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OUR Walmart Restarts Campaign

September 23, 2015
By Steve Wishnia and Neal Tepel

A restructured Organization United for Respect at Walmart (OUR Walmart) re-launched itself Sept. 17, planning to expand its backing from the United Food and Commercial Workers to a coalition of 20 organizations, such as the Working Families Party, Interfaith Workers Justice, Color of Change, and Jobs With Justice.

The four-year-old group will continue to seek a $15 an hour minimum wage and full-time, consistent hours for Walmart workers, and as before, will not try to have the company recognize it as a union. “The goal now is a worker-supported, sustainable organization of and for workers,” codirector Dan Schlademan told In These Times. That means, he said, relying mainly on workers’ self-organization than on staff, learning from other non-union worker organizations such the Restaurant Opportunities Center and the National Domestic Workers Alliance, and defending leaders fired by Walmart. “It’s a worker-led organization,” said Cynthia Murray, an OUR Walmart activist at the store in Laurel, Md. “It’s the voice of workers inside the company—of and for the workers.” Read more

September 22, 2015

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