Take a Stand: Support the Walmart Black Friday Strike

Posted by AzBlueMeanie:

WalmartWalmart workers across the country are striking on "Black Friday." It's time to take a stand and support the workers who are standing up to live better through an unfair labor practice strike. (h/t Crooksandliars.com). support the Wal-Mart employees as they strike on Black Friday:

Walmart workers decided to strike on Black Friday after
they were targeted for retaliation for speaking out about substandard
work conditions and treatment last month in the first ever walk out in
the history of the company.

We ask you to help us feed the workers who will walk out on the company next week on the biggest shopping day of the year.

https://www.wepay.com/donations/walmart-strikers-food-fund

The workers are demanding the following from Walmart:

Improve Workers’ Lives
Pay a minimum of $25,000/year and guarantee quality, affordable
health coverage for all Walmart associates and workers in the company’s
US distribution chain.

Rebuild Communities
Sign on to a national community benefits agreement that ensures as
Walmart expands into new markets, it strengthens communities, protects
the environment and is responsible for the well-being of its employees
in its retail stores and US supply and distribution chain.

Put Its Promises in Writing
Agree to a global labor agreement guaranteeing the fundamental human
right of freedom of association for all of its associates and instruct
their suppliers to do the same, and recognize and negotiate with OUR Walmart.

Elevate Global Living Standards
Establish a legally binding global responsible contractor policy
requiring contractors and subcontractors to provide living wages, worker
safety protections, and respect basic human and labor rights, including
freedom of association and freedom from racial and gender
discrimination.

How can I support in other ways?

You can join solidarity actions throughout the United States. Find
out which solidarity actions are being organized and the store employees
that are participating by going to the Corporate Action Network event page.

Click here and support the Walmart Black Friday strikers today!

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You can tell Walmart to give their employees the basic respect they deserve by signing the declaration here. Or donate to help the striking workers here, and check here for solidarity actions planned in your area here.

For a good summary of the high cost of Walmart employment practices to taxpayers who are subsidizing its employment practices, see Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Prices.

"Up" with Chris Hayes this past weekend interviewed Walmart workers about the Black Friday strike. Walmart Worker: 'I Want To Play Football With My Son':

I'd like everyone who reads this to email everyone they know with a
link to these videos, and ask them not to shop at any store on
Thanksgiving night, and to support the Walmart Black Friday strike.

This is some of the most moving and powerful advocacy I have ever
seen on television, and I'm grateful to Chris Hayes for the fine work he
continues to do. You cannot watch this without responding to the quiet
dignity of these Walmart workers, who want a living wage and humane
working conditions.

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And, as one worker put it, to spend Thanksgiving with his kids and play a little football.

If you'd like to help, here's the Walmart Strikers Food Fund.

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0 responses to “Take a Stand: Support the Walmart Black Friday Strike

  1. Walmart has not been open on Thanksgiving “for years.” You are thinking of Walgreens.

    As a lawyer who has practiced labor and employment law for more than 20 years, I can tell you that Walmart has amassed an impressive amount of litigation in employment discrimination, Fair Labor Standards Act violations, and wage law violations. Walmart’s reputation for being a terrible employer is well deserved. And you are subsidizing their abusive practices through your tax dollars to pay for social welfare (food stamps) and healthcare (AHCCCS/Medicaid). Walmart employees are the definition of “working poor.” They may have a job, but it does not pay a living wage or benefits for most workers. Walmart is not an employer to be celebrated.

  2. Black Friday is a moral sacrilege to our founding history as Americans. Every year, human lives are claimed by a feverish frenzy of glutinous greed as shoppers are driven to the brink of insanity by the eccentricities of this circus. Shopping should never be a sport nevertheless the most dangerous one. No life is worth a gaming console, computer or any electronic device. Read about the true meaning of the Harvest and Thanksgiving at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot.com/2010/11/wishing-you-and-yours-bountiful-harvest.html

  3. steve_hall_az@yahoo.com

    Be thankful you have a job. this is not new. Walmart has been open on Thanksgiving for years. you knew that when you took the job.

  4. In Tucson, if you want to actually protest Wal-Mart, there is an action at the Wal-Mart on Valencia. Here is the Facebook event. Come on down!
    http://www.facebook.com/events/376840802403631/