Stand with Walmart Strikers on Black Friday

November 23, 2012 by  
Filed under Economy

A Community Call to Action

(Corporate Acton Network)

Across the country, Walmart employs 1.4 million people.  We are not just the Associates that you see in stores, we are moms and dads, sons and daughters, husbands and wives working hard to support our families.   We have been speaking out for good jobs with decent pay, regular hours, affordable healthcare and respect, but instead of working with us to make changes, Walmart has attempted to silence and retaliate against us for speaking out.  Our jobs have been threatened, our hours cut, our schedules changed.  Some of us have even been fired.   We will not be silenced.  Throughout the holiday season, including Black Friday, we will be standing up for an end to the retaliation against workers who speak out for what’s right for our families, our communities and our country, and we hope that you will stand with us.

Your Support Is Critical

It is not an easy decision, but without an end to the retaliation, Walmart workers across the country will be walking off the job in protest, and we hope you will join us in creative, non-violent action in solidarity with our strike.  We ask that supporters take action that spreads the word about our strikes and demonstrates to Walmart a wave of support for workers who are speaking out.

We will not be silenced until we see real change at Walmart.
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We deeply appreciate your support as we strike to defend our rights.  As we stand together, we request that your solidarity actions are done in a way that supports our goals and principals.

We believe that the most effective way of persuading Walmart, enlisting the support of Walmart customers and the general public, and continuing to organize our co-workers is through the persuasiveness of our message and the solidarity of those standing with the strikers.  As a result, we take great pains to carefully plan and conduct our actions so they are orderly, peaceful, permit access to and from Walmart’s stores, and do not unlawfully disrupt Walmart operations or interfere with worker productivity.  We respectfully ask you to adhere to these principals when carrying out actions or protests in solidarity with Walmart associates.

We also ask you to conduct all actions in support of the strikers peacefully, in a way to permit access to the stores and disrupt Walmart operations and worker productivity no more than necessary to express and demonstrate support for strikers and call on Walmart to change.

We know we cannot win alone and it’s through the creative, non-violent actions of organizations such as yours that Walmart will be persuaded to change the way it treats its workers.

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