Monday, November 19, 2012

Walmart Workers Plan Walkout On Black Friday

Walmart workers plan a national walkout on Black Friday in protest over longstanding grievances related to pay, benefits and the refusal of management to listen to the concerns of workers:

The union-backed groups OUR Walmart and Making Change at Wal-Mart, and a watchdog group Corporate Action Network, are calling on the nation's largest employer to end what they call retaliation against employees who speak out for better pay, fair schedules and affordable health care.

...According to Anthony Bianco, author of "Wal-Mart: The Bully of Bentonville," butchers at a Wal-Mart supercenter in Jacksonville, Texas, voted to form a union in 2000 -- the first time employees had done so. But soon after that, Wal-Mart eliminated butcher departments in its stores across the country, he said. It has been reported that Wal-Mart said it got rid of its meat department as a cost cutting measure.

A similar thing happened when workers at a Quebec store attempted to unionize in 2005, Bianco said. Wal-Mart closed that store a few months after that. The company said at the time that its decision was prompted by the union wanting to change how the store operated.

Given these conditions, the workers who appear in the following powerful OUR Walmart video are especially courageous. Watch as they answer the question, "Why are Walmart workers standing up all across the country?":

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