Nov 25 2013

Walmart Associates Gear Up For Bigger, Badder, Black Friday Protests

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While the Walton Family puts together their lavish Thanksgiving celebration this week in Bentonville, Arkansas using their combined net worth of over $90 billion, Walmart employees in Canton Ohio are holding a canned food drive so they can feed their families. The day after Thanksgiving on Black Friday, non-unionized Walmart workers will once again take to the streets to demand better wages and working conditions.

This year, workers are bolstered by fact that the National Labor Relations Board or NLRB may issue complaints against the retail giant for violating federal labor laws in 13 states for previous strike actions. But while the NLRB found that Walmart illegally fired and threatened to fire workers who participated in protests they will not issue the complaints unless Walmart avoids settling with the involved parties.

OUR Walmart, the group organizing Walmart Associates around the country is hoping for 1,500 protests this year to demand a $25,000 a year minimum wage for full time workers and a guarantee of 40 hours of work a week so Associates can maintain their benefits. Momentum seems to be building as workers have already started striking over this past weekend in Florida and California. Meanwhile, news broke this morning that Walmart CEO Mike Duke will be replaced by Doug McMillon. Duke, whose leadership was marked by Walmart’s bribery scandal in Mexico will be given a retirement package of over $113 million.

GUEST: Nelson Lichtenstein, author of The Retail Revolution: How Wal-Mart Created a Brave New World of Business and the MacArthur Foundation chair in history at the University of California, Santa Barbara and director of the Center for the Study of Work, Labor, and Democracy

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