If I needed the job, I wouldn't walk out. It won't do any good anyway. The only thing that will stop Black Friday madness is if consumers suddenly and inexplicably come to their senses and stop lining up to shop in the middle of the night and on national holidays.
I think a few hundred (or even a couple thousand) workers out of a force of more than 1.3 million striking won't hurt the company too much. The higher-ups will probably just laugh it off and have them fired. Then hire someone else at an even cheaper wage.
I won't deny that Wal-Mart can afford to pay its employees significantly more.....but this "strike" of a fraction of a percent of their employees won't change a damn thing. They're replacable. Easy. Typically you can only strike when there's leverage.
I'm a man so I may not, but I've heard tales about the way they treat female employees when it comes to hiring and promotions. If you're going to risk getting fired, do it for a reason other than money. If I was going to strike, it would be for the women of the company who aren't getting a fair shake.
I think it is silly. Fireman, policeman, nurses, doctors,air traffic controllers, pilots , and soldiers just to name a few not only work on Black Friday, but they work on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and weekends.
I would not walk off the job. By the way, a crappy product and poor management decisions brought down Hostess, not the striking workers.
@TutelageOfTheMundane - Yes, all corporations. I'm mostly talking about dealing with individual people that create something. I'm going to trade with a lady who makes fantastic caramels and fudge, a couple of friends that make jewelry, another friend who makes organic body care products, and buy soap from someone who makes handmade soap...and of course, trade with @WhiskeyStilettos, who is going to start making nailpolish.
Corporatism is killing the world in more ways than one.
When you take a job in retail, you have to accept the fact that there will be hellish days like black Friday and most of the Christmas season. It's like Mother's Day in a restaurant; it's literally in your job description. I think it's immature to walk out. If you have other issues with how Walmart treats their employees, that's a different subject.
@crazy2love - That's really cool. I wish I knew people who made/sold interesting things that I could gift to others. I would also run into the problem of having to ship with a corporation because I won't see everyone I know this year for Christmas. : \