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October 12, 2012

Walmart walkouts will not affect Chickasha store

CHICKASHA — The recent trend of Walmart walkouts that has captured attention of the national media will not rear its head in Chickasha according to Walmart spokesperson Dan Fogleman.

He also said media coverage has blown this movement way out of proportion.

"Every store in the country is open today," he said. "We had 88 come to Bentonville, Arkansas to protest out of the 1.3 million we employ."

All of walkouts took place on Monday and Tuesday of this week according to Fogleman, so he said he doubts any action will take place locally.

Unions are driving this movement Fogleman said.

"Clearly they have an agenda in play," he said. The end game here is unionize Walmart.

According to ABC News Walmart is the world's largest private employer and has long been a target of workers' rights groups, who advocate higher wages, more flexibility in hours and an end to the punishments - reduced shifts, for instance - they claim are meted out to workers seeking to unionize. Walmart is the world's largest private employer and has long been a target of workers' rights groups, who advocate higher wages, more flexibility in hours and an end to the punishments they claim are meted out to workers seeking to unionize.

Fogleman said those that showed up to protest in Bentonville are union back and funded.

"They were paid to fly down here and show their obvious agenda," he said.

 

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