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Sweet writes: "It's time to take a stand and support the workers who are standing up to live better through an unfair labor practice strike."

Will the Walmart worker's strike on Black Friday hurt the nations largest retailer? (photo:
Will the Walmart worker's strike on Black Friday hurt the nations largest retailer? (photo:

Support Walmart Black Friday Strikers

By Diane Sweet, Occupy America

16 November 12


t's time to take a stand and support the workers who are standing up to live better through an unfair labor practice strike.

Walmart workers decided to strike on Black Friday after they were targeted for retaliation for speaking out about substandard work conditions and treatment last month in the first ever walk out in the history of the company.

We ask you to help us feed the workers who will walk out on the company next week on the biggest shopping day of the year.

The workers are demanding the following from Walmart:

Improve Workers' Lives Pay a minimum of $25,000/year and guarantee quality, affordable health coverage for all Walmart associates and workers in the company's US distribution chain.

Rebuild Communities

Sign on to a national community benefits agreement that ensures as Walmart expands into new markets, it strengthens communities, protects the environment and is responsible for the well-being of its employees in its retail stores and US supply and distribution chain.

Put Its Promises in Writing

Agree to a global labor agreement guaranteeing the fundamental human right of freedom of association for all of its associates and instruct their suppliers to do the same, and recognize and negotiate with OUR Walmart.

Elevate Global Living Standards

Establish a legally binding global responsible contractor policy requiring contractors and subcontractors to provide living wages, worker safety protections, and respect basic human and labor rights, including freedom of association and freedom from racial and gender discrimination.

How can I support in other ways?

You can join solidarity actions throughout the United States. Find out which solidarity actions are being organized and the store employees that are participating by going to the Corporate Action Network event page.

"The only thing workers have to bargain with is their skill or their labor. Denied the right to withhold it as a last resort, they become powerless. The strike is therefore not a breakdown of collective bargaining-it is the indispensable cornerstone of that process." - Paul Clark

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+16 # MainStreetMentor 2012-11-16 19:25
At last comes the realization: Workers - unionized or not - if totally dedicated to a common cause, and willing to undergo additional hardship, can and WILL command attentions to their collective needs. Let's just hope these protesters stay within the confines of the law, for failing to do so, can cause severe damage (through detrimental PR) to their cause. The media MUST support them if there is to be advancements for their group.
+4 # DPM 2012-11-16 23:46
If you can't support these people, you don't deserve anything better than what they have.
I'll ask my Occupy members to help. You do the same.
+4 # MidwestTom 2012-11-17 07:53
WalMart is the poster child for how to legally avoid many labor laws. Unfortunately, by so doing they have become the lowest price supplier of the basic needs of life for most the poor people iin this country. There are far more WalMart shoppers than there are WalMart employees. By helping the smaller group are we hurting the much larger group? If the government lowers assistance to the poor it will hurt WalMart. No company can really challenge WalMart at this time, but Fred's is gaining in rural areas, with even lower priced merchandise.
-11 # Gary 2012-11-17 10:04
If RSN truly feels that people shouldn't work on Black Friday, he should give the day off to his employees too.
+2 # reiverpacific 2012-11-18 22:06
Quoting Gary:
If RSN truly feels that people shouldn't work on Black Friday, he should give the day off to his employees too.

So what's your point -or lack thereof?
Comparing Walmart -a filthy-rich sweatshop disguised as a store, to RSN, is like likening MacDonald's to a struggling, self-supporting mom and pop eatery that serves locally grown food.
-2 # Gary 2012-11-19 11:41
So what's your point? It's ok for some people to work holidays and not for others?
+5 # Vardoz 2012-11-17 11:38
We have made a pledge never to shop at Walmart ever again. We learned how awful they are from Moore's Capitalism a love story. It just broke our hearts to see how these people were abused.
+1 # Terrapin 2012-11-17 11:51
... perhaps the deployment of the "SHOP-IN" as a strike support tactic by the public needs to be re-examined
+4 # erogers 2012-11-17 15:41
Why just Black Friday. I have not stepped foot in a Walmart for at least six years. The company has one goal: the destruction of downtown businesses. A curse upon Walmart the scourge of America.
+4 # Rick Levy 2012-11-17 20:38
Why don't shoppers get the message that by saving a few bucks on Walmart's lower price, they are doing so on the backs of the workers? They can't plead ignorance. You'd have to be living in a cave to not be aware by now about the poor wages and hideous working conditions at that company?

Walmart is long overdue for a nationwide boycott.
+3 # NAVYVET 2012-11-17 22:53
If you're going thataway, bring along coffee and donuts for the strikers. And enough for the cops who are probably there, too.

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