November 21, 2012
Walmart workers across the country are mobilizing for a “Black Friday” strike to protest working conditions, wages and retaliation against workers who speak out. The retailer took in $16 billion in profits last year, yet many of Walmart’s workers continue to receive poverty-level paychecks. Walmart’s low-wage strategy helps depress the wages of workers nationwide.
“Even worse, the company ruthlessly intimidates those who speak out against their destructive policies,” AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders said. “Walmart’s campaign of intimidation hurts their employees and the communities where they have stores. They threaten workers who stand up and then count on the rest of us sitting back in silence. Their policies undermine the fundamental American values of fairness and decency.”
Walmart store workers are asking people nationwide to support them on Black Friday, the busiest shopping day of the year. They ask that supporters take action that spreads the word about their strikes and demonstrates to Walmart a wave of support for workers who are speaking out about poor working conditions, low wages, irregular hours and more.
Here are some ways you can help from the Making Change at Walmart campaign:
- Take the Black Friday Pledge to say that you will stand with workers on the busiest shopping day of the year.
- Visit the Corporate Action Network website to find actions and events supporting Walmart strikers near you.
- Make a donation to sponsor a striker and help to ensure that Walmart strikers receive a $50 grocery gift card.
- Spread the word on Facebook by sharing this post and other Black Friday actions. On Twitter, use the hashtag #WalmartStrikers.
During this holiday season, we can all pull together and support the workers at Walmart in their efforts to get respect and a voice in the workplace.