By Nathan Jackson Walmart workers across the country are striking for the first time in the company’s 50 year history, this Black Friday.
Workers at the largest retailer in the world are fed up with their sub par treatment in the giant retailer. Many workers are underpaid, uninsured and treated with a lack of respect. This Friday they are asking for folks to join the workers in protest outside of Walmart stores in solidarity. You can find other ways to support workers here: -ForRespect Also some folks are coming out to the Renton Walmart at 9:30 AM. You can join us if ya like.
Walmart workers, through their organization of associates called OUR Walmart, has simple goals: Walmart should respect the workers, decent pay, make full time available for associates who wish it, and provide affordable healthcare. After all the Walton family who owns Walmart has more wealth than the bottom 40% of all Americans. Yeah, you read that right.
Don’t you think the Waltons can afford to treat the workers with basic respect between sips of champagne?
The workers also want protection from retaliation from raising concerns about unfair labor practices and respect. In the past Walmart has fired workers who cause a stir and has intimidated and discouraged workers talking with each other.
Workers across the country are starting to flex their muscles, but it hasn’t been easy.
Big corporations and some unscrupulous elected officials have been trying for years to make it harder for workers to stand up together for better conditions. These efforts have a lot of money and influence behind them, but they don’t have the most important factor—being right.
Workers have the right to stand up for better treatment from their employers. What the Walmart workers want is fairness and respect. They want access to full time work, decent pay and affordable healthcare. It’s a reasonable request and if Walmart doesn’t respond, they are willing to walk off the job.
It’s happening right now and we have their backs.