November 29, 2013
By Stephanie West
This Friday November 29th, the biggest shopping day of the year, workers at Walmart are taking another courageous stand for better wages and a better economy for all of us. Recent news reports discussed how associates at one Ohio Walmart store set up food collection bins for their fellow low-paid co-workers. In fact, Walmart recently disclosed that over half of its workers earn less than $25,000 a year.
Last year, Walmart workers across the country walked off the job, protesting their painfully low wages, erratic schedules, paltry benefits, and unacceptable working conditions. But rather than addressing its associates' concerns, Walmart made threats to fire or outright fired more than 100 workers who had been involved in the protests.
The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) – the federal agency charged with protecting workers' rights – announced that it's pursuing a rare national complaint against Walmart for retaliating against and threatening these workers.
For the second year in a row, Walmart workers are planning protests at stores across the country on Black Friday, the biggest shopping day of the year.