November 27, 2015
By Neal Tepel, LaborPress USA
New York, NY – Walmart workers demonstrated again this year on 'Black Friday', November 27th. Working conditions at the stores, $15 per hour minimum wage, and more full-time work for those who want it, remain the issues.
The protests led by Organization United for Respect at Walmart (OUR) were nationwide. In support of anti-Walmart activities, the UFCW planned a week-long food drive for Walmart workers. The protests mark the fourth year Walmart workers are striking and demonstrating at stores nationwide on 'Black Friday'. The company continues to respond to these protests with an agressive anti-union strategy.
Walmart retaliates against employees with indiscriminate firings or reduced work schedule. As a recent Bloomberg Businessweek cover story highlights, in 2012 the store hired the defense and intelligence contractor Lockheed Martin to keep tabs on employees and monitor activities of OUR Walmart. The findings were included in court documents brought about by a National Labor Relations Board hearing.
According to a November 24th article in Politico, UFCW organizer David Young said "Our campaign to change Walmart can't just be about one day" and will include food drives for current employees. In many locations, food drives will replace picketing. We will call attention to the fact that Walmart's low wages and low full-time hours, prevent many employees from actually putting food on the table.