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Today, 4pm, Times Square: Support Striking Fast Food Workers!

Posted 2 years ago on Nov. 29, 2012, 1 p.m. EST by OccupyWallSt
Tags: labor, fast food forward, fastfoodfwd, nyc, living wage

picket line in front of mcdonalds

Today across NYC, fast food workers walked off the job and joined festive picket lines, calling for a living wage, fair working conditions, and a union. You can find out more, including how to support their efforts, at Fastfoodforward.org. For live updates on Twitter, use #fastfoodfwd. Also, today at 4pm, join us for a rally in Times Square to show support in person!

via 99 Pickets Brigade

From Walmart to fast food, low wage workers are standing up and demanding more!

Today, NYC fast food workers from dozens of stores, including McDonald’s, Burger King, Domino’s, KFC, Taco Bell, Wendy’s and Papa John’s are walking out, in a historic one day strike for a fair unionization process, decent wages, reasonable scheduling, paid sick days and an end to retaliation.

Organizers from New York Communities for Change have been meeting with workers for months, and now workers are standing up and demanding respect at their jobs.

Put these multi-billion dollar corportations on notice: these workers do not stand alone.

Thursday, Nov. 29th
4:00 pm Rally at the Times Square McDonald's
220 West 42nd Street (between 7th & 8th Ave.)

Friday, Nov. 30th
Show solidarity with striking workers as they go back to for work. Collective action is protected under U.S. labor law, and the workers are asking the community to be on-site at fast food locations around the city to support them as they return to the job.

Sign up for a shift on Friday by RSVPing to gfries@unitedny.org. Two shifts are available: 5:30am-8:30am and 9:30am-12:30pm. Meet-up locations are all over the city, including Manhattan (310 W. 43rd St.) and Brooklyn (2-4 Nevins).

Save the Date: Thursday, Dec. 6

workers picket line at a mcdonalds - via @united_ny

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#WalmartStrikers Prove the 99% Can Fight Back

Posted 2 years ago on Nov. 23, 2012, 11:48 p.m. EST by OccupyWallSt
Tags: solidarity, labor, walmart

Stand Up!! Live Better!!

According to the Organization United for Respect at Walmart, 1,000 protests occurred at Walmart stores across 46 states, with hundreds of workers walking off the job in an unprecedented decentralized, open-source strike at the retail giant. Nine people, including three Walmart workers, were arrested in Los Angeles for blocking traffic. Local Occupy groups supported actions in dozens of cities. OWS joined with 99 Pickets, ALIGN, the Retail Action Project, and others to show solidarity to Walmart workers in Secaucus, New Jersey. Despite attempts by Walmart's propaganda department to downplay the events, the latest massive wave of strikes and solidarity actions at Walmart forced even the corporate media to pay attention, and put the 1% on notice: When we work together, another world is possible. We do not have to accept poverty, low wages, or unfair working conditions with no benefits while six members of the Walton family are worth more than the bottom 42% of American families combined.

However, the struggle is far from over! Today's inspiring actions point the way forward. Please continue to support OUR Walmart and all low-wage workers in the struggle for economic justice and show support for the courageous workers and unemployed people on the frontlines against income inequality.

They say roll back, we say fight back!

Sticker inside a Walmart: "The 99% Stands with Walmart workers to stop exploitation and abuse throughout the supply chain"

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Give to the Walmart Organizer Fund, Support the Black Friday #WalmartStrikers!

Posted 2 years ago on Nov. 22, 2012, 9:04 p.m. EST by OccupyWallSt
Tags: solidarity, labor, walmart

Festive picket line wearing costumes and holding sign reading "Stand Up! Live Better! Unfair Labor Practice / Strike!" -- via @ForRespect
Picket line happening right now in Miami! -- other actions, including walk-outs, have already begun in Ohio, California, Maryland, New York, Florida, Texas, Indiana, Wisconsin, Arizona, North Dakota, Alabama, and growing as of 11pm Eastern time! See below for info on following live updates

We are reaching out to you today to see if you would consider supporting the Walmart workers who are being unfairly fired for organizing their peers.

https://www.wepay.com/donations/walmart-worker-organizer-fund
https://www.wepay.com/donations/walmart-strikers-food-fund

Why should I support the workers?
Getting fired for demonstrating is a scary thing. We at the Occupy Solidarity Network would like to help alleviate that worry for anyone who is fired in retribution for organizing or demonstrating at Walmart. Walmart workers decided in October 2012 to strike on Black Friday after they were targeted for retaliation for speaking out against substandard work conditions and treatment in the first ever walk out in the history of the company. Now we are looking at a world in which the bravest workers of Walmart are being fired so they may be silenced.

We will support the workers participating in organizing efforts and nonviolent demonstrations in support of the fight for economic civil rights of the Walmart worker effort. Money raised will go towards paying stipends and living expenses for workers fired for organizing and participating in acts of peaceful civil disobedience.

Click here to support the Walmart organizers today!
Click here to donate to the Walmart Workers Food Fund!


people holding lit-up letters spelling out "respect the workers" in front of a walmart
#walmartstrikers solidarity in Kenosha, WI from overpass light brigade

To find a walk-out/picket line near you, see here. For live coverage, follow @ForRespect, @ChangeWalmart, and #WalmartStrikers on Twitter.

You can also support the strike and show your solidarity on social media using Thunderclap or sign this petition from Jobs With Justice.

More social media resources:
http://artistsvswalmart.tumblr.com/
http://documentthestrike.tumblr.com/
http://ChangeWalmart.tumblr.com/

Past articles for more information on supporting Walmart workers and the Black Friday Strike:


Walmart workers on strike

More info via Making Change @ WMT (see original link for sources)

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Support Walmart Black Friday Strikers!

Posted 2 years ago on Nov. 17, 2012, 1:50 a.m. EST by OccupyWallSt
Tags: labor, boycott, donate, walmart, black friday

Boycott Walmart Poster

Support the Walmart Black Friday Strikers!

It's time to take a stand and support the workers who are standing up to live better through an unfair labor practice strike.

Walmart workers decided to strike on Black Friday after they were targeted for retaliation for speaking out about substandard work conditions and treatment last month in the first ever walk out in the history of the company.

We ask you to help us feed the workers who will walk out on the company next week on the biggest shopping day of the year.

https://www.wepay.com/donations/walmart-strikers-food-fund

The workers are demanding the following from Walmart:

  1. Improve Workers’ Lives
    Pay a minimum of $25,000/year and guarantee quality, affordable health coverage for all Walmart associates and workers in the company’s US distribution chain.

  2. Rebuild Communities
    Sign on to a national community benefits agreement that ensures as Walmart expands into new markets, it strengthens communities, protects the environment and is responsible for the well-being of its employees in its retail stores and US supply and distribution chain.

  3. Put Its Promises in Writing
    Agree to a global labor agreement guaranteeing the fundamental human right of freedom of association for all of its associates and instruct their suppliers to do the same, and recognize and negotiate with OUR Walmart.

  4. 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.

How can I support in other ways?

You can join solidarity actions throughout the United States. Find out which solidarity actions are being organized and the store employees that are participating by going to the Corporate Action Network event page.

“The only thing workers have to bargain with is their skill or their labor. Denied the right to withhold it as a last resort, they become powerless. The strike is therefore not a breakdown of collective bargaining-it is the indispensable cornerstone of that process." -- Paul Clark

Click here and support the Walmart Black Friday strikers today!

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