Walmart workers are considered among the most abused in the industry. They’ve become a symbol of how capitalism has gone wrong in the US over the last 30 years. Wages have remained stagnant for the American worker, but the rich have a larger percentage of American income than they’ve had in the last 100 years.
Black Friday might be the best day to pull off a strike, and that’s the day that workers are planning to take their stand. This strike is especially interesting after it was recently revealed that the Walton family alone, who own Walmart, have more wealth than nearly every member of the African American community.
Strikes like this aren’t going to get much help from the government, since politicians are now owned by corporations. The last resort for the people is for them to stand up. Read on….
A group of Walmart employees pushing for higher wages said on Friday they were planning protests at 1,600 Walmart stores nationwide on Black Friday, the biggest shopping day of the year in the United States.
The labor group, Our Walmart, said it had protested 1,200 to 1,400 Walmart stores last year on Black Friday, the day after the Thanksgiving holiday.
Wal-Mart Stores Inc, owner of Walmart brand stores, and the largest private employer in the United States, has been a target for activists in the contentious national debate over proposals to raise the minimum wage.
The announcement comes a day after police arrested 23 people outside a Los Angeles-area Walmart protesting what they say are the company’s low wages and its retaliation against employees who pushed for better working conditions.
The arrests on Thursday followed several hours of protest by a number of Walmart workers in California, according to Our Walmart and The United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, or UFCW.
About 30 workers entered a Walmart store in the Crenshaw neighborhood of Los Angeles on Thursday morning and held a sit-down protest for two hours, UFCW spokesman Marc Goumbri said.
The workers then protested at a Walmart store in Pico Rivera in eastern Los Angeles where the arrests eventually took place.