This year, Walmart is starting its Black Friday sales on Thanksgiving Day at 8 p.m. to get a few steps in front of the competition. The benefits to Walmart’s bottom line will probably be marginal, while the costs to workers and their families will be much greater.
Thanksgiving is a holiday that all Americans share. And what’s even worse is that Walmart is using its wealth, its power and its influence to try to silence workers who do speak out for something better.
As the country’s largest employer, Walmart Stores, Inc. has a responsibility to create good jobs. But instead, Walmart has dragged down wages and forces its workers to work irregular schedules in most cases without health care benefits and retirement plans. When these workers have spoken out, Walmart has lashed out and some have had their hours cut, their schedules turned upside down, and certain workers have been fired. That’s not right. It’s not fair. Walmart must end its attempts to silence workers.
If you are fed up with Walmart’s greed and its exploitation of workers for profits TOO, please join us as we stand in solidarity with Walmart workers everywhere. We plan to expose “the Real Wally World” on Black Friday, the busiest shopping day of the year.
Black Friday, November 23, 2012
Walmart, 1901 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA