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Mon Nov 12, 2012, 03:18 AM

Support Walmart Workers on Black Friday

October was a banner month for Walmart workers nationwide. Each week saw more Walmart workers speaking up and going on strike, to protest Walmart’s attempts to silence workers and retaliate against them. The strikes culminated in an announcement at Walmart’s Arkansas headquarters that if the retaliation does not cease, workers will make Black Friday a “memorable” day for the company.

To make Black Friday a success, Walmart workers need the support of community members like you. Our website now features a number of ways to get involved and support Walmart strikers on Black Friday.

1) Take the Black Friday Pledge to say that you will stand with workers on the busiest shopping day of the year. On the Corporate Action Network website we are starting to gather locations for actions and events supporting Walmart strikers, as well as materials. Enter your city or zip code to see if we have something scheduled near you or adopt your own store.

2) If you want to help in another way, why not sponsor a striker? The brave act of going out on strike also comes with an economic cost. By making a donation, you can help to ensure that Walmart strikers receive a $50 grocery gift card.

3) Use our Share for Respect Facebook app to tell your Walmart worker friends about what’s going on!

4) Join the conversation on how to change Walmart by contributing art and ideas to our Tumblr.

5) Connect with workers and other community supporters on our Official Black Friday Walmart Strike Facebook page and like the Making Change at Walmart Facebook page.

6) On Twitter, use the hashtag #walmartstrikers and follow Making Change at Walmart.



Why should you get involved?
As the largest private employer in the United States and the world, Walmart is setting the standard for jobs. That standard is so low that hundreds of thousands of its employees are living in poverty—even many that work full time. The problems extend to workers who toil in unsafe working conditions in subcontracted warehouses. And also to workers in developing countries such as China and Bangladesh who make incredibly low wages while manufacturing the goods on Walmart’s shelves. That pulls down standards for workers in the United States and around the globe.

Because of its size and political influence, Walmart is affecting much more than just working conditions. Although it has gained much fanfare for its efforts in environmentalism, sustainability has mostly been a public relations campaign for Walmart. The company has written hundreds of press releases and thousands of blog posts, but made little actual progress in reducing the environmental impacts of its products and business.



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Ichingcarpenter Nov 2012 OP
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Sherman A1 Nov 2012 #3
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Response to Ichingcarpenter (Original post)

Mon Nov 12, 2012, 03:47 AM

1. I wish them every success and will be happy to support in any way possible.

Finding the business practices and treatment of their employees reprehensible, I made the decision years ago to never patronize Walmart. My husband being a life long Union member is another reason for my decision.

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Mon Nov 12, 2012, 04:41 AM

2. K&R

 



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Mon Nov 12, 2012, 04:46 AM

3. K&R

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Response to Ichingcarpenter (Original post)

Mon Nov 12, 2012, 07:28 AM

4. Boycott Wal-istan and take it a step further...

Just stay home, don't shop and enjoy the day, if you have it off (or even if you're stuck with working). Now that the Grand Electoral Kabuki is over, perhaps we can safely acknowledge low-wage workers as human beings again, and we can start by making a statement. It would also be nice if we could do something about this notion of people trampling each other over cheap shit as a competitive sport...

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Response to Shade7M (Reply #4)

Mon Nov 12, 2012, 08:02 AM

5. That's my plan...

Some stores are starting their sales Thursday evening. What price do we pay for that?

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