While Walmart’s management publicly dismisses recent strikes and demonstrations as mere “publicity stunts,” a confidential internal memo leaked to the Huffington Post reveals that their associates’ activism has them running scared. Looming threats of massive, nationwide strikes on “Black Friday” — the day after Thanksgiving and the most profitable shopping day of the year for retailers — might also have something to do with Walmart’s sudden concern. The memorandum, marked confidential, is entitled “Response to Walkout/Work Stoppage — Salaried Management Talking Points,” and is available from the Huffington Post Web site as a PDF file. The memo was sent out to salaried (managerial, non-hourly) employees on October 8th, and provides seven pages worth of detailed instructions on how store managers should handle striking employees and the media.
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