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Forum Post: Occupy calls to support Black Friday strikes - in support of workers world wide - check it out!

Posted 1 year ago on Nov. 14, 2012, 2:33 p.m. EST by DKAtoday (26024) from Coon Rapids, MN
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Awesome Occupy Awesome - Support the Walmart Black Friday Strikers! In support of American workers and workers around the world.

TWEETED & Keep-on Keeping-ON

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[-] 1 points by hchc (3297) from Tampa, FL 1 year ago

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/11/14/1161557/-Walmart-warehouse-workers-strike-in-response-to-retaliation-And-Black-Friday-is-coming

http://www.forrespect.org

Its about time people started organizing. That "service economy" bullshit that the Bush/Clinton clan promoted was a load of shit.

[-] -2 points by DKAtoday (26024) from Coon Rapids, MN 1 year ago

This event seems to be getting some wide circulation efforts.

More sharing of this event "Black Friday Strikes" from the sumofus group:

Walmart workers are mad. For years, they have faced poverty wages, dangerous working conditions, and unreliable schedules. Full-time Walmart associates can make as little as $15,500 a year -- so hundreds of thousands of these workers are living in poverty, while the Walton family heirs have more wealth than the bottom third of American combined.

And Walmart workers are standing up for their rights. For the past year, they’ve been organizing and demanding better treatment. But management has offered little beyond but threats and retaliation. So now, Walmart workers are getting ready to go strike on Black Friday, the biggest shopping day of the year.

This strike could be the straw that finally breaks Walmart’s worker-mistreating back -- but only if people know about it. Unfortunately, as usual the mainstream media hasn’t paid it much attention.

Can you show your support for the strike by sharing this image on Facebook or forwarding this email to your friends?

Meet Carlton

Carlton Smith, pictured here, is just one example of a worker risking it all to go on strike on Black Friday. He isn’t anyone’s idea of a troublemaker or a rabble rouser. The grandfather of four has worked at a Paramount, California Walmart for 16 years, starting as an overnight stocker. Over the years, Carlton grew frustrated with the way Walmart treated his coworkers, who became like a second family to him. As profits and executive pay climbed higher and higher, Carlton’s friends’ wages shrank and their hours were cut until they could barely make ends meet.

Carlton wanted to stand up for his coworkers, so he joined the Organization United for Respect at Walmart (OUR Walmart, for short), a group of workers that advocates for better treatment. Carlton talked to his fellow employees and did outreach to the community; he flew to Bentonville to talk to CEO Mike Duke and Walton heir Rob Walton about the need for change at Walmart; he even introduced a shareholder resolution protesting overpayment of executives.

But conditions at Walmart remain appalling -- so Carlton isn’t giving up. Not even close. Last month he joined hundreds of other workers at Walmart’s corporate headquarters to demand an end to retaliation against workers who speak out. And if things don’t change over the next week, Carlton’s joining the strike on Black Friday.

Will you let your friends know the strike is coming by sharing our image on Facebook?

Thanks

Rob, Kaytee, and the team at SumOfUs

P.S. If you haven't yet signed our letter of solidarity to the striking workers yet, add your name now.


More Info:

"Alleging a New Wave of Retaliation, Walmart Warehouse Workers Will Strike a Day Early" The Nation, November 2012.

SumOfUs is a world-wide movement of people like you, working together to hold corporations accountable for their actions and forge a new, sustainable path for our global economy. You can follow us on Twitter, and like us on Facebook.

[-] 2 points by gnomunny (6614) from St Louis, MO 1 year ago

http://sumofus.org/

Thanks for alerting us to this. We need to support these people. Bookmarked.

[-] -1 points by DKAtoday (26024) from Coon Rapids, MN 1 year ago

So many good groups popping up - it is awesome to see. Check out my new post from the union of concerned scientists.

[-] 2 points by gnomunny (6614) from St Louis, MO 1 year ago

Will do. I'm working my way up the list and I'm almost there.

[-] -1 points by DKAtoday (26024) from Coon Rapids, MN 1 year ago

Some really good posts lately.

[-] 2 points by gnomunny (6614) from St Louis, MO 1 year ago

Yes there have been. Nice to see the lack of political posts. Maybe the forum's getting back to normal.

[-] -2 points by DKAtoday (26024) from Coon Rapids, MN 1 year ago

Would be nice - get down to business - of addressing issues. Now if we could just get the trouble makers to leave. Did I just type that? Oh - Hell - No - they are not gonna leave. Occupy changed the conversation of the nation - nope those assholes are gonna hang around and continue to try to disrupt this forum. WELL - FUCK EM - they failed this last year and they will fail in this coming year.

[-] 2 points by gnomunny (6614) from St Louis, MO 1 year ago

Oh yeah, they'll always be troublemakers popping up on this forum periodically, but it will always be fruitless.

[-] -1 points by DKAtoday (26024) from Coon Rapids, MN 1 year ago

Damn Right. {:-])

[-] 0 points by hchc (3297) from Tampa, FL 1 year ago

I would love to see occupy push to the front of the crowd and lock those freakin doors shut, and then kick in the back door for anyone who didnt want to be on the clock on Thanksgiving evening.

I never, and I mean NEVER, would force someone to work a holiday.

[-] -2 points by DKAtoday (26024) from Coon Rapids, MN 1 year ago

The height of greed and abuse of the workers and their families and the holidays.

Enough is Enough AssHoles.

[-] -2 points by DKAtoday (26024) from Coon Rapids, MN 1 year ago

World Wide Support called for in this action.

[-] -2 points by DKAtoday (26024) from Coon Rapids, MN 1 year ago

Please Share/Circulate.

[-] -2 points by DKAtoday (26024) from Coon Rapids, MN 1 year ago

Excerpt: Elevate Global Living Standards Establish a legally binding global responsible contractor policy requiring contractors and subcontractors to provide living wages, worker safety protections, and respect basic human and labor rights, including freedom of association and freedom from racial and gender discrimination.