Sep 04 2013
In a bold move designed to send a message to the nation’s largest private employer, Walmart employees are staging another protest tomorrow to protest the company’s unfair labor practices.*
The group, OUR Walmart has organized Walmart Associates in fifteen different cities, including here in Los Angeles, to protest illegal firings of Walmart employees who participated in a strike in June and also to demand better wages. Thursday’s walkout will be the largest strike since the Black Friday protests last November. OUR Walmart has filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board about the illegal firing of dozens workers who participated in the June strike.
The Walmart Corporation is one of the most profitable companies in the world whose profits topped $4 billion dollars while a large portion of its workers survive off public assistance. Workers are calling for a minimum annual salary of $25,000 a year.
Walmart workers are also hoping that Washington DC Mayor Vince Gray will sign a bill which would require large retailers in DC to pay $12.50 an hour. Walmart walkouts are gaining strength throughout the country as more and more workers join the picket lines.
GUEST: Carlton Smith, former Walmart worker who was fired last year for organizing his fellow workers, Richard Reynoso, stocker at Walmart, who is currently on medical leave
* On the program today, we used the terms “strike” and “walkout” to describe Thursday’s protest. In fact, Walmart workers are protesting rather than walking off the job. Uprising regrets the error.