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In twelve weeks, on the busiest shopping day of the year, Walmart workers will mount what may be the biggest-ever US strike against the retail giant. In an e-mailed statement, a campaign closely tied to the United Food & Commercial Workers union promised “widespread, massive strikes and protests for Black Friday,” the day after Thanksgiving. A Black Friday strike last year, in which organizers say over 400 workers walked off the job, was the largest and highest-profile action to date by the union-backed non-union workers’ group OUR Walmart, and the largest US strike in the company’s five-decade history.
via San Francisco Chronicle:
“This week, the 26-year-old Ware stood in front of a store in Oakland, describing through a bullhorn his solidarity with his “brothers and sisters” – fast-food workers and airport concession workers who also were barely surviving on near minimum-wage jobs, part-time hours and, if they are lucky, health care benefits.
Ware led about a dozen members of his “family” on a peaceful, two-minute walk through the store. They sang the classic Bob Marley tune, “Get Up, Stand Up,” as several store workers on the job furtively shot them thumbs-ups or quick salutes of solidarity.
It was a small sign of how the concerns of low-wage workers began to merge this week in the Bay Area and beyond.”
“I am family man, I have a wife and I just had a child. I am also a veteran, a Marine who served during Operation Iraqi Freedom. I now work at Walmart, serving customers every day. While I am excited and appreciative to have a job, I wish that I was paid enough to make ends meet. I currently make $7.70 an hour, three cents more than Florida’s minimum wage. At 30 hours per week, that’s a little more than $12,000 per year. That is just not enough to pay for food, rent and and still pay for things like car insurance. I don’t drive now because I can’t afford it. And believe me, it is hard to survive in South Florida without a car.
However, not everyone at Walmart makes minimum wage. Mike Duke, our CEO, made $18 million last year. That’s close to $9,000 an hour. Many Walmart workers would be happy to make $9 an hour.”