Last week, Walmart workers and their supporters across the country joined together for a nationwide day of protests in 15 cities. One hundred Walmart workers who are members of the Organization United for Respect at Walmart (OUR Walmart) and community members were arrested after calling on the retail giant make a public commitment to provide its employees with full-time work with a minimum salary of $25,000, reinstate workers who were fired for protesting Walmart’s unfair labor practices at the company’s annual shareholder meeting in June, and agree to stop all retaliation against workers who are speaking out for improvements in the workplace. In response to Walmart’s inaction, Walmart workers announced widespread, massive strikes and protests for Black Friday in 2013. The workers made headlines last year on Black Friday with the largest strike in the company’s history.
Since June, Walmart has illegally disciplined nearly 80 workers, including firing 20 worker-leaders. More than 100 Unfair Labor Practice charges have been filed with the NLRB against Walmart.
“As the nation’s largest employer, Walmart and the Walton family should be raising standards, not lowering them. To whom much is given, much is expected,” said Kim Bobo, executive director of Interfaith Worker Justice and a member of the Retail Justice Alliance. “Walmart should share its prosperity with workers and publicly commit to paying workers $25,000 a year for full-time work, as the courageous OUR Walmart workers are demanding. If Walmart workers earned living wages, the entire economy would benefit.”
To support Walmart workers on Black Friday, visit http://action.changewalmart.org/page/s/black-friday-pledge.