Flash Mobs: The New Form of Picketing? [Video]

With the tagline of "Living Wages, Healthy Communities," Respect DC is a community of workers, students, parents and organizations all concerned with one common goal -- the quality of life in Washington, D.C., and its surrounding communities. Since they advocate that all D.C. employers provide a decent living wage for employees, it should come as no surprise that Walmart's expansion into the District is a major bone of contention.

Walmart has come under fire for years regarding various allegations of discrimination and wage theft. Dr. Jarvis Johnson, spokesperson for the "Living Wages, Healthy Communities" coalition, said that, "Walmart has a golden opportunity to step up and embrace this path to genuine partnership" in the Washington, D.C., area.

The coalition has proposed an enforceable Community Benefits Agreement, which includes such standards as "full-time, living wage jobs" and "equal pay for all workers, regardless of gender or race." Similar coalitions have been challenging Walmart's entry into or expansion in communities nationwide, from Philadelphia to Seattle.

Spreading the word about these initiatives can be difficult, which is why Respect DC recently chose to stage a flash mob as a form of protest and information sharing. Over 100 DC residents and coalition members banded together at a Walmart store in Laurel, Md., to show their support for the coalition's message.

Alan Barber, an associate at that Maryland store, was touched by the message. "We don't get the respect we deserve at work," he said. "Management overworks and underpays us, and then makes things worse by creating a climate of fear so most associates are too afraid to demand better treatment."

Check out the flash mob below, and share your opinion of Walmart's expansion with us in the comments. For more information regarding the "Living Wages, Healthy Communities" coalition, visit RespectDC.org.





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laedbac1

Walmart employees need Union Representation. Also Walmart needs to stop dealing only in made in Communist China and third world products. That would greatly help American workers all over our nation. End of story.

July 22 2011 at 5:33 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
red

This is the wave of the future in the Hollywood atmosphere of leftist politics.

July 22 2011 at 4:58 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
ironmikemiata

Every one talks how bad Walmart is to it's employees yet YOU STILL SHOP THERE ? O.K.I'm also quilty,but after they put everyone out of business in the surrounding area,they become the sole source of goods & Jobs ! Many may not know that Secretary of State Hillery Rodham Clinton once sat on the Board of Directors at Walmart that launched (Financed ) Mr.Bills Bid for political office !& We all know where that ended up! Who said SLAVERY IS'NT DEAD

July 22 2011 at 2:37 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
nuclearboy2020

You think walmart is sick? Search caskets walmart Or you can search walmart classifieds. They want your money and they done care how they get it.

July 22 2011 at 2:11 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
stroudmds

'But it low, stack it high and sell it cheap'...Quote from bud and willie walmarts biography.

July 22 2011 at 1:52 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
richikid

YES YOU WON FOR THE MOMENT ................. now GET your tail BACK to work FOR THE MAN

or YOUR OUT OF HERE ! .............. CHINA MAN gonna do YOUR JOB .....For Much Less.....

As they take over U.S. A. ! WAKE UP AMERICA ! Unions ARE history ! CHINA WORLD POWER U.S.A. ......................... HISTORY ! roundeye fools !

July 22 2011 at 1:43 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
gokilewa

REPORT ANY EMPLOYER THAT HIRES ILLEGAL ALIENS TO YOUR GOVERNOR, THE BORDER PATROL AND THE I.N.S.

July 22 2011 at 1:15 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
fo6berd

most walmart employees couldn't get a job flipping hamburgers, so they need to shut their ignorant mouths and be happy someone was stupid enough to even give them a job. they bare as ignorant as most operating room techs now that come out f these vo-tech schools for idiots.

July 22 2011 at 12:54 AM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
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nuclearboy2020

you sound like someone who works for walmart

July 22 2011 at 1:50 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
CAE5877

I don't know why Walmart don't have a policy in place to hire high school graduates with good school grades but no work experience. Make those young employees sign a contract to work for Walmart for up to 2 years only, unless they can get promoted to higher level positions that are open for hire, otherwise they are on their own if they don't get a job somewhere else before their two-year contract is up. Just keep replacing a two year employee with a high school graduate everytime a two-year contract expires. Of course there are factories and other places for high school graduates to work but some people don't like to work in factories or other industries for various reasons, they prefer retail.

July 22 2011 at 12:29 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Bill Barbour

They should visit every Wal-Mart in the country on a continous basis!

July 21 2011 at 11:54 PM Report abuse -4 rate up rate down Reply

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