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SoCal Wal-Mart Workers Strike

Los Angeles County Federation of Labor photo.

For the first time in history, Wal-Mart workers have gone on strike. Workers participating in the one-day strike at several Southern California stores say they are striking to protest attempts by Wal-Mart to silence and retaliate against associates who speak out about working conditions, low-pay, lack of respect and other issues that plague workers at the notorious anti-union retail giant.

While the striking workers are not union members, they have joined together in OUR Wal-Mart, a worker-led organization that stands up to make change in its company.

 Josh Eidelson at reports:

The strikers are taking a risk. With certain exceptions, courts have found that U.S. law prohibits disciplining non-union workers who go on strike in an effort to improve their working conditions. “The bottom line,” former NLRB Chairwoman Wilma Liebman said yesterday, “is non-union people, as well as unionized people, have a right to concertedly walk off the job in protest.”…But Wal-Mart strikers said yesterday that they expect the company will seek ways to punish them anyway.

Read Eidelson’s full report.

United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) President Joe Hansen says the union stands:

Shoulder to shoulder with these courageous associates who are taking action to demand that Wal-Mart workers can, and should, be able to speak out for real change without fear of retaliation.

The Wal-Mart strikers and hundreds of supporters from the unions of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor also rallied at a Pico Rivera Wal-Mart. See the tweets below:


Today’s action follows a 15-day strike by workers at a Riverside County, Calif., Wal-Mart warehouse and distribution center with unsafe and dangerous working conditions. Also, since mid-September, another group of nonunion workers at a warehouse and distribution center in Ellwood, Ill., remain on strike over the same type of conditions.

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