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Thu Nov 29, 2012, 07:52 PM

OUR Walmart Organizers Promise Multi-Pronged December

Source: The Nation

Josh Eidelson

Following last week’s unprecedented Black Friday strikes, the union-backed retail workers group OUR Walmart has identified two priorities for next month: aggressive pushback against alleged retaliation, and conversations with customers outside Walmart stores.

Organizers say over 500 retail workers struck in the several days leading up to and including Black Friday. That includes individual workers who went on solo strikes at their stores without previous contact with the campaign, as well as larger groups of employees at stores where workers have been organizing for months. Last month’s retail strikes drew about 160 workers, suggesting steady–though not exponential–growth (The Nation’s take on the strikes’ significance, and what it will take for them to grow, appears in the issue out today).

Colby Harris, who was the only worker to strike his Lancaster, Texas, store last month, said he was joined by at least ten co-workers this time. Harris told The Nation that another five or six workers signed up to join the organization since Black Friday, and “it seems like a lot more people are willing to take more actions the next time that we do that.” During the strike, said Harris, some of his non-striking co-workers “felt inspired, and then once they saw us return to work, it just gave them a little more confidence.”

During the holiday shopping season, OUR Walmart plans to communicate with Walmart customers about the company’s conditions. That includes internet outreach and face-to-face conversations with people entering and leaving stores. OUR Walmart so far has stopped short of calling on customers to boycott the company.

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Read more: http://www.thenation.com/blog/171528/walmart-organizers-promise-multi-pronged-december#



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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Thu Nov 29, 2012, 07:59 PM

1. I'm usually a Wal-Mart shopper this time of year

NOT THIS YEAR. I'M ON THE SIDE OF THE WORKERS.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Thu Nov 29, 2012, 08:01 PM

2. I've never seen what is so great about Walmart. Their prices are not that great, other stores have

good prices too and are better to their workers. Too many are brainwashed into thinking Walmart is the "go to" store.

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Response to RKP5637 (Reply #2)

Thu Nov 29, 2012, 08:31 PM

5. Absolutely agree.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Thu Nov 29, 2012, 08:18 PM

3. Omaha Steve, thanks for

Posting worker/employee/labor news on DU so often. I love to read and learn what is going on
(retired CWA local pres)

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Thu Nov 29, 2012, 08:25 PM

4. Learning that the more rural areas ... where WalMart got its claws in early ... have fewer options.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Fri Nov 30, 2012, 09:16 AM

6. Good but...

I think this needs to go further than just discouraging potential shoppers (though that's a start). We really need to get ordinary people in the surrounding communities peacefully shutting these stores down. What would happen, for instance, if on a given day, everyone in the community who was disgusted with Walmart's policies just drove their cars to Walmart, parked them in the parking lot, and left. There would be no parking spaces left for the shoppers. The argument needs to be not just that Walmart's workers are mistreated, but that Walmart's policies are bad for the community, and the community will not tolerate the existence of this store in its current form anymore.

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