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“I’m Excited, I’m Nervous, I’m Scared…” Walmart Workers Walk Off Jobs

This is fantastic:

Today, for the first time in Walmart’s fifty-year history, workers at multiple stores are out on strike. Minutes ago, dozens of workers at Southern California stores launched a one-day work stoppage in protest of alleged retaliation against their attempts to organize. In a few hours, they’ll join supporters for a mass rally outside a Pico Rivera, CA store. This is the latest – and most dramatic – of the recent escalations in the decades-long struggle between organized labor and the largest private employer in the world.

"I’m excited, I’m nervous, I’m scared…" Pico Rivera Walmart employee Evelin Cruz told Salon yesterday about her decision to join today’s strike. "But I think the time has come, so they take notice that these associates are tired of all the issues in the stores, all the management retaliating against you." Rivera, a department manager, said her store is chronically understaffed: "They expect the work to be done, without having the people to do the job."

I wish them all the best. Where are the political candidates standing with these workers? Do I even have to ask? 

There are few locations where any Walmart workers are unionized. Perhaps this will help wake some folks up to the power of banding together.

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    That ending quote sounds a bit familiar. Solidarity, little lady.
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