Posted by AzBlueMeanie:
Walmart workers across the country are striking on "Black Friday." It's time to take a stand and support the workers who are standing up to live better through an unfair labor practice strike. (h/t Crooksandliars.com). support the Wal-Mart employees as they strike on Black Friday:
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.
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.
You can tell Walmart to give their employees the basic respect they deserve by signing the declaration here. Or donate to help the striking workers here, and check here for solidarity actions planned in your area here.
For a good summary of the high cost of Walmart employment practices to taxpayers who are subsidizing its employment practices, see Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Prices.
"Up" with Chris Hayes this past weekend interviewed Walmart workers about the Black Friday strike. Walmart Worker: 'I Want To Play Football With My Son':
I'd like everyone who reads this to email everyone they know with a link to these videos, and ask them not to shop at any store on Thanksgiving night, and to support the Walmart Black Friday strike.
This is some of the most moving and powerful advocacy I have ever seen on television, and I'm grateful to Chris Hayes for the fine work he continues to do. You cannot watch this without responding to the quiet dignity of these Walmart workers, who want a living wage and humane working conditions.
And, as one worker put it, to spend Thanksgiving with his kids and play a little football.
If you'd like to help, here's the Walmart Strikers Food Fund.