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Help Change the Economy - Join Walmart Workers Striking on Black Friday

By Dave Johnson

You can help change the economy! Big companies use their size and the fear   of losing our jobs to force us to accept no raises or even lower pay and   benefits. They can use their size to force communities, states and even the   federal government to lower their taxes. You can help change the economy by   standing with Walmart workers next week. They have the money but we have the   people.

A month ago there were strikes at 12 Walmart stores and   protests at more than 200 stores. Walmart illegally tried to silence   organizers. Now there are strikes planned for "Black Friday." But   Walmart workers aren't waiting, there are actions going on between now   and next Friday, and you can join in.

Walmart is BIG. They are so big   they can dictate to their supply chain, the communities where they are   located, state governments, and even the federal government. And, of course,   their workers. And when Walmart's workers are paid less, that puts   pressure on workers everywhere else.

This is like so many other   companies right now, using their size and the fact that so many people are   looking for work to force wages down. And this forces pay down for the rest   of us. All of this while these companies are reaping record profits for   themselves.

You can stand with Walmart's workers, and demand   changes in the way our economy works.

Video   from OURWalmart: "Why are we standing up to live   better?"

Yesterday: The News Tribune   (Tacoma), Hundreds gather in Federal Way to support striking   Walmart workers,

Today: Josh Eidelson at   The Nation, Walmart Strike Wave Rolls Back Through Texas as   Organizers Promise a Thousand Points of   Protest,

Protests by Walmart workers that are   spreading across the country came to Federal Way on Thursday, with between 20   and 30 employees leading a rally demanding better working conditions and   pay.

The employees, from six Western Washington Walmart stores,   gathered outside the store on South 314th Street, cheered on by at least 200   supporters. Many were from other unions and organizations including SPEEA,   the National Organization for Women and One America, an immigrants’   rights group. The large group marched between a staging area at the end of   the parking lot and the front of the store, chanting and talking to   customers.

This morning, at 10 AM local time,   Dallas Walmart store workers are headed back to the picket line. Theirs is   the latest in a string of strikes that hit a California warehouse Wednesday   and Seattle stores on Thursday. There’s more where that came from: On a   Thursday call with reporters, union-backed Walmart worker groups said to   expect a thousand strikes or demonstrations spread over nine days,   culminating in an unprecedented array of “Black Friday”   disruptions. That news follows a major legal settlement by a Walmart   contractor that organizers credited to a 2011 sit-in at Hershey’s   Chocolate.

Dallas striker Colby Harris emphasized that despite issues   with low pay and repeated retaliation, he’s committed to remaining a   Walmart worker. “If you leave this job, you’re going to face   retaliation in some form somewhere else…” he said last night.   “If you change Walmart, and you change corporate America, it can really   better a lot of people’s lives.”

Also from   Josh, Walmart Ex-Employee Was Handcuffed in Front of   Workers

A former Walmart employee was handcuffed   Wednesday when he visited his old store to talk to workers about next   week’s “Black Friday” strike. Alex Rivera, who was fired in   September, told The Nation that Walmart management intentionally misled   Orlando police, leading them to detain him for twenty minutes in the store.   The incident was denounced by the union-backed workers’ group OUR   Walmart, which alleges that Walmart has been breaking the law to keep its   workers in   line.

Resources: –   OUR Walmart’s official page

Corporate Action Network   - Black Friday campaign - A Comunity Call To Action Go here to find local events Go here   for: Materials you can use Go here to send a Letter   to the Editor to your local   newspaper.

ColorOfChange: Hold Walmart accountable to Black   workers,

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5 years ago

Photo: MJ

5 years ago

A great graphic from The Other 98%

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