Today is one of America’s most cherished holidays – “buy more things than you need” day aka Black Friday. Given that Black Friday draws in large amounts of shoppers with promises of extraordinary deals Walmart workers and labor activists are once again using the opportunity to fight for better wages at Walmart. According to the site setup by OUR Walmart 1600 stores are being targeted for protests today. Protests have already been reported in DC, Chicago, and parts of California.
|By: DSWright Friday November 28, 2014 11:10 am|
|By: msmolly Friday November 28, 2014 5:19 am|
Based on data from previous Black Fridays, many Black Friday sales started on Thanksgiving evening, and will continue throughout the weekend and into Cyber Monday. This year saw opening hours creep increasingly back into Thanksgiving Day. K-Mart opened at 6:00 a.m. on Thanksgiving. Several retailers (Macy’s, Best Buy, Kohl’s, Sears, J.C. Penney) opened at 5:00 p.m. or 6:00 p.m. The way the trend is going, we’ll soon be calling Thanksgiving “Black Thursday.”
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday November 27, 2014 4:00 pm|
Most Americans work more than the population in any other wealthy country. Americans are also increasingly likely to work at night and on the weekends. Thanksgiving used to be one of the few holidays, when a person could count on not working and being able to spend with family. Now, with Black Friday becoming a two-day capitalist bonanza, poor and working class employees are having to report to work or face the possibility of being fired.
|By: DSWright Thursday November 27, 2014 11:25 am|
With the Black Friday protests looming, Walmart workers in Oklahoma decided to take a bin set aside for people to donate food to impoverished Walmart employees and have it dropped off at one of the Walmart heiresses homes. Alice Walton inherited a fortune from her father and founder of Walmart Sam Walton. She has an estimated net worth of $35 billion thanks to her inherited Walmart wealth making her one of the richest people in the world.
|By: DSWright Wednesday November 26, 2014 2:38 pm|
In what is becoming a tradition, Walmart workers and labor activists are planning protests for Black Friday. This will be the third time in a row that Black Friday protests have drawn attention to Walmart’s poor treatment of its workers. Black Friday is generally considered to be one of the most important shopping days of the year and one where special deals draw shoppers in large numbers to retail outlets such as Walmart.
|By: Brian Sonenstein Thursday November 13, 2014 11:49 am|
Today, Walmart workers in Los Angeles escalated the fight for fair wages and treatment, holding the first-ever sit-down strike at a Walmart store.
Workers entered the store this morning and refused to move, holding a sit-in near cash registers and racks. “Stand Up, Live Better! Sit Down, Live Better!” the group chanted before sitting down.
|By: Nat Parry Wednesday December 4, 2013 8:00 pm|
It’s that time of year again. Time to dig out those decorations, deck the halls and trim the tree. Time to brave the stores in search of that perfect gift. And of course, time to turn on Fox News Channel and crank up the outrage over the “secularist” assault on the “sacred” Christian holiday celebrating the birth of Christ.
|By: dakine01 Saturday November 30, 2013 4:00 pm|
Well, here we are, the Saturday after Thanksgiving and the shopping season is upon us. Of course, some stores have had Christmas decorations up since before Halloween. Remember when the shopping and calendar years had distinct seasons? I do understand the desire of retail stores to push the envelope since for oh so many retail stores, the Christmas sales are the difference between an annual profit and loss for the year. While the term “Black Friday” did not originally have this definition, the idea that the Friday after Thanksgiving is the day where a business passes from the red (loss) into the black (profit) has gained some credence.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Saturday November 30, 2013 10:40 am|
Protests planned by current and former Walmart Associates and a coalition anchored by the United Food & Commercial Workers (UCFW) were held at various Walmart locations across the United States. Over 110 arrested were arrested while engaging in civil disobedience.
|By: BrandonJ Friday November 29, 2013 1:50 pm|
Once again, we return to the issue of errors in economics — home of incredibly insight arguments and utterly inane contributions. For the latter category, Professor Mark J. Perry takes today’s award for his contribution of stating Wal-Mart should be given the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize “for improving the lives of millions of low-income consumers globally.”