Leaked Walmart training video warns new employees about joining unions

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.

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From Gawker:

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.”

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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.


[This post has been updated]

Sky Palma

Before launching DeadState back in 2012, Sky Palma has been blogging about politics, social issues and religion for over a decade. He lives in Los Angeles and also enjoys Brazilian jiu jitsu, chess, music and art.

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