Please Pledge To Boycott Walmart This Black Friday!
It’s time to support Walmart workers who are fighting for an economy that works for all of us – let’s support their strike this Black Friday by not crossing the picket line.
Why are Walmart workers standing up all across the country?
“Because we live in America, we work for the world’s largest company, and we’re still not making it.”
“Because I have to choose between paying my bills and having enough to eat.”
“Because management bullies us and causes unnecessary stress.”
“Because I’m tired of working for a company where workers get cheated and cheaters get rewarded.”
“Because I want a better life for my son.”
“Because management disrespects me in front of customers.”
“Because the Walton family has as much wealth as 45 million American families.”
“Because long-term associates are being fired.”
“Because they don’t treat me like a human being.”
“Because my fellow associates have to use our local food pantries.”
“Because of all the favoritism in my store.”
“Because when we speak out, Walmart retaliates.”
“Because if I didn’t live with family I would have to choose between health care and food.”
“Because we’re people, not cattle. We deserve respect.”
“Because I spoke out at my store and Walmart illegally fired me for it.”
“Because together we are stronger than we are alone.”
“Because Walmart can afford to give us enough to live better.”
STAND UP!!!!! LIVE BETTER!!!!!
As the world’s largest private employer, Walmart impacts all of our lives. Communities, workers, organizations and elected officials are coming together to demand that Walmart improve living conditions and guarantee the rights of workers, care for the environment, rebuild our communities and elevate global living standards.
An emailed appeal of the striking workers:
A Community Call to Action
Across the country, Walmart employs 1.4 million people. We are not just the Associates that you see in stores, we are moms and dads, sons and daughters, husbands and wives working hard to support our families. We have been speaking out for good jobs with decent pay, regular hours, affordable healthcare and respect, but instead of working with us to make changes, Walmart has attempted to silence and retaliate against us for speaking out. Our jobs have been threatened, our hours cut, our schedules changed. Some of us have even been fired.
We will not be silenced. Throughout the holiday season, including Black Friday, we will be standing up for an end to the retaliation against workers who speak out for what's right for our families, our communities and our country, and we hope that you will stand with us.
Your Support Is Critical
It is not an easy decision, but without an end to the retaliation, Walmart workers across the country will be walking off the job in protest, and we hope you will join us in creative, non-violent action in solidarity with our strike. We ask that supporters take action that spreads the word about our strikes and demonstrates to Walmart a wave of support for workers who are speaking out.
We deeply appreciate your organization’s support us as we strike to defend our rights. As we stand together, we request that your solidarity actions are done in a way that supports our goals and principals.
We believe that the most effective way of persuading Walmart, enlisting the support of Walmart customers and the general public, and continuing to organize our co-workers, is through the persuasiveness of our message and the solidarity of those standing with the strikers. As a result, we take great pains to carefully plan and conduct our actions so they are orderly, peaceful, permit access to and from Walmart’s stores, and do not unlawfully disrupt Walmart operations or interfere with worker productivity.
We ask you to conduct all actions in support of the strikers peacefully, in a way to permit access to the stores and disrupt Walmart operations and worker productivity no more than necessary to express and demonstrate support for strikers and call on Walmart to change. We know we cannot win alone and it’s through the creative, non-violent actions of organizations such as yours that Walmart will be persuaded to change the way it treats its workers.
This from Slate:
Organized by OUR Wal-Mart, a national organization of Wal-Mart employees seeking better working conditions, the strike threat builds on this week’s activism, in which 88 workers have walked out at 28 stores in 12 states. Organizers say that at a minimum, workers want Wal-Mart to end what they call retaliatory firings of activist workers.
Wal-Mart denies any retaliatory firings, but has made no attempt to stop bashing OUR Walmart at mandatory employee meetings. So far, striking workers account for only one in every 10,000 of Walmart’s 1.4 million U.S. employees. But the strike threat, supported by the National Consumer League, National Organization of Women, and the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement, could land a symbolic blow by raising public visibility to labor grievances on a day traditionally reserved for an orgy of commercial consumption
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