. If you shut your stores down when employees start organizing, you won’t have to talk about them at all.
But what’s Walmart’s official policy? According to the video, the company is “pro-associate,” citing the open door policy as its way to ensure that workers are able to speak on their own behalf. Says one actor in front of a Walmart green screen, “Frankly, I don’t think Walmart associates should have to have someone to speak for them. It’s just not that kind of place.”
The video reminds its viewers that, “signing a union card isn’t just about you. You could also be affecting the people who have been trying to work here for years.”
Yeah, the ones who need unions the most.