Walmart associates launch strike

Today workers at Walmart stores across the country walked off the job in order to participate in the Ride for Respect and caravan across the U.S. to call for respect and dignity at Walmart and to raise awareness for the retaliation and poor working conditions at Walmart's stores and along the supply chain.

The Nation's Josh Eidelson reports workers plan to attend Walmart's annual shareholder meeting.

OUR Walmart in MassWalmart employees are on strike in Miami, Massachusetts and the California Bay Area this morning, kicking off what organizers promise will be the first “prolonged strikes” in the retail giant’s history. The union-backed labor group OUR Walmart says that at least a hundred workers have pledged to join the strikes, and that some workers walking off the job today will stay out at least through June 7, when Walmart holds its annual shareholder meeting near Bentonville, Arkansas.

 

Organizers expect retail employees in more cities to join the work stoppage, which follows the country’s first-ever coordinated Walmart store strikes last October, and a high-profile Black Friday walkout November 23. Like Black Friday’s, today’s strike is being framed by the union-backed labor group OUR Walmart as a response to retaliation against worker-activists.

Read more here from the Nation. (photo from OUR Walmart)

On June 7, worker advocates and people of faith will stand in solidarity with these workers all across the country for a national day of action! Click here to join the action and register to lead an event.

Interfaith Worker Justice organizers have gathered all the resources you need to make a visit to your Walmart store on June 7. Click here to register for a free call-in info session set for Thursday, May 30.