Walmart workers’ fight for justice and an end to retaliation against workers who speak out for better working conditions and pay reached historic heights on Black Friday, with an estimated 1,600 actions and strikes at Walmart locations around the country, including workers’ sit-down strikes at Walmart stores in Southern California and the District of Columbia.
Tens of thousands of union and community supporters joined Walmart workers and called on the company to end retaliation for workers who are speaking out for better pay and working conditions. Walmart brings in more than $16 billion in annual profits; and the Walton family has built up nearly $150 billion in wealth. The majority of Walmart workers are paid less than $25,000 a year.
In Phoenix, nine-year Walmart worker Sandra Sok' said:
Many of us are living in deep poverty and going hungry because the Waltons won’t pay us a fair wage. When my co-workers speak out about these issues, the company tries to silence us. For all of my brothers and sisters who have experienced illegal threats, I am on strike.