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: 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: Peter Van Buren Wednesday November 26, 2014 11:23 am|
Walmart, who pays its workers so little and/or gives them so few hours, that they cannot feed themselves while the Walton family rakes in billions, does have its sense of humor. Either that or they could just care so little about what anyone thinks that they are just like, whatever, what are you going to do about it anyway except buy more junk you don’t need from us on Black Friday?
|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: DSWright Wednesday October 8, 2014 8:05 am|
America’s largest employer, Walmart, has announced that it will no longer be providing benefits for many of its part-time employees. According to the Associated Press, Walmart will no longer offer health insurance to employees who work less than an average of 30 hours a week starting January 1st, 2015. The workers will be forced to find other means of insurance and given Walmart’s terrible wages many of those workers will likely find themselves on public assistance.
|By: EllenBravo Thursday September 25, 2014 7:10 pm|
Girshriela Green got involved the day someone called saying he wanted to make a change at Walmart – the corporation that had left her seriously injured from overwork and seriously underpaid. “I was sitting at home in a neck brace,” she said, “going, how did I land here – I was a model employee, I exceeded all expectations, and I’m sitting here broken.”
When she returned to work, Girshriela needed light duty because she was still recovering from the injury and because she was pregnant. She had trouble getting accommodations and began to hear from other women who were afraid to tell their manager they were pregnant. “Shouldn’t nobody be scared to tell someone you’re starting a family,” says Girshriela. “That’s a beautiful thing.”
|By: Peter Van Buren Wednesday August 27, 2014 2:25 pm|
The way you functionally subsidize companies paying low-wages to workers– ponying up the difference between what McDonald’s and others pay and what those workers need to live via taxpayer-paid SNAP (food stamps) and other benefits– is a hidden cost in plain sight. You’re already paying higher prices via higher taxes; you just may not know it.
|By: Peter Van Buren Thursday August 7, 2014 11:45 am|
Raise the minimum wage. The arguments for are strong, and the arguments against don’t hold up to facts.
One important reason to raise the minimum wage to a living one is that people who can afford to feed themselves will not need food stamps paid for by taxpayers. You still think everything on the dollar menu really costs only a dollar? Companies who profit off their workers’ labor will be forced to pay a fair price for it, and not get by on taxpayer-subsidized low wages. Just as important, people who can afford to feed themselves earn not just money, but self-respect.
|By: Peter Van Buren Wednesday August 6, 2014 7:55 am|
Walmart, which already is profiting mightily from federal, taxpayer paid corporate welfare in the form of food stamps subsidizing its workers’ low wages, as well as billions in direct profits from buyers shopping with food stamps, also takes advantage of tax laws that help it avoid paying federal tax.