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Union Leader Banned From Walmart After Action Campaign

— San Diego labor leader Lorena Gonzalez walked into a the College Grove Walmart today with a letter for the store manager. It requested the corporation improve employee pay and benefits, and require store contractors to pay a living wage. Gonzalez was taking part in a national day of action against the corporation, which resists efforts by its U.S. employees to unionize. Similar actions were taken in Massachusetts, Ohio, Washington and Georgia, among other states.

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Above: Walmart Supercenter

Gonzales said the goal is to give workers a voice against one of the largest corporations in the world.

"While traditional unionizing efforts have been tough, this is another way for workers to come together and collectively demand changes at their workplace," she said.

Gonzales was met with another letter from the corporation, one that bans her from Walmart stores. She said the police were called and she was told she’d be arrested if she returned.

The corporation has not yet responded to a request for comment.

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Avatar for user 'Peking_Duck_SD'

Peking_Duck_SD | October 11, 2012 at 12:48 a.m. ― 1 year, 11 months ago

Oh my, how will she ever get over the pain of not being able to walk into a gigantic pig-fest of cheap Red Chinese made junk peddled by anti-labour billionaires who exploit 3rd world youth to make their garbage they can then sell by exploiting poor Americans by paying them sub-standard wages with no medical coverage.

Wal-Mart is not capitalism.

It's a huge lobbying organization.

They spend billions lobbying and pushing around gov. workers unil thy get their way (like they did to the San Diego City Council).

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Avatar for user '1kenthomas'

1kenthomas | October 13, 2012 at 2:44 p.m. ― 1 year, 11 months ago

What are the legal grounds for such a "ban?" WalMart is clearly offering public accomodation in California, and she was there for a legitimate purpose. I'd walk right back in, personally, if not call the police and request a citizen's assist.

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Len | October 13, 2012 at 4:47 p.m. ― 1 year, 11 months ago

I agree wjth 1Kent and would like to see a comment from a lawyer or judge. Peking_ seems to have missed the point.

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Avatar for user 'CaliforniaDefender'

CaliforniaDefender | October 13, 2012 at 7:38 p.m. ― 1 year, 11 months ago

"Oh my, how will she ever get over the pain of not being able to walk into a gigantic pig-fest of cheap Red Chinese made junk peddled by anti-labour billionaires who exploit 3rd world youth to make their garbage they can then sell by exploiting poor Americans by paying them sub-standard wages with no medical coverage."

-Peking_Duck_SD

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That one goes on my list of best KPBS forum quotes of 2012!

Well quacked Duck!

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