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TikTokers are calling out major brands for anti-union training videos

A TikTok user went viral after commenting on a Walmart training video filled with anti-union propaganda.

Uploaded on May 18 by TikTok user @eyedocontiktok, the video, which has been viewed more than 246,000 times, describes Walmart’s onboarding process as “transparent” anti-union content.

“Younger me watches anti-union propaganda video as I get hired at Walmart,” reads the video’s caption.

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The video’s comments section was quickly filled with similar accounts from other TikTok users who claimed to have also been exposed to anti-union content at their workplace.

One of the top comments came from a user who allegedly experienced the same thing after being hired by Macy’s.

“Macy’s showed us a video of him acting like a guy in an overcoat saying, ‘Hey boy, you want to join a union?’ in the parking lot,” the user joked.

Others, who had worked in a variety of retail jobs, also said their employers showed contempt for unions.

“Same but at Whole Foods,” added another. “Then I got into healthcare and oh boy, are they happy to fire our union reps.”

Companies from Little Caesar’s to Home Depot were also named by users in the comments.

“I used to work at Dollar General and they had a whole video explaining why the union is pure evil and never to speak to them,” wrote one user.

Given that Walmart is the largest employer in the US, many others said they saw the exact same video after being hired by the retailer.

“I was informed as a Walmart employee to contact the police immediately if union members showed up, lmfao,” claimed one commenter.

The video comes as union organizing efforts explode across the country, while workers face stagnant wages, an inflationary crisis and ever-rising costs of living.

Another former Walmart employee also went viral on TikTok this month after posting a video claiming he was fired for discussing unions.

Despite opposition from companies, workers at numerous Starbucks and Amazon locations across the country have either successfully organized or won votes to unionize.


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*Initial publication: May 19, 2022 2:38 pm CDT

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