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For Immediate Release

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

“AFSCME Members Will Stand with Walmart’s Workers”

Statement of AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders on Walmart and Black Friday

Washington, DC — 

“Walmart took in $16 billion in profits last year.  The heirs to the Walmart fortune are the richest family in America, with more wealth than the bottom 42 percent of the country combined. They earned more than $1.8 billion in dividends in the past year. Yet too many of Walmart’s workers continue to receive poverty-level paychecks. Walmart’s low-wage strategy helps depress the wages of workers all across America.

“Even worse, the company ruthlessly intimidates those who speak out against their destructive policies. 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.

“That is why this Black Friday, AFSCME members across the country will stand with Walmart’s workers in their efforts to get respect and a voice in the workplace. During this holiday season, it is time for all Americans to pull together and support the workers at Walmart.”

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