Saturday, November 29, 2014

Walmart Black Friday Protests Sweep The Nation

Above: From Our Walmart from FLICKR
Popular Resistance | Nov 28, 2014

Nation’s largest employer, Walmart employs 1.4 million people, or 10 percent of all retail workers, and pulls in $16 billion in annual profits but pays poverty wages

Our Walmart urges action, you can do this today or tomorrow.

Walmart workers are on strike!

Call your local Walmart and tell the manager that you support the strikers!

Make no mistake; Walmart is paying attention this Black Friday. Calling the company will show them that the public supports workers as they stand against Walmart denying them their right to speak out for $15/hr and full time.

When you call, ask to speak with a manager. Here is sample language for your call:
 “I’m calling to say that I support the Walmart workers striking around the country today. Walmart needs to stop threatening and intimidating workers who speak out for better pay and respect at work.”
Mother Jones reported:

Black Friday is best known as the day when big-box retailers rake in money, but it has also become a time for some of their employees to demand a share of the proceeds. At Walmart, this year’s Black Friday protests will be the widest-reaching ever, organizers say, with pickets and strikes planned at 1600 stores in 49 states to remind shoppers that the people serving them often can’t afford to feed themselves.

“I have to depend on the government mostly,” says Fatmata Jabbie, a 21-year-old single mother of two who earns $8.40 an hour working at a Walmart in Alexandria, Virginia. She makes ends meet with food stamps, subsidized housing, and Medicaid. “Walmart should pay us $15 an hour and let us work full-time hours,” she says. “That would change our lives. That would change our whole path. I wouldn’t be dependent on government too much. I could buy clothes for my kids to wear.”

The nation’s largest employer, Walmart employs 1.4 million people, or 10 percent of all retail workers, and pulls in $16 billion in annual profits. Its largest stockholders—Christy, Jim, Alice, and S. Robson Walton—are the nation’s wealthiest family,collectively worth $145 billion. Yet the company is notorious for paying poverty wages and using part-time schedules to avoid offering workers benefits. Last year, a report commissioned by Congressional Democrats found that each Walmart store  costs taxpayers between 900,000 and $1.75 million per year because so many employees are forced to turn to government aid.

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