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Make a Black Friday Call to Support Walmart Workers

Make a Black Friday Call to Support Walmart Workers

You've definitely seen the local news stories where crowds of people swarm outside stores, fighting for the best Black Friday deals. But on this Black Friday, people are at Walmart stores across the country to fight for something else—a fair deal for Walmart workers. 

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Trumka: Labor Movement Proudly Stands With Walmart Workers on Black Friday

Trumka: Labor Movement Proudly Stands With Walmart Workers on Black Friday

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka released the following statement of solidarity with the Walmart workers who are striking on Black Friday (after the jump).

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Stand with Walmart Strikers on Black Friday

Stand with Walmart Strikers on Black Friday

Walmart workers, many who earn poverty-level wages and have irregular and part-time hours, have mobilized for justice and fairness at Walmart over the past few years and now are calling on Walmart to end retaliation against workers who are speaking up for better pay and working conditions. Now, workers’ allies in communities around the nation are joining them in massive demonstrations on Black Friday (Nov. 28), the biggest shopping day of the year.

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5 Ways Walmart Avoids Paying Taxes and Is Scheming to Pay Even Less

A new report from Americans for Tax Fairness, How Walmart is Dodging Billions in Taxes: And Scheming to Avoid Billions More, details the ways that Walmart avoids paying $1 billion in taxes a year and is spending massive amounts of money so it can pay even less in taxes. The largest retailer in the country is owned by the richest family in the country and faces constant criticism for paying workers wages so low that many of its employees can't make ends meet.

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Walmart Workers to Strike as New Report Calls Company 'America's Largest Poverty Incubator'

In advance of Black Friday protests the day after Thanksgiving, Walmart workers in Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio, participated in a one-day strike calling on the retail giant to increase wages. Meanwhile, a new report, “Walmart's Hunger Games: How America's Largest Employer and Richest Family Worsen the Hunger Crisis,” called Walmart the poster child for food insecurity in America.

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Former Massey Energy CEO Indicted

For those of you who have been following the Massey Energy story, the Mine Workers (UMWA) passed along this news yesterday: U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin announced that a federal grand jury today returned an indictment charging Donald L. Blankenship, former chief executive officer of Massey Energy Co., with four criminal offenses. The indictment charges Blankenship with conspiracy to violate mandatory federal mine safety and health standards, conspiracy to impede federal mine safety officials, making false statements to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and securities fraud.

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How Walmart Destroyed U.S. Manufacturing

How Walmart Destroyed U.S. Manufacturing

Walmart has spent millions of dollars in the past two years on public relations promotions, advertising and conferences, trying to convince us that it, well, cares about America. From championing hiring veterans (which is noble, yes, but veterans deserve better than poverty wage jobs, and Walmart receives a substantial tax break for hiring them) to promoting “U.S. manufacturing,” the company has tried to evade the common sense of real, hardworking Americans by helping them forget Walmart was responsible for our manufacturing sector’s demise in the first place.

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Striking Walmart Workers Stage L.A. Sit-Downs at Stores and in the Street

Photo by Cluadia Koerner via Twitter

In Los Angeles yesterday, Walmart workers participated in their boldest action to date: the first-ever sit-down strike at a Walmart store. They were protesting an end to retaliation when they speak out for $15 an hour, full-time hours and respect at work.  

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Hey, Walmart, Want to Fix Those Sales Problems? Why Not Invest in Workers?

Photo courtesy Sean on Flickr

An internal memo, recently leaked by a Walmart manager, urged store managers to improve lagging sales, primarily through addressing problems with understocked shelves and with keeping fresh meat, dairy and produce stocked and aging or expired items off the shelves. Such complaints are widespread at Walmart stores and are likely a significant factor in the company's sales, which have lagged for 18 months. While the memo catalogs problems the company faces, it ignores the two most obvious solutions—giving workers adequate hours and paying those workers the $15 living wage they've been calling for. 

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What Working in Fast Food Could Be Like

Photo courtesy Steven Isaacson on Flickr

Imagine you have a job where you get the full 40-hour workweek you want. You have affordable health care that meets your needs. You get five weeks paid vacation, paid maternity and paternity leave, a pension and overtime pay for working after 6 p.m. or on Sunday. You get your work schedule four weeks in advance so you can plan your life. And your employer can't send you home early without pay because business is slow. You have a union that is well-organized and fights to make sure your rights are protected. After you pay your rent and bills, you can still put some money in your savings account, and you still have money left over to go out and have a nice evening. And you know that if times get tough, that savings you have been able to put away will help you through.

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