Support Walmart employees on Black Friday
Please join other labor, student, community and religious groups in supporting Walmart employees on Black Friday (November 23) and throughout the holiday shopping season. Details about actions in specific states, including at Walmart stores in Massachusetts, can be found at http://www.corporateactionnetwork.org/campaigns/black-friday.
This site includes a petition members can sign electronically and other information about ways you can help. Supporters will be gathering in front of some Walmart stores to spread the word about Walmart’s retaliation against employees who are seeking better treatment by the retail giant. Wear your MTA Activist T-shirt if you have one!
Massachusetts Jobs With Justice is the lead group organizing actions in support of Walmart employees in Massachusetts. You can learn more at http://www.massjwj.net/news/where-will-you-be-black-friday.
Here is an article in the Boston Herald summarizing what is going on locally as of November 19: http://bostonherald.com/business/general/view.bg?articleid=1061175715
Below is a summary of what is going on nationally from OUR Walmart, an employee organization that has received financial support and guidance from the United Food and Commercial Workers Union.
A Community Call to Action
Across the country, Walmart employs 1.4 million people. We are not just the Associates you see in stores, we are moms and dads, sons and daughters, husbands and wives working hard to support our families. We have been speaking out for good jobs with decent pay, regular hours, affordable health care and respect, but instead of working with us to make changes, Walmart has attempted to silence and retaliate against us for speaking out. Our jobs have been threatened, our hours cut, our schedules changed. Some of us have even been fired. We will not be silenced. Throughout the holiday season, including Black Friday, we will be standing up for an end to the retaliation against workers who speak out for what's right for our families, our communities and our country, and we hope that you will stand with us.
Your Support Is Critical
It is not an easy decision, but without an end to the retaliation, Walmart workers across the country will be walking off the job in protest, and we hope you will join us in creative, non-violent action in solidarity with our strike. We ask that supporters take action that spreads the word about our strikes and demonstrates to Walmart a wave of support for workers who are speaking out.
We will not be silenced until we see real change at Walmart.
OUR Walmart: http://forrespect.org/