Posts tagged Walmart
Posts tagged Walmart
This photo from Warehouse Workers United on Twitter shows Santa getting arrested at a Black Friday Walmart demonstration.
Run THAT on the front page of the NYT.
From US Uncut:
Happening NOW! Walmart workers are getting arrested for striking outside the company’s NYC headquarters as part of a nationwide action.
I stand in solidarity with my brothers and sisters in NYC — and everywhere else — placing their livelihood and lives at risk by standing up for the rights of workers. An injustice to one is an injustice to all.
Email me at email@example.com, tweet me @meglanker or drop me a line in the ask box!
We’re rolling tomorrow.
Tomorrow’s radio show is going to be all about the strike. For more, check out makingchangeatwalmart.org.
The latest news in the Walmart labor protests — which have included walkouts and marches in Dallas, San Diego, Chicago and Los Angeles — is the threat of a strike on Black Friday. That’s the day after Thanksgiving, widely considered the busiest, and most lucrative, retail day of the year. Some 200 angry protesters showed up at a meeting of investors and analysts earlier today at Walmart’s headquarters in Bentonville, Ark.
I hope they do it. Seriously. No day like Black Friday.
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.
And that would be a Mitt Romney plush head in the Walmart claw game.
Suggestion to the GOP: Run this Mitt. The robot is shorting out on the regular. The doll is less likely to say shit necessitating a hurricane of mea culpas weeklybecause it is physically incapable of talking! No more awkward comments about 47% of Americans! This plush head can’t wish it were Latino. And if it sees a group of black people, it WON’T ask, “Who let the dogs out?”
Even if it takes a whole roll of quarters to fetch it, I bet running the doll is cheaper than running Romneybot — and it’s a hell of a lot more animated. Additionally, if the doll becomes frustrating, you can just stuff it into a gym bag versus the whole apology/humanizing media tour y’all have been embarking upon since, well, every other choice for the GOP nomination was eliminated.
(h/t to reader Erin Smith in Laramie, Wyo. for photo)