- Is Trump defiling the U.S. flag in this MAGA dude’s artwork? Sunday 4:41 PM
- White woman claims she invented sleep bonnets, selling them for $100 Sunday 4:03 PM
- Even real cats are transfixed by the enigma that is the ‘Cats’ trailer Sunday 3:04 PM
- Wait, how tall is Peppa Pig? Sunday 1:55 PM
- Twitter suspends Iranian state media outlets for harassing members of a religious minority Sunday 1:06 PM
- Pro-MAGA pageant queen stripped of title over ‘offensive’ tweets Sunday 11:52 AM
- Marvel unveiled its Phase 4 plans at San Diego Comic-Con Sunday 9:16 AM
- How a queer Instagram is helping fight the opioid epidemic in Appalachia Sunday 6:30 AM
- Philadelphia to fire 13 officers for racist, violent Facebook posts Saturday 6:12 PM
- Nick Offerman is so down to play every single role in ‘Cats’ Saturday 4:27 PM
- Woman documents how airport staff broke her wheelchair Saturday 3:04 PM
- Funeral home allegedly posted photos of woman’s dead body on social media Saturday 1:56 PM
- Alinity Divine is being investigated after throwing her cat during stream (updated) Saturday 12:04 PM
- ‘Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee’ returns with Seinfeld making a racist joke about China Saturday 10:26 AM
- YouTubers Eugenia Cooney and Shane Dawson make a joint comeback Saturday 9:06 AM
Employee firing turns Walmart subreddit into unionization meme hotbed
Mike Mozart/Flickr (CC-BY-SA)
‘I hope the discussion of organizing continues and actually results in change.’
Rather than being a space for Walmart fans to congregate, the subreddit functions as a forum for the company’s employees to discuss working conditions and air out their grievances.
Walmart employs approximately 1.5 million people in the U.S. and is the largest private employer in the country. It makes sense that an employee base this large is going to want a space separate from the company to discuss work life with their peers.
The unionization memes kicked off after a Walmart asset protection associate and prominent poster on the subreddit, by the username of u/donvr, was fired. Many suspected that Walmart corporate was monitoring the Reddit activity and found out u/donvr’s identity.
Immediately, talks of unionizing to prevent such baseless firings and improve employee conditions began.
“HO monitors this site for one very important (to them) reason: Unions. Almost everything else is secondary but union activity is the bread and butter of HO associates who monitor social media,” the post reads. “They see it as a black mold that needs to be stamped out as quickly as possible.”
According to Forbes’ annual write-up of billionaires, three of the most prominent Walton family heirs have a combined net worth of approximately $133 billion. Meanwhile, Walmart employees are among the largest demographic of people who rely on food stamps for food security. According to reports, Walmart employees account for about 18% of the total food stamp market in the U.S. Furthermore, Reuters found that 55 % of part-time Walmart employees did not have enough food to meet their basic needs.
“I wasn’t expecting the Union posts to be this prevalent. Definitely great to see. I hope the discussion of organizing continues and actually results in change,” u/donvr wrote in a thread on the subreddit’s front page.
Unions aren't just memes. Time to put ourselves into action and start spreading the word. from walmart
- How milkshaking become a form of political protest—and a meme
- Twitter is dragging Delta for its strange anti-union propaganda posters
- Instagram page encourages meme-makers to unionize
Got five minutes? We’d love to hear from you. Help shape our journalism and be entered to win an Amazon gift card by filling out our 2019 reader survey.
Ignacio Martinez is a journalism student at the University of Texas at Austin and an intern at the Daily Dot. His work has appeared in the Texas Observer and on the airwaves at KVRX 91.7 FM.