Walmart workers in Seattle-area stores will strike this morning, just days after Southern California Walmart workers walked off the job calling for a living wage and an end to retaliation against workers who are seeking change at the retail behemoth.
Washington State Walmart employee Mary Watkines told Salon’s Josh Eidelson in a pre-strike interview that workers have to endure management “intimidation and humiliation,” and added:
I want people to be able to live better, you know, like the commercial says….Nobody lives better except for the Waltons now.
In the Los Angeles strike, more than 50 Walmart workers and community, faith and union supporters were arrested after sitting down in an intersection outside a Chinatown Walmart to protest Walmart’s low wages and alleged retaliation against workers speaking out for change.
The recent actions by Walmart workers are a preview for a nationwide “Black Friday” day of action when Walmart and other low-wage retail workers plan demonstrations on what is traditionally the busiest holiday season shopping day.