Tag Archives | walmart

Another Black Friday Walmart workers strike

Walmart on Black Friday 2009. By Laurie (CC BY-ND-NC 2.0)

Walmart on Black Friday 2009. By Laurie (CC BY-ND-NC 2.0)

via Hotair:

If you’re heading out to go hunting for holiday deals on the day after Thanksgiving this year, there’s a possibility that you will run into some problems if you plan on looking for those early gifts at Walmart. Workers who are still trying to form a union among the chain store’s employees – and their supporters in “social justice” circles – are planning another walkout for the busiest shopping day of the year. The details, however, are still somewhat vague.

Walmart employees who are organizing as part of OUR Walmart are promising the biggest strikes ever on Black Friday, saying more employees will participate than the previous two years.

Barbara Gertz, an employee from Denver, Colorado, said organizers are expecting to see protests in 1,600 stores. While they don’t yet have a headcount of how many workers will strike or in how many cities, she said they’ve gotten calls “every day” from employees who want to join in.

Read the rest
Continue Reading

26 arrested for protesting outside Walmart billionaire’s New York home

News Article CNNMoney 10/16/14:

Hundreds of protesters picketed outside the home of Alice Walton, the billionaire daughter of Walmart’s founder.

A total of 26 protesters were arrested when they blocked Park Avenue in the upscale New York neighborhood where Walton’s home is located. Another 16 were arrested in a similar protest outside a Walmart office in Washington, D.C.

The New York protesters carried signs that said “The Waltons are robbing America” and chanted “What do we want: Respect. When do we want it: Now.”

The workers had marched to Walton’s home to deliver a petition demanding that Walmart (WMT) start paying a minimum wage of $15. They were not allowed in the building.

The Walton family is one of the richest in the world. Alice and three other family members are among the top 10 richest Americans.

“If Walmart wants to call its workers ‘associates’, they should start treating us better,” said protester Barb Gertz (sitting in a green T-shirt in the photograph below).

Read the rest
Continue Reading

WATCH: Police in riot gear arrest California Walmart workers during sit-in over wages, firings

Police in riot gear arresting Walmart workers (KTLA)

Police in riot gear arresting Walmart workers (KTLA)

via Raw Story:

Police decked out in riot gear arrested Walmart workers and supporters after they blocked an intersection in front of a Pico Rivera, California store Thursday evening.

KTLA reports dozens of protestors were taken into custody by sheriff’s deputies wearing riot helmets and holding batons, several hours after the sit-in began, drawing hundreds protesting working conditions at the retail giant.

The sit-in followed a work stoppage  earlier in the day at the company’s Crenshaw Boulevard store in Baldwin Hills.

Employees in Baldwin Hills store stopped work and sat on the floor with tape over the mouths reading ‘strike,’ while holding signs saying, “Walmart stop the illegal threats.”

Walmart is currently under investigation for firing and threatening  employee activists.

Activists have been setting up protests at Walmart stores across the country, posting pictures on twitter at #walmartstrikers.

In Pico Rivers, some workers sat in the middle of the busy intersection holding signs and lit candles as deputies pulled them to their feet and loaded them into buses.

Read the rest
Continue Reading

‘History In The Making': Workers Hold First Sit-Down Work Action Targeting Walmart

“Stand Up, Live Better! Sit Down, Live Better!” workers chant. (Photo courtesy of DC Jobs With Justice)

“Stand Up, Live Better! Sit Down, Live Better!” workers chant. (Photo courtesy of DC Jobs With Justice)

Sarah Lazare writes at Common Dreams:

With tape symbolically strapped over their mouths, and holding signs demanding “stop the illegal threats,” dozens of workers on Thursday sat down amid the cash registers and merchandise racks of a Los Angeles Walmart store, in the first such work action to target the world’s biggest retailer.

Hailing from stores across California, including the Crenshaw District store where the sit-down is located, the workers say they are protesting the company’s unlawful drive to silence and intimidate associates for organizing in their workplaces. Later in the evening, workers will be joined by hundreds of community supporters, according to a statement from OUR Walmart.

“I am out here on strike because of retaliation and disrespect,” Venanci Lune, worker at a different L.A. Walmart store and member of the organization OUR Walmart, told Common Dreams over the phone from the protest.

Read the rest
Continue Reading

Report Documents Walmart Heirs’ Efforts to Destroy Rooftop Solar Revolution

Rob Walton, chairman of the Board for Walmart Stores, Inc., speaks to shareholders at the 2011 Walmart Shareholders Meeting in Fayetteville, Arkansas. (Photo: Walmart/flickr/cc)

Rob Walton, chairman of the Board for Walmart Stores, Inc., speaks to shareholders at the 2011 Walmart Shareholders Meeting in Fayetteville, Arkansas. (Photo: Walmart/flickr/cc)

By Deirdre Fulton via Common Dreams:

The Walton family—who, as heirs to the Walmart fortune, have more wealth than 42 percent of American families combined—are impeding the nation’s transition to a clean energy future, a new study by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) finds.

“The Waltons claim to have a deep commitment to sustainability, but their support for anti-solar initiatives tells a different story,” said Stacy Mitchell, a senior researcher at ILSR and author of How the Walton Family is Threatening America’s Clean Energy Future(pdf). “The Waltons are investing in efforts that both undercut clean energy and prevent average Americans from benefiting economically from solar power.”

The report reveals that since 2010, the Waltons have donated $4.5 million to more than 20 organizations, including the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), Americans for Prosperity, and the American Enterprise Institute, which are leading state campaigns against clean energy polices such as those that encourage utilities to source a share of their electricity from renewables or allow customers with rooftop solar systems to feed any excess electricity they produce back into the grid and be paid the going retail rate for it.

Read the rest
Continue Reading

Alice Walton (Heir to the Walmart Fortune) and Her DUIs

Alice Walton in attendance at the 2011 Walmart Shareholders Meeting.

Alice Walton in attendance at the 2011 Walmart Shareholders Meeting.

Having money really can get you out of anything.

via Policy.Mic:

It was a routine arrest, the kind Texas Public Safety officers like Trooper Jeffrey Davis make every day. But little did Davis know that the woman he had just booked for driving while intoxicated possessed a superhuman power. She wasn’t able to walk heel to toe. She couldn’t put her index finger to her nose if her eyes were shut. She even had a hard time keeping her head up. In other words, she failed the Standardized Roadside Sobriety Test that Davis administered the evening of Oct. 7, 2011 and was arrested.

Yet, she was Alice Walton, heiress to the Walmart fortune, a woman with a superhuman power at her disposal. The power to swipe-up artistic masterpieces prized around the world and horde them in backwater Bentonville, Ark. The power to keep an international payroll of three million people doing your bidding, under the boot of poverty.

Read the rest
Continue Reading

Florida Man Claiming To Be ‘Palm Reader’ Palming Women In Walmart Parking Lot

Screen Shot 2014-05-20 at 3.45.12 PMWhat? Next thing I know you’ll be telling me that the guy offering prostate exams in the back alley behind Taco Bell isn’t legit.

According to an arrest report, a female reported Thursday that she was approached by the man in the Walmart parking lot after she had loaded her child into her car. He said he wanted to read her palm.

The man told the woman he could tell she was pregnant and requested to feel the child’s heartbeat. Although the woman said “no” the man insisted and touched the woman’s breast. Before walking away, the man told the woman the child was a boy.

via Sanford Herald – Sanford man arrested after groping women in Walmart parking lot.

Read the rest

Continue Reading

Top 5 Worst Paying Corporations & Wal-Mart’s Wage War | Brainwash Update

Abby Martin discusses the US federal minimum wage law and calls out the top five corporations, such as Target, McDonalds and Yum Brands that refuse to pay their workers a living wage despite posting record profits and generously compensating their CEOs. Abby then speaks with RT political commentator, Sam Sacks, about Wal-Mart’s shady business practices, the decision by the National Labor Relations Board to go after the company for illegally firing workers after they decided to protest the store’s wage policies last year and the corporation’s decision to build six new stores in the District of Columbia.

LIKE Breaking the Set @ http://fb.me/BreakingTheSet
FOLLOW Abby Martin @ http://twitter.com/AbbyMartin

Read the rest

Continue Reading