Monday, November 24, 2014

Stand with Walmart workers on Black Friday

Hi there—We wanted to make sure you saw this message from Diana Tigon, a Walmart worker and Organization United for Respect at Walmart (OUR Walmart) member in Arlington, TX.

Too many Walmart workers like Diana are unable to provide dinner for their families—for Thanksgiving and year-round—because Walmart chooses to manipulate workers' hours and cap workers' pay to keep them in poverty. Will you stand with Diana and OUR Walmart members around the country to protest Walmart on Black Friday?—Maria


I'm working 40 hours a week for a company owned by America's wealthiest family, and I still make so little that I have to skip meals to pay my bills. On the toughest weeks, I go whole days without a meal. Sometimes I have to rely on friends in the neighborhood who share food with me. And I'm far from the only one of my coworkers falling back on donations: Walmart even organizes canned food drives for its own employees!

If Walmart wants to help struggling workers, it can start by paying us enough to eat. But when workers like me speak out about the company's hypocrisy, we're met with bullying, threats, and illegal retaliation. Now we're going on strike to stand up to Walmart's attempt to silence us on Black Friday, the biggest shopping day of the year, and we want you there with us.

Check out this website to find a Black Friday protest near you. If you can't find one, there are instructions on how to take action on your own.

Walmart rakes in $16 billion a year in profits. The Walton heirs are worth more than $150 billion, making them the wealthiest single family in the country. It's ridiculous and offensive for their company to tell us to turn to our coworkers for donated food. Walmart can easily pay all of us $15 an hour, enough to live with dignity and raise a family.

Last week, workers went on strike in Ohio, where Walmart was caught telling associates to donate food to their coworkers last year. Meanwhile, community supporters are holding their own food drive to shame Walmart and the Walton family for leaving their workers struggling to survive. And this is just the beginning: workers and our community allies are planning even bigger actions for Black Friday. Will you be there?

Can we count on you? Click here to sign up for an action.

Thanks for standing with us!
Diana Tigon, Walmart worker and OUR Walmart member

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