[Rushtalk] Walmart hired Lockheed Martin to keep tabs on employees

John A. Quayle blueoval57 at verizon.net
Mon Dec 14 13:06:26 MST 2015


At 11:55 AM 12/14/2015, Tom Matiska wrote:
>John, the truth is more interesting than you think. Some of the 
>sofware that reads the mail in your mailbox is a LM product. When 
>the Postal system was looking to automate the reading of mail in the 
>80's who better to contract with than folks who had been reading 
>license plates from 50+ miles away with cameras in U2s and SR71s for 
>over 20 years?? Our FSM 100 (magazine sorter) was built by a 
>division of Northrup Grumman and the software that lifts the image, 
>finds the address block, separates your address from the return 
>address, and checks change of address data base is a product of LM's 
>IT division.  They literally have Phd's in how to scan and filter data.    Tom

         SERIOUSLY?!? Wow! I had no idea and I used to deal with them 
on a weekly basis when I worked for USAir............

jaq

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>"John A. Quayle" <blueoval57 at verizon.net> wrote:
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> >         L-M is a manufacturer of aircraft, not surveillance tech. - jaq
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> >At 10:18 PM 12/13/2015, Carl Spitzer wrote:
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> >>Human resources: Walmart hired Lockheed Martin to keep tabs on employees
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> >><https://www.rt.com/usa/323485-walmart-hired-lockheed-martin/>RT |
> >>November 25, 2015
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> >>Walmart hired global security giant Lockheed Martin a few years ago
> >>to monitor activism in its massive workforce, according to new
> >>documents. The defense contractor tracked employees' social media
> >>and reported protest participation to the retail giant.
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> >>Lockheed Martin, the world's largest defense contractor, provided
> >>Walmart, the world's largest retailer, with intelligence-gathering
> >>and surveillance services in 2012, according to a lengthy
> >><http://www.bloomberg.com/features/2015-walmart-union-surveillance/>report
> >>by Bloomberg Businessweek. The news has emerged just before Black
> >>Friday protests by a union-funded group called OUR Walmart, the
> >>report claims. Participants demand higher wages and reliable
> >>scheduling for Walmart employees.
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> >>While Walmart publicly dismissed the demonstrations as "just another
> >>union publicity stunt," their subsequent actions indicate that they
> >>took it seriously. In addition to hiring Lockheed Martin to keep
> >>tabs on employees' social media feeds, the companies ranked stores
> >>by labor activity and monitored employees who were known to be
> >>involved in labor activism, according to Bloomberg.
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> >>The defense contractor offers a product called LM Wisdom, which is
> >>marketed as a tool for fighting drug and human trafficking, but
> >>which Walmart used  to track employees in 2012 and 2013. Lockheed
> >>Martin analysts would follow the Twitter and Facebook feeds of
> >>workers and then report information about labor activism back to the
> >>company's corporate headquarters. The defense contractor also put
> >>together a map of likely routes for five "Ride for Respect" bus
> >>caravans that were sent to HQ to demonstrate.
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> >>In one of the
> >><https://www.rt.com/usa/323485-walmart-hired-lockheed-martin/In%20 
> one%20of%20the%20documents%20obtained,%20when%20asked%20about%20the%20company%27s%20relationship%20with%20Lockheed%20Martin,%20Walmart%20Senior%20Vice%20President%20of%20Labor%20Relations%20Karen%20Ann%20Cassey%20said%20that%20the%20defense%20contractor%20was%20used%20to%20%22source%20open%20social%20media%22%20to%20make%20sure%20that%20protests%20didn%27t>documents 
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> >>obtained, when asked about the company's relationship with Lockheed
> >>Martin, Walmart Senior Vice President of Labor Relations Karen Ann
> >>Cassey said that the company was even "partnering with the FBI/the
> >>Joint Terrorism Task Force" to monitor protesters that planned to go
> >>to the company's headquarters, saying that similar protests have
> >>become violent.
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> >>Walmart didn't comment on the specific allegations in the Bloomberg
> >>story, but sent a statement via email arguing that the measures had
> >>been taken to protect their shoppers, employees and business.
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> >>"Unfortunately, there are occasions when outside groups attempt to
> >>deliberately disrupt our business and on behalf of our customers and
> >>associates we take action accordingly," the statement reads.
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> >>Bloomberg retrieved the information on Lockheed Martin's
> >>labor-monitoring services by acquiring documents ahead of a National
> >>Labor Relations Board hearing. The case concerns Walmart's alleged
> >>history retaliation against employees who protested against the retailer.
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> >>Earlier this year, Walmart announced that its company-wide minimum
> >>wage would go from $9 in 2015 and [to] $10. While OUR Walmart touts
> >>this wage increase as a victory, they remain steadfast in their
> >>demand for a minimum of $15 an hour. The group will be protesting
> >>this Black Friday for the fourth year in a row.
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